When Anxiety Attacks

Blog fam! I pray all has been well since my last post. I do want to take this time to talk about anxiety. From March of last year until now life has thrown some unexpected things my way. I’m really a take life as it comes type of person but I must admit with life happening, it threw me a little off balance. This allowed anxiety to slowly creep in. When I was in certain situations I could literally feel my heart racing and it took everything for me not to have to breathe into a paper bag lol. At that point I had enough! I was in desperate need of answers so I began to seek the Lord about it. In my search, I was led to Philippians 4:6,

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”.

After reading it, I knew the Lord wanted me to go deeper. For those of you who know me personally, you know I love research. I investigated what anxiety meant for people during the time this scripture was written and the definition literally answered and gave me the answer I’d been searching for. Anxiety is putting God-like expectations on ourselves! We face situations and look within ourselves for the solutions instead of turning it our to God who knows all. We become so wrapped up in that moment of stress that we forget Philippians 4:6 gives us the blueprint to handle it. In every situation we are to pray, ask and be thankful and God will hear our request. After we have done this, we have the promise of Philippians 4:7,

“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We have peace in knowing we have given everything to a God who’s big enough to handle it. In this peace, God will keep you covered. There will no longer be room for anxiety because God has given you peace. Hold on to His promises and know that you serve a God who is working on your behalf.

God, we thank you for the day that you have made. We come against anything that would cause us to lose focus. When we face stressful situations, help us to remember that there is strength and peace in you. In Jesus’ name; amen! Be blessed peeps!

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Weak Devotion

Blog fam! I pray all is well with you since my last post. A couple of days ago I woke up and went about my daily routine: I picked up my phone, unlocked it and checked all of my social media apps. Then I decided to research a particular scripture that I’d been stuck on for weeks. Even though the revelation I got from the scripture was great, what I heard next floored me. I heard the Lord say, “weak devotion”.

Weak is defined as inadequate, poor, feeble or defective. While devotion is defined as love, loyalty or enthusiasm. I was shocked that two words on opposite ends of the spectrum were put together to describe my life as a Christian. I’m a worker in my local church and do my absolute best to live a life pleasing in the sight of God but my devotion has been inadequate.

As believers, we often take God’s goodness for granted. We take God for granted by settling for our Sunday worship experience and failing to keep him first throughout our busy work week. We’ve become accustomed to his grace and mercy because he chooses to be good to us. While we may be workers in ministry, we cannot miss our personal time with God. My morning wasn’t necessarily perfect, but it flowed so much better because I spent time with the Lord. I believe God wants to reveal the mysteries of his word to us but we have to be willing to slow down and seek him. The Bible says in ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

We will know and do better by spending that one on one time with God. There are thousands of things going on around us to take our attention. Make the choice to put those things off and spend a few extra minutes in God’s word and in prayer. You can only get out what you put in.

God, we thank you for being mindful of us even when we take it for granted. As we spend more and more time with you reveal yourself to us in new ways. Show us the mysteries of your word and teach us to live a life that’s truly pleasing in your sight. Help us to be patient and discern your voice and cancel out the noise. All these things we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Be blessed blog fam!
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It’s Time to Rest

Blog fam! I pray all is well with each of you! This has been an interesting season of my life. Today, I began to allow my mind to wonder back. While doing this, I realized I have had to trust God with everything. Trust is defined as the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. We often treat God like we treat our friends. We trust them with certain information but still leave some things covered. While this may be wise with some people, our relationship with God should not be that way. We find ourselves thriving in some areas while holding on for dear life in others because we have failed to simply trust God with everything. For me it has been easy to trust God with my finances because I know him to be a provider. On the other hand, when it came to everyday interactions I was rigid because I thought I knew best. It was at that moment when God let me know that if he could provide financially he could provide in every other area if I would simply trust him. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says to us,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

All of the issues you’ve been carrying, the nights of tossing and turning and the heaviness that has burdened you down can all be taken away if you choose to give it to Jesus. There’s rest that no sleeping pill can give. There’s comfort that friendly advice can’t give you. Jesus is offering the ultimate exchange; take off what’s weighed you down and put him on. Learn and walk in His ways and you will get the rest you’ve desperately longed for.

God, we thank you for sending your son Jesus. We ask that you’d come in and tear down the walls we’ve built. Help us to understand that we can trust you with everything we go through. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Us vs Them

Blog fam! I pray the first part of 2018 has been everything you have prayed for. When we were kids the most anticipated day before school ended for the summer was field day. There were nonstop games from the time you got to school until it was over. There were individual games as well as team games. The class tug of war was the best game in my opinion. You were teamed up by class and did your absolute best to pull the other team over the line. The line up for the game was fairly simple. You placed the smaller people in the front and the bigger people in the back and pulled until one side lost their footing or gave up. I’m finding that adult life is the ultimate game of tug of war. We often find ourselves tugging with addictions, people, work and things we can’t articulate into works. When we think about the line up for this war it seems as if the enemy has called for all of his imps. Not only has he called for them, but he has also joined the tug. If we are not careful, we will be fooled into thinking that we are in this tug of war all alone. I heard Pastor Jerome Gay say, “When you have Jesus, you are the majority.” It doesn’t matter how many issues you face because you have Jesus! The more the enemy tugs, the stronger Jesus’ grip gets. Psalms 121:3 says,

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

It may seem like life is hitting you with blow after blow but you have to remind yourself that God will not allow your foot to be moved! He has planted you and will sustain you not matter what comes or goes. Jesus stays on his post and is never caught off guard. I encourage you to remember that as long as you have the Lord on your side; the tug of war is fixed in your favor.

God we thank you for the reminder that as long as we have you we are the majority. You are more than the world against us. Help us to remember that you will not allow our foot to slip and that you are constantly fighting on our behalf. In Jesus’ name, amen! Be blessed peeps!

Tangled

Blog fam! As always, I pray you all have been blessed since my last post. I was listening to a podcast at work and heard an interesting story. This church used to have what they called open prayer requests. Anyone could stand up and ask the church to pray for them or their families. One guy gets up several weeks in a row and asks the congregation to pray that God would clear his mind of the cobwebs of sin. After a few weeks of hearing the same request, a member stood up and suggested that he ask God to kill the spider! I immediately heard the Lord say that we often want to kill the effects of sin but not the source. Like the man in the story, we like temporary fixes. We sweep away the outward manifestations of the sin and appear well groomed and put together while the cause of the sin is slowing spinning another web to entangle us again. It may be hard and down right painful to get to the source of the sin but it is necessary. God can’t heal what we hide and make excuses for. Galatians 5:1 tells us to,

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Jesus has already fought the battle for us! We have to make the decision to stand in the liberty that he attained for us. Once we realize that we are fighting from victory it makes the press that much easier. Jesus did not die and rise for us to battle the same issues over and over. Once we have obtained our freedom, it’s up to us to walk in it! We cannot and should not want to go back to the things that had us bound.

Father, we just want to take time to thank you for the liberty we have in Jesus! We will no longer seek relief from the effects of sin. Instead, we are asking you to kill the source of it. No more temporary fixes. We want to be able to wholly serve you with no limits. Thank you for the revelation received today. Help us to apply the knowledge and seek you for more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Be blessed peeps!

Speak Up

Blog fam! I pray all is well. Being an adult is interesting at times. Yes, it’s fun and full of experiences but there are times when challenges arise. We all have different ways of handling challenges when they come. Some of us like to tackle the issue head on and handle it before it gets out of hand. While others play it by ear and react as things happen. Lastly, some of us pretend that nothing is happening. Each type of person and the tactic they use to deal with there issues has its benefit. My question is what happens when you’ve done everything imaginable but the issue is still there?

It started as a minor bump in the road, now it’s a hill and it’s on it’s way to becoming a mountain of an issue. Being the educated adults we are, we begin to strategize. We look at the issue(s) from different angles. We seek the advice of friends and family yet the issue(s) still lingers. Now we stand before this colossal mountain wondering if we will ever get around it. It seems like the more you try to climb it, the higher it gets. The more you try to walk around it, the wider it gets. At this point frustration is beginning to sink in and you just want to stop! So, the lingering question is what do I do when nothing seems to work?

Mark 11:22-24 says, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

The first step is having faith in God! Your faith is the key to your deliverance. The next thing you have to do is open your mouth and speak to the mountain. We’ve spoke about the mountain to our family, friends and social media followers but now it’s time to talk directly to the mountain. Mostly importantly, do not doubt what you’re declaring. The mountain may seem tall and wide but your faith will cause it to be cast into the sea! The power is in your mouth! The Bible says you shall have whatever you say. It’s up to us to pray, speak and most importantly believe that the mountain will be cast into the sea. I really want to hammer the point in that the height and width of the mountain does not matter when you believe.

God, we come before you with thanksgiving in our hearts. We thank you for the revelation your word brings us! No longer will we attempt to climb or walk around the obstacles that are placed before us. We will speak to those situations and believe your word. We can do this knowing we shall have what we say! Help us to continue to grow in faith. In Jesus’ name; amen! Be blessed peeps!

I Have the Keys!

Blog fam! I pray all is well with all of you. I was watching Marriage Bootcamp celebrity edition the other day and the counselors were helping the individuals deal with deep rooted issues from their pasts. The interesting part about this was that each person was wrapped in chains.

The chains represented the deep seeded resentments, hurts and failures that each person has encountered over their life. They walked around all day under the weight of these chains. Their pinned up emotions now had a physical representation. The chains made the simplest tasks a little more difficult to complete. Some of the individuals just sat to ease the burden. Our issues are like these chains. They impede the simplest of tasks. They literally weigh us down. At the end of the night, they gather to confront their issues.

The counselors begin to talk to them and low key minister to the dark places in their lives. At the beginning, they were given a locket with a picture of themselves as a child in it. After they confronted and overcame the issue, they were told to look behind the picture. They had been walking around all day with the key to their freedom! After that, they unlocked the chains and were free. We have the keys to our freedom! The problem we face is the fear of using the keys. Having those difficult conversations can be uncomfortable but it’s necessary for the freedom we so desperately need. My fiancé, Katrena (this is a shout out lol) often says while ministering that we can really be naked and unashamed before God. We can tell him all of our issues and not worry about him telling anyone else. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1,

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

We have seen so many people before us overcome various issues so now it It up to us to let go of the things that are weighting us down. There is so much more ahead of us in this life. Today, I ask you to take some time and reflect. Uncover your issues and take them to the problem solver. God I thank you for the revelation I received. I ask that you come in and reveal to us the areas we need to work on and the things we need to let go of. We realize that you cannot heal what we hide so today we give it all to you. In Jesus’ name, amen! Be blessed peeps!