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It’s Enough!

 

2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP “but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough–always available–regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.”

As Believers, sometimes we feel that we are not enough, or aren’t doing enough. Don’t let us mess up, this leads to feelings of unworthiness. I’ve felt this way before and I thank God for helping me to see who I am and His love for me. We won’t always get it right. If you are experiencing this, do not isolate yourself. The enemy wants you to do that.
God says His grace is sufficient for us. That means it’s enough for us.
He is enough for us! We don’t need to have it all the way figured out. We have Jesus! That is good news. This good work that He started in us won’t be completed until Jesus comes back, as it says in Philippians 1:6.

We don’t have to beat ourselves up. He is enough! He fills in the gaps!

Let God show Himself in your life by understanding your weaknesses and bragging about His strength! Brag on Jesus! It doesn’t matter what situation you find yourself in. Where we are weak, He is strong. The Lord wants us to depend on Him and seek Him daily. He wants us to put Him first, knowing He is enough. I can’t stress that too much. Don’t walk around defeated. The enemy is defeated. Not you!

His love is enough! His mercy is enough! His kindness is enough!

Our Heavenly Father loves you with an everlasting love! Sometimes it’s hard to receive because you aren’t used to it, but slowly as you continue, day by day to trust Him with the 1 day, each day becomes easier. Trust Him with your 1 day. That means to take it day by day.
 You may have some vices you need to work out. The wonderful thing about submission to God is that He cleans you up. You can’t be too filthy. (However, don’t just stay in a place of willful sin. That isn’t what I am saying)
I use to believe that I was too messed up for the Lord to save and forgive, yet He forgave me. He saved me out of my mess. And some of my mess I was still doing after being saved, such as smoking marijuana and regularly drinking. I went back and forth with it, thinking I could control it or that God knows my heart so it’s ok. The Lord showed me that He didn’t want that. He showed me that they were strongholds. (I will discuss those in a separate post)
Glory to God because of His Love, and Mercy. It took longer for me to release myself from my past. I eventually forgave myself, and started walking in confidence.
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I believe the word when it says, If God is for me, who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)
Walk in that. Know it and believe it. Get it deep down in you. Once you realize who you are and who God is, you will not walk around condemned and defeated. You will not be a slave to your vices. You will be empowered. You will trust that God will perfect that which concerns you. (Psalms 138:8)
Don’t trust in anything more than God. Don’t love anything more than God. Don’t put anything before God. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will set your path straight. (Proverbs 3:6)
What the Lord has laid on my heart is His love for His children.

I wrote a prayer but add whatever you want to surrender to Him ok? Pray this out loud:
Heavenly Father, today I surrender my problems to you. I surrender my children, my job, my health, my husband, my car, my mind, my emotions, my life and my way! I surrender it all to you Father. I want your will to be done in my life. I say Yes to your will and yes to your way! I pray in the name of Jesus that you will go before me this day and set my path straight. Where I am weak you are strong. Show yourself to me today Father! Show your strength in my life, in the name of Jesus. You say in your word that you will teach me the ways of wisdom and lead me in straight paths. I’m standing on your word and believing you. You lead and I will follow trusting that you will never leave me or forsake me. Today, I will shift the atmosphere wherever I go because He who is in me is greater than He who is in the world.  I pray in the name of Jesus that my light shines ever so brightly and I show love. I thank you for striving with me. I thank you for your grace and your mercies that are new everyday. Thank you Lord and I give you the glory, honor and all the praise. Amen

This is a daily walk but literally take it day by day.
One day at a time. Trusting God this day. Taking up your cross this day. Leaning on Him this day.
Tomorrow will have its own worries. (Matthew 6:34)
Be blessed

When your reality conflicts with what God said…

How many of you are in a transitional phase of your life? You’ve received a word from the Lord and you are waiting for it to manifest.  The reality of your situation is not lining up to what was spoken.

You’re waiting on God, but my question is: How are you waiting? 

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Let’s consider, two examples:

God spoke a word to Abraham that He will bless his seed with land. He said that all the families on earth would be blessed through him. He told Abraham that he could count the stars in the sky and that’s how many descendants he would have. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, were wondering how when they didn’t even have a son to begin with. Also, he and his wife were very old, well past child bearing age. Abraham’s reality didn’t line up to what God said. God’s word came to pass. Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. Even though, He didn’t understand how. He believed God and it was counted as righteousness. However, there is a twist. Abraham and Sarah moved ahead of the Lord and made different plans. they believed what He said, but thought they would help Him. You see, they didn’t have a seed. So Sarah told Abraham to sleep with Hagar, her maidservant and have a child. He did. And Ishmael was born. Even though Abraham now had a son, he was not the son that God promised. Isaac was the promised seed. God’s word still came to pass. Read the account at Genesis 18-21.

This is a very relatable story and a prime example of reality not lining up to what God said. But with patience, and standing still we will see God come through. He knows the plans that He has towards us.

Let’s also look a the Israelites in the wilderness. The Lord had just rescued them from Egypt.

The Lord told the the Israelites that He will give them Canaan as the Promised Land. Read the account here at Numbers 13-14. He freed them from Egypt and they were witnesses to many miraculous signs and wonders. They saw His glory in Egypt and the wilderness. He went before them as a pillar of a cloud in the day and a pillar of fire at night.

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The Lord said for Moses to send out 12 leaders from each tribe to spy out the land of Canaan. They went and spied on the land for 40 days. They came back with conflicting reports. 10 of the leaders thought the land was impossible for the Israelites to capture. They saw the men in Canaan as being too powerful for them to overcome. Two of the leaders thought it was very possible because God was on their side. They all received the same word, but saw the situation differently. You know what the difference was? It was their faith. Their trust in God. Who believed His word? They all received it. But who believed it? It was only 2 of them, Joshua and Caleb who said that they could, “certainly conquer it.” They told the people not to be afraid because the Lord was with them. That is what faith looks like. The situation may appear to be impossible. It may look quite bleak, but if the Lord speaks a word you can count on it.

God sent His word forth.

What do we know about the word of the Lord? We know that it says in Isaiah 55:11, that His word will not return to Him void and will set out to accomplish the purpose for which it was sent. This means when God speaks a word to us, we can believe it.

The problem comes when we are looking at our circumstances. Our reality and day to day isn’t lining up with what God said because what He said hasn’t manifest in the natural yet.  The reality is conflicting to what was spoken. This requires great faith. It requires us walking by faith and not sight.

I will share 4 ways that can help you to walk by faith:

  1. Read the examples in the bible. The word of God is full of examples of men and women getting a word from God and seeing it manifest. In some cases it happened right away and others it didn’t. Read examples such as Abraham and Sarah with the promised seed, Mary with the promise of giving birth to Jesus, Noah with the promise of a flood, Joshua with a dream that came to pass, and David who was anointed as king, but it didn’t manifest until he was an adult. They are among many others.

  2. Look at what God has already done for you. God is working on our behalf daily. It’s important to recall what He has done for you. If you get stuck, while you are waiting on a word to manifest, think back to the things that happened in the past. think about your experience with God. Did you have an answered prayer? Did He heal you? Did He wipe out a bill for you? Did He give you favor in a particular situation? God does things in such a way that you cannot deny that it was Him. He will not let you boast on yourself or give His glory to another. You know the things that He has done. Keep those in your mind. If He has done it before, He will do it again.

  3. Listen to testimonies. You have your own testimonies and that is what I was speaking of in number two. But, also, the testimony of others can truly build your faith. It shows you that you are not alone in things that you go through. It also shows you that God is still moving. He is moving, even as you are waiting. You see the amazing things that He is capable of. You hear the testimony and something wells up inside of you. You praise Him for what He did for someone else.

  4. Pray. Yes pray. Prayer and developing an intimate connection with the Lord is paramount. Once you start to seek Him daily in prayer, your faith will build. Once you start to communicate with God you will learn the many ways that He speaks to us. God reveals things through prayer as well. Pray and then learn to sit quietly in His presence. This takes time and is not easy initially. But very worth it in your walk with God.

 

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As I mentioned earlier, the Israelites were walking by sight and not faith, despite the experiences that they had with God. They had testimonies of His greatness and the wonderful things He did for them. He sustained them in the wilderness. He fed them with manna falling from Heaven. Fresh manna daily. They couldn’t store it up, because they had to depend on Him daily. Just as we do. As we should. That’s a miracle. They didn’t go hungry and He was with them daily. His cloud followed them by day and His fire by night. He led them. They knew what He was capable of. They started complaining about the manna. Lord help us. We are not so different today.

Their unbelief came with consequences.  They didn’t believe Him.  Yes, they had to wait. But, how did they wait?  With murmurs and complaints the entire time that He was sustaining them and teaching them. He gave them laws during this time among other things. At the end of the day, they were unable to enter into the promise land because of their unbelief. (Number 14: 20-23) The funny thing is, they would say that they believed and would do all that God said to do, yet their actions didn’t line up with that. A lesson for us today, for sure.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)  Catch that?

What makes it hard is all the other voices we hear. Not anything spooky. I mean, our own voice, the enemy, our friends, etc. We have to learn to drown out the noise. A great way to do this is watching what we take in. What we listen to. What we watch. If we are spending more time daily with anything and everything but God, we will miss what He is saying. It’s more than just going to church on Sunday. It’s deeper than that. It takes pressing into Him. He says seek and you shall find. (Matthew 7:7)

When doubt enters in, rebuke it. When negative thoughts come, rebuke them and replace them with positive thoughts. The word says we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) This is an all day, daily thing. I say this because thoughts will come. You will look at your situation and thoughts will come, words and actions even. But make a practice of taking them captive.

Speak life into your situations: Speak these affirmations, depending on the situation: I am the head and not the tail. I am a lender and not a borrower. By His stripes I am healed. I am the righteousness of Christ. God will perfect that which concerns me. All things will work for the good of those who love God and called to His purpose. I am called according to His purpose and things will work out for me. God is not a man that He could lie. What He says will come to pass. God says His word will not return to Him void. It will do what He purposes for it to do. God will never leave or forsake me. God knew me before the foundation of the world. God is my provider. In all my ways I will acknowledge him and he will set my path straight. There is nothing taking God by surprise. He knows all things. I can trust the Lord in my situation.

Say things like that. That’s the sword of the Spirit. The word of God.

I am very practical when it comes to this because I go off of my experiences. I have had many situations where a word was spoken over me and I look around and I don’t understand because my situation looks nothing like what was spoken. I have tried to take matters in my own hands as well many times because the Lord didn’t move when or the way I thought He should.  I think of the scripture in Proverbs 14:12 that says, “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” This scripture is repeated at Proverbs 16:25.  We can’t just go our own way and think all will be well. It won’t. I believe the word of God. If you are a believer, you must act like it. Not in word only, but in deed. In your actions, even your thoughts.

God doesn’t move on our timetable. But He is always right on time. I know it sounds like a cliche’, but it is very true. You’ve had your experiences. What is different about this one that you’re in? Is God different? No. The word says that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) So If He isn’t different, why can’t you trust Him? Yes, you find yourself in a tough situation. You may have been prophesied an answer. You may have been prophesied something amazing for your future or perhaps your spiritual gifts. You may look and say, “When Lord?”, “How Lord?”  And Glory to God because even in the waiting, He will sometimes reinforce what He said, so you know that He does, in fact hear you. It can come through someone else, a dream, the written or spoken word, or directly thru your spirit.

He speaks to you. But are you listening? Remember His thoughts are not your thoughts and ways not your ways. He may not move the way you want, or when, but again, He IS moving. He loves you with an everlasting love. Don’t doubt Him. You can stand on His word trusting that it will come to pass.

Trust God even when His answer is wait.

What are some ways that you stand on your faith, even when your reality says something other than what God said?

 

Where we are weak…

God is strong. 

The Lord says that where we are weak, He is strong.

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“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
 “So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭31:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When do you actually find out how strong you are? When do you find out what you’re made of? How much can you endure? 

It’s through trials and tribulations that we all face in the world. 

I was sitting outside this morning enjoying my coffee and reflecting on this season of my life. 

I was reflecting on the loss of my mom last year, suddenly from a heart attack.

I didn’t understand. That was such a hard time for me. Do you think it’s easier to lose someone suddenly or watch them slowly slip away? 

Think about it…

I think about it and I wish I had more time with my mom. I would not want to see her “wasting away” but I definitely wish she was still here. We are selfish too, you know. 

We want what we want. We want who we want. Sometimes our loved ones want to go. Sometimes they are tired.

In the case of my mom, I felt, in retrospect, that she knew that she was leaving us. She said her goodbyes. How do people know?? I don’t know. But she did. 

The last time I saw her felt like a “goodbye”, she told me how proud she was of me and how much she loved me and that she knew I would continue to do well in life. She looked me in the eyes and was extra “loving”  My mother was not like that. She didn’t say, “I love you” often at all. And that was ok. It was normal. But there was more said and I left there feeling amazing at how she spoke to me. I felt like a little girl hearing from your mom how proud she was of you. I joked with her how she was laying it on thick LOL and I would be there to pick her and dad up Monday because they hadn’t been to my new salon since it was finished. They saw it a few times while it was being worked up and everything .

We made a date. 

That day never came. She passed away 4 days later from that conversation.

That same year in September, towards the end of the month, I felt a lump in my right breast. I was alarmed. I was in the shower and something made me check. It wasn’t a regular routine for me. Let me tell you though. As soon as I felt it, I instantly knew it wasn’t right. It wasn’t just fibrous tissues. I hoped, but something inside of me said otherwise. 

I called my Gynecologist. I saw her in October. She wanted further examination. She wrote me a referral for a mammogram. It would be my very first. 

I made that call after my 40th birthday party. I didn’t want to deal with it. I went for my mammogram. It came back abnormal. Then there were more tests. Ultrasounds and biopsies. 

All of which were abnormal. Hmmmm is this really happening?? That is what I wondered. 

After it was all said and done, I was diagnosed with Breast cancer. Initially they thought stage 2b before surgery. After they opened me up they discovered so much more disease and I was officially stage 3b. What? How? Why? 


The doctors said coming in October versus November would not have made a difference. From the size and spread of the tumor, it was inside of me for awhile. So during this time, my mother in law was hospitalized and my father. They both had major surgery. I didn’t want to tell them what was going on with me. 

Christmas Day was spent going to the hospital visiting them both. All the while knowing I had cancer, but didn’t want to tell them. 

I kept it under wraps and told my spiritual mom, spiritual sisters and natural sister. I slowly started to let it be known. I needed prayer. I needed strength.

My dad was also diagnosed with liver cancer. He currently is fighting that cancer which is stage 4 and spread to his bones. God help us. 

I say that you never know how strong you are until you go through. 

My life has been turned upside down. Yet still I stand! 

I am thankful to God for His mercy and peace. He has given me peace in the midst of this storm. 

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”

‭‭Job‬ ‭13:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Trials and tribulations do not have to be the end.

We will face trials in this world. No one is immune to them. Jesus was heavily persecuted and said that we would be as well. My trial may not be yours; however, it doesn’t diminish yours. 

We all share this human experience, meaning we experience similar issues. Issues that cut through race barriers. Issues that cut through religion and sexuality barriers. We are human. We are in a world where food that is meant to give us nutrition is killing us. That’s another story altogether smh.

I want to encourage you today that God never intended for us to live this way. He doesn’t want us suffering like we are. He loves us. He desires us all to be saved. He desires us all to come to an accurate knowledge of who He is. 

Death is not the end. Not if you’re saved. Jesus has Resurrection power! Hallelujah!


John 5:28-29, NKJV. “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

I encourage you to live your life and enjoy it daily. I encourage you to get to know God. I encourage you to do things you love and be around people you love. I encourage you to be selfish with yourself sometimes. Understand how important time is and how you can’t get it back. Don’t allow people to waste it. Spend time with who you want. Be genuine in your dealings with people. Trust that God will set your path straight. Cast your cares on Him. Don’t live your life frustrated . Remember that we all have choices. We just have to deal with our choices, whatever that may be. 

Remember to be kind. In a cruel world that is rare, but people are kind. They’re out here.

 You want love? Show love

You want a friend? Be a friend. 

Let it start with the man or woman in the mirror. Many times we must encourage ourselves. But let’s also encourage others. 

Life is definitely what we make it. It’s about how we react to the situations we deal with daily. What is our thought process like? You know thoughts turn into actions, actions into habits, habits into character… 

I always say the battle is in our minds. Stay strong in your mind. Stay positive. Faith helps with this. Trying to go at it alone without God seems daunting to me. We all need hope. Without hope what’s the point of it all? 


What do you believe in? Trust in? It must be greater than yourself? Right?

 Take the limits off God! We’re limited. He is not. 

Regardless of what life throws at me, I know the Lord will never leave nor forsake me. I believe that! That’s real to me. My hope lies with Him. 

I love you for taking the time to read my blog. I truly love writing and expressing myself this way. This is healing to my mind and spirit.

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Faith it and you will make it

Have you ever heard the term, “Fake it until you make it?”

Most people have. Do you know what it means?

It means to imitate confidence and competence with an optimistic mindset.  You do this until it comes to pass.  The “faking it” part is acting in a way as if it was already true.

The “making it” part is the hopeful realization that it will come to pass.

You have to believe in yourself even to fake it.

You have to be confident enough to pull it off. You must act the part.

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Faith it and you will make it!

This is the meaning of Faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Having faith means to hope and also to believe. You can’t “fake it.” Not truly. You can have the appearance of faith to onlookers but you can’t lie to God. Also, it’s pointless to fake faith because what you need to happen won’t happen. You see, the same concept doesn’t work for faith. The whole “pretending” thing.

Yes, I hear you, it’s similar right? In both situations, you are hoping for something that isn’t quite true because it hasn’t happened. The difference with faith is God. We are believing that God is who He says He is, and will do what He says He will do. We are believing in the power of God.

God causes those things that are not, as though they were. So we are trusting and believing God. That is the foundation of having faith. Trusting God. And how can you actually trust God, if you don’t believe He is God? Or that He is able to do all things as He says in His word?

Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)

19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

You can’t pretend to have faith. You just have to have it. you either believe Him or you don’t. I know I make it sound simple. I understand that initially it isn’t simple. But trust me, as you continue in your walk with God, it gets easier.

See for me, my experience is my evidence.

I have experience with God, and that experience has taken me from faith to faith. My faith grows each time.

Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. Roman 4:20

 

Faith makes you look crazy. Seriously. You are believing something that looks hopeless and onlookers are saying, “You are crazy to keep believing in a dead situation.” How many can relate?

But believe and don’t waver. Don’t stop believing God.

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17

I want to share with you one of my experiences. I have many, and will have many more as I continue in my walk with the Lord.

It was about 18 months ago that my husband and I purchased our home. I feel excitement even as I am typing this because God is so good. We were house hunting and we looked at many homes. When we came to this home, I fell in love. It was my home. I saw my family in it. I went to the backyard and I placed my hands on it and decreed and declared it mine, and saying to the Lord that He said that He would give me what I asked in faith and that no good thing would He withhold from me. I believed Him for this house. I walked away feeling very confident. (Job 22:28)

All was going well. We put our offer in. I kept telling the realtor that this house was going to be ours. I said to him, “What’s mine is mine, and no one can take it from me.” He would smile and look curiously at me. I enrolled my children in their new schools with only a purchase agreement. We hadn’t closed on the home, but to me that was a mere technicality. I started setting up transfers of service and everything.

So after these things had taken place, we received a call saying that our deal fell through because someone came with a cash offer and the sellers were taking it. WOW

True story.

I heard the realtor. I did. But I didn’t believe it…I didn’t receive it. I told my husband that night, it still felt like our home. It didn’t feel like we lost it.  The next day our realtor was very apologetic and said, “These things happen. I have more homes to show you that are equally as nice.”

We looked at a few homes. I was very unenthusiastic about the whole thing. I couldn’t understand. I said, “Lord you gave me peace with this home. I believed you for it and still believe you.”

To make a long story short we received a call saying that the sellers were going with us. Yes! us! He thought they were crazy LOL and at closing their realtor said the same. He didn’t understand the decision they made.  Yet I said, at closing, “What did I tell y’all?”, “What’s mine is mine, and this was my home.” welcome home

I love God! That was a testimony that day and a witness to His goodness. His faithfulness. I am thankful everyday in my home. I know what God can do. I don’t care what a situation looks like. He can turn marriages around. He can deliver from drugs and alcohol. He can heal.

He can do anything.

You just need to go back to the last thing He did for you. And other things that He has done for you. Marinate on that. Whether it’s small or big. Build your faith off of your experiences. There are also testimonies of His goodness that your friends/family members may have. He is the same God.

Believe and confess the word of God over your situation. God says He watches over His word to perform it and that it will not return to Him void.

Look at what the scriptures say at Jeremiah 1:12, Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” and at Isaiah 55:11, “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

You can see a real move of God in your life if you just believe, trust and have confidence in Him and His word.

His word is true.

We don’t want to “fake it” until we “make it” in our walk with God. We want to truly “Faith it” so we can “make it.” Make it to whatever we are believing God for.

 Without faith it’s impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)

And with faith we must have works. We must act like what we say. We must act on what we say we believe. (James 2: 14-26) Don’t ask God to save your marriage and talk negative about your marriage every chance you get. Speak life into that situation. Speak the Word. If you’re believing God for a job, go apply. Go on interviews. Don’t sit in your home and say things like, “I’ll never get a job”, or “There are no good jobs.” God can do all things, but we have free will. He does work with us and will not force us. He wants to do for us. He knows how to give us good gifts too, the best! But ask, believing that you will receive, regardless of what it looks like. We pray, but we must also speak the word over our situations. Then have patience. Patience in His perfect timing.

I am believing God for my total and complete healing from cancer. I believe Him. I speak healing over myself. I speak His word. All is well with me. I believe God’s report. Sometimes this cancer stuff looks downright ugly too. The side effects of the treatments do a number on me. I say, “This too shall pass.”  This is a chapter of my life, not my entire life. I have so much more life to live. God has shown me things in dreams and visions and prophetic words spoken over me. I believe Him.

They haven’t come to pass yet, so I am not going anywhere just yet.

He is not a man that He should lie.

This entire time since my diagnosis, surgery and treatments, I have been on a faith walk. It came out of nowhere and I didn’t understand what was happening in my life. Diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Everything stopped for me. My state of mind is very important during a season such as this. The enemy came with his lies. I rebuked him and continue to look to God. I have to trust God in my finances, my state of mind, my health, my family, etc. So much was affected with me being down. God is my healer. He is my deliverer. He is my provider and way maker. Sometimes I feel really terrible. Sometimes I have pain so badly that I can’t even get out of the bed. But you know what I do? I say, “Thank you Jesus”, and “I bless your name Lord.” I praise Him! I have a prayer room in the basement and when I can’t make it down there, I pray from my bed. I praise Him and I trust Him through my trial. Trusting He will see me through it. Faith that He will never leave me.

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God is real. He is faithful. Make it a priority to go deeper. There is surface faith. The milk. and that is OK if that is where you are, but don’t stay there. We all start there. Babies in the faith.

Babies eventually need cereal, then baby food, and solid food like adults.

Go deeper and get solid food. (Hebrews 5:4)

Faith it and you will see the hand of God work powerfully in your life. Focus on what God says. Don’t focus on the negative things. Your response is what’s important. Exercise faith. If you need more faith, ask God. Ask Him for whatever you need. (Matthew 7:7-12)

Remember that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. They may form, but they won’t prosper. Don’t focus on the weapons. Speak against them. The enemy is a liar. remember that. Don’t compare yourself with anyone else either. God is not partial. What He does for one, He can do for another. He deals with us differently too. He knows where we are. He knows what we can handle. If you’re a parent with more than one child, you know this to be true with your own children. We love them all, but based on who they are as an individual, we deal with them accordingly to who they are and what they need specifically. For example, I may have a child that is more responsible when given assignments, and can handle a lot at once. I know how much I can give to them. I may have another who is the opposite, so I know the load that I can give them. I deal with them accordingly but loving them both.

Comparing yourself will only have you stagnant in your walk. It may cause you to murmur and give an open door for  the enemy. Don’t go there.

Look at God. That’s it. Be Free! Faith in God frees you from the bondage of worry. Don’t be bound.

There is power in the name of Jesus. Believe it!

Jesus said at Luke 18:8, “…when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” That’s deep!

Will He? You can’t speak for me, nor I for you. We must all work out our own salvation.

I hope this encourages you.

Walk it Out

Who taught you to quit?

Man oh man, I am so inspired right now, and also so full of praise from the message that I just heard

 Hallelujah and Glory to God!

 

I was watching a live stream of TD Jake’s at Second Ebenezer church for their Pastors’ 40th anniversary.

In his closing remarks he spoke on how people with dreams settle for less and quit. ..should’ve been and could’ve been this or that. But God says because we are His, He will heal us from that! He was speaking of backsliding. Not in the sense of you used to go to church, but in a sense from quitting, giving up and stopping in our journey. Our dreams and gifts, etc can just slide right off if we are not careful.

He said it must be a disease, backsliding, because God said He will heal us from it!

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:4

Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God. Jeremiah 3:22

 

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I am thankful because my sister and I was just talking about this the other day. Listening to this brought our talk to my mind.

We talked about how talented and educated our mom was and how she didn’t do anything with it. She was a career student, in my opinion, an avid learner and a prolific writer. She knew so much and I enjoyed listening to her and asking her questions.

I hope to write like her someday. Gifted. Natural ability. I have the desire, the love and ability. My skill level isn’t on hers yet, but it will. God is not done with me. He just getting started!  My daughters write as well, and my niece. This talent exists in my family. In addition to other things.

She has so many writings and she didn’t do anything with them. She could have been published many times over with best sellers.  There was this one time she sold her poem and it was used as a country song. It was called, “Blue Moon”…So there was that; however, the deal wasn’t that great. She received a check, but she should have received more. Royalties and what not. We didn’t know. She didn’t know. But she was content with what she received.

I am not saying being content is bad. The Lord does say we should learn to be content in season and out of season. I am not speaking of that. I am speaking of letting dreams die. Letting gifts and abilities and callings die. Not going after what was put in you. Not seeing it through. Not believing in yourself. She wanted more, but didn’t know how to get it. She wanted more, but didn’t have anyone encouraging her and pushing her. We need that as well. Some will talk down on your ideas because they don’t have any. They can’t see themselves successful so they certainly can’t see you there. They don’t want  to see you there.

My mom has countless amounts of poems. Deep stuff too. She didn’t see her parents succeeding or being ambitious. Her circle wasn’t either. All of this must be factored in to the outcome.

We spoke of how our lives could have been different. From generation to generation they had not established anything to carry on to their children, (us). My mom is now deceased. I am thinking of putting her poetry out in honor of her. I did speak with her about these things before she passed. She spoke of writing a book and getting serious about all of this when she died suddenly of a heart attack June 24, 2016.

I do have a goal of doing that for her. I hope not to become complacent and let it slide off and nothing happens. Help me Lord!

I am trying to change that now for my children and future grandchildren and so on. Legacy!

Give me a strategy Lord!

I have cousins who are also working towards building legacy. We can’t teach them to quit! We can’t teach them to settle and be comfortable! We’ve watched the previous generation do just that. What have they carried on to us? What will we carry on?

What have you accomplished in your life? What has your family accomplished? Is there something to aspire too? Like is everyone a graduate of college? Everyone a Cop or Teacher? You understand what I mean? Everyone work in the ministry? Is there a family legacy? A family business? Something? or is it every man for himself? No money to leave to the next generation. No business to pass on. No education goals. This needs to change.

When you are in an environment where people are settling and not pushing to do more or have little ambition, that can affect you in a negative way. Some go against the grain and push back. Sadly, many go with it and do the same. They become what they see.

A product of their environment.

Which am I? Both I think. At different times.

I have pushed myself, and other times I have settled comfortably. Nothing much happens in the comfortable part. Same ole, same ole. I am more mindful of the company I keep.

I don’t want comfortable.

There’s no progress.

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God wants so much for us. He has plans for our lives, but that does require us doing something as well.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Stay in it! Go for it! Believe it!

Do you have a dream or vision? Go for it! Takes steps towards it and watch what God does.

I am speaking to myself too. Sometimes my dreams scare me, because I am like, “how Lord?” I know what I want, but I know that it can only be achieved with You. They are too big. There is a saying that it’s not big enough if it doesn’t scare you.

I am excited and scared LOL to be open and honest. I can’t see what’s next, but I will never get there if I don’t take steps and MOVE. I have to make a move. I have already started making moves while I am down fighting cancer because of a word the Lord spoke to me. I received it, and then I started asking “how?” LOL

What a question to ask the Creator of the Universe. I had to laugh myself.

I may not know ‘how’, but I know WHO.

That is all I need.

I just wanted to jump on and write this. Hope it encouraged you.

Have a good night.

Walk it Out

You can’t go and it’s ok

There will come a point in your life where God will call you to do something. Before He actually sends you out, He will equip you. During that time, you can’t go everywhere or be around everyone. It is sometimes a lonely place.

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This period of time is like a wilderness of a sort, or a desert. It’s you and the Lord.

I am in that period right now. The Lord spoke and gave me a word regarding watching my associations, where I go to socialize and to disconnect. He wanted me to turn the Tv and Social media off. He was training me to be in His presence. I do that more and more and it’s becoming normal. It’s not easy initially.

He has called me to pray, study and meditate more. He let me know that He has an assignment for me. This is a time of preparation. Although I am dealing with my cancer treatments, what those are doing, is making me sit still. I was never one to sit still. In fact, sitting still was very nerve wrecking to me. I had to learn to rest in God.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalms 62:1 

In resting, I am listening, waiting, trusting and obeying.

God is speaking.

I am learning to hear the Lord ever so clearly. I hear Him when I pray in my prayer language. I hear Him after I pray and sit in silence. It is not easy to sit in silence. But if you are patient, God will come. I hear Him when I am reading the Word. Learn to hear the Lord in the many ways that He speaks to us.

I have learned to quiet the background noise and tune in.

We must be patient, knowing that God is patient. He may give us a word, but that doesn’t mean that it will happen right away. It may, but many times it doesn’t. We are impatient by nature. We want what we want, when we want. Also, we get excited. We hear a word and we want to tell others what God has said and we are waiting for it to manifest. For us and the onlookers.

He wants us to wait.

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

Everything is not for everyone to know. Many times we have to sit on something and we can’t say anything. That’s another tough one. This is when we need to obey. We can delay or stop what God is doing in our lives by our disobedience. There are countless stories in the bible to attest to this.

Obey and Trusting go hand in hand. We must trust that God is who He says He is. That shows our faith. Also, with trusting Him we obey what He says, knowing that He cannot lie. Knowing that He loves us. Knowing that His ways are higher and thoughts are greater. He knows what’s best for us.

If He says, you can’t be around a certain person, or go certain places. Listen.

What may happen to make you stumble with obedience, is a fear of man may rise up. You will see what you’re made of when it’s time to take a stand for God.

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See there may be an event that you are asked to attend. In your spirit you are troubled. You know that you cannot go. But you have peers that are Christians as well, and you say to them that you can’t go. If it’s your friends you should be able to say that it isn’t well in your spirit and they understand. Yet, some may get convicted. They may say, “What’s the difference? I’m going.” They also attend church and know the Lord. Are you better somehow because you are choosing not to go? What does it say about them? See these are issues that people will place on themselves based on your decision to say, “No, I wont be involved.” They look at themselves and wonder if they are involved what are you trying to say? This is very common. This can happen in any relationships that you have. As you draw closer to God, you can’t help but change. You can’t be in His presence and remain the same.

You continue to listen, trust and obey the Lord. God deals with us individuality and we must all work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

He may have given me something that He hasn’t given you or vice versa. What you may be able to do in your conscious may bother me. If it bothers me then its a no-no for sure. (Romans 14:5)

I will no longer allow people to put their fears and misconceptions upon me. I will obey the Lord. I choose to. We all have that choice.

I have declined invitations to places of people that I love, but there are things that are starting to bother my spirit. I can’t ignore that. It is not an issue with the person, but just the situations that they may want you to come and be involved in.

Also, you don’t want to get in the lying trap. Don’t make up things to make people feel better. Just let them know, in love, that you won’t be able to attend. Many times an explanantion isn’t needed.

 You may not be able to speak spiritual if the person is carnal minded because they won’t understand. But just understand that if God has called you out and given you an assignment, you cannot go everywhere and be around everyone. You must be discerning. Don’t be haughty either! Remember to do all things in love.

It’s OK. Show love (even when it’s hard)

We have to get back to the Lord and off these man made traditions and ideologies about how we should be. There has been a lot of compromises out here for fear of man, and wanting to be inclusive. God has always set His people apart. We are to be in the world but not of the world. We are a peculiar people.

You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure. Deuteronomy 14:2

 

There is simplicity in Jesus. He wants us to love the Lord our God with all of our heart and our neighbors as ourselves. He is a Holy God and requires us to be holy.

Live the life, not just talk about it.