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

 

glory to god

 

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.

Discipline when Motivation is lacking 

We are all guilty at one point or another of lacking motivation to complete a task, or even to start it.

But to succeed spiritually, secularly and personally, we must be disciplined. We must do that in which we don’t ‘feel’ like doing. Feelings have nothing to do with it. If you want something to happen, discipline is what you need.

Commitment is what will bring it home!

An example of spiritual discipline is setting a time daily to read a devotional and scriptures. It’s setting a time to pray daily and keeping that appointment with the Lord no matter where you are. Sometimes, it has to be inside and silent depending on where you are, but if you practice this daily, it becomes habitual. It builds your prayer life, which builds your connection with the Lord. It helps you to put God first. You need to have discipline to keep your appointments with the Lord. Start with one time and work your way up to 3. Try it.

I started a few weeks ago and it has been amazing.

A way to discipline yourself in your secular life, is to set daily goals and complete one daily. Or set weekly goals. The idea is to be working towards something. Many times if we go by our feelings, we won’t do much.

And if you skip a day, get right on it the next day.

Just don’t stop.

I’m writing a book and I’ve found myself writing for 5-6 hours one day and maybe just one hour another. My goal is to write for at least 3 hours daily.  I write when I’m motivated but that doesn’t work, because I’m not always motivated. I have to be disciplined! That’s the key!

That is the key to finishing a goal: discipline. Setting a time aside to complete your task and sticking to it.

Do something everyday to work towards your goal.

In your personal life discipline is also important. I started off making smoothies everyday feeling good and motivated. There’s that word again: feeling.  I felt motivated and I wasn’t disciplined. My motivation changed depending on how I felt.

I’m still working on discipline in the area of healthy eating regularly. I can do it, but I don’t do it daily.

Exercise requires discipline; however to start, it requires motivation. To continue requires discipline.

I hope I have helped you out today with committing yourself and being disciplined in an area in your life where you may need it.

I’m working on it, in all the areas I mentioned above and wanted to write a blog post because maybe you guys are struggling with it as well.

Enjoy your day.

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Be blessed

 

Welcoming the new season in my life

 

 

I’m a writer!!

IMG_1024I’ve always enjoyed writing; however, I never thought much of the many journals I’ve written since a child. 

In high school, I received a scholarship towards my college tuition for winning a writing competition.

As a youth, I wrote an article for the Detroit News when I was in middle school, and it was published. The article was about the homeless and how people overlooked them. Another article was about me having a big broom that would sweep up crime and it was published in a poetry book.

As a matter of fact, My mom was a writer and my daughters are writers. I say all of this to say, that writing is just something I enjoy to do. I express myself best this way. 

I have not been formally trained as a writer, if that’s a thing. I’m sure it is though. You can certainly count my high school amazing English teacher, Mr. Lunsford who was my biggest supporter.

Furthermore, I have been commissioned by the Lord to write. He has repeatedly said for me to write. He assured me that He qualifies me. 

I would love to get more training to ‘formally’ be a writer if that is what’s needed. But if you want me to be honest. Like really honest. I don’t think it’s necessary. I’m already a writer. I am an author. Of course, I can use bigger words and what not and perhaps I will. What is most important is being myself. It’s important to show my voice, no one else’s. 

You can see me through my expressions…

I am currently working on my memoir and the process is really interesting, quite emotional at times. 

There is freedom in truth.

When writing is just naturally in you.

 

 

I’m a writer!!

IMG_1024I’ve always enjoyed writing. I never thought much of the many journals I’ve written since a child. I had a belief that mostly everyone journaled. 

I received a scholarship towards my college tuition for winning a writing competition.

I wrote an article for the Detroit New when I was in middle school. It was published. I wrote it about the homeless and how people overlooked them.

I wrote another article about having a big broom that would sweep up crime that was published in a poetry book.

My mom was a writer. My daughters are writers. I say all of this to say, that writing is just something I enjoy to do. I express myself best this way. 

I have not been formally trained as a writer, if that’s a thing. I’m sure it is though. You can certainly count my high school amazing English teacher, Mr. Lunsford who was my biggest supporter. I have been commissioned by the Lord to write. He has repeatedly said for me to write. He assured me that He qualifies me. 

I would love to get more training to ‘formally’ be a writer if that is what’s needed. But if you want me to be honest. Like really honest. I don’t think it’s necessary. I’m already a writer. I am an author. Of course, I can use bigger words and what not and perhaps I will. What is most important is being myself. It’s important to show my voice, no one else’s. 

You can see me through my expressions…

I am currently working on my memoir and the process is really interesting, quite emotional at times. 

There is freedom in truth.

Visionary, Writer, Prophetic Teacher and Coach