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.
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!
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!
Blog fam! I pray all is well with each of you! Most of us have at least one friend we can be totally transparent with. They know some of our deepest and darkest secrets. Some of the time it’s because they were along for the ride. What would happen if that friend whom you trust betrayed it? You wake up to 50 text messages and 230 Facebook notifications all letting you know that the cat is out of the bag. Those secret moments are now out for the world to see. We would then consider that friend to be a Judas. Matthew 26:14-16 says,
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
Judas was there throughout the ministry of Jesus. He had a front row seat when Jesus blessed the two fish and five loaves of bread that fed 5,000 men; yet he still betrayed his friend Jesus. Why? His greed took over. Aren’t we like Judas at times?! Our greed or lust overtakes us. We kiss Jesus with our words of adoration Sunday after Sunday only to sell him out when lust creeps on the scene. One of my friends said something that I’m going to use and tweak. Once we really fall in love with Jesus, we won’t have to worry about giving in to sin. We will keep His commandments because we understand the price that he paid for us. My challenge to you as well as myself is to be the friend to Jesus that he is to us.
Conflicts are bound to happen. The problem many of us face is not knowing when to stand down or when to stand up. When police are investigating a violent crime or in the midst of a stand off, they follow strict commands. They either engage or stand down. They have eyes viewing the situation from different angles to help make that decision. The people watching from above know this decision directly impacts the safety of the people on the ground. The officers on the ground may think that the situation is clear but the eyes above see the entire picture. God is our eyes above! We only see the problem from one maybe two angles but God sees it from every side. He sees the enemy hiding just to the left in that blind spot. We have to be sensitive to the voice of God and know when to engage and when to stand down. We have to do like Proverbs 3:5-6 says,
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Once we have put all of our trust in the Lord and stopped trying to figure it out, He will direct us. God will say stand down or engage. Be blessed!
I’ve been doing the planned reading on the Bible app. One topic I chose was Decisions. Today was quite interesting to say the least and I realized I had not done the reading. When I opened the app I realized I had skipped over day four.
This is what I read: Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. (Psalms 143:7-8)
In this Psalm, David is asking God to come to his rescue. David like us (me) is feeling down in his spirit. When David speaks of the pit, he is referring to Sheol. This is literally a hole; once you fell in this hole, you could not get out. Isn’t it funny how we feel like we are in situations that we cannot see our way out of? He’s at a point of desperation and realizes that God is the only one who can get him out of this. Lovingkindness means tenderness or consideration toward a person. Our big God considers me even when I’ve just about tapped out! Even though I feel like tapping out, my trust in God is reaffirmed because I know He considers me. I love the end of the verse. God, I give you permission to guide my footsteps. I surrender my will to yours. Fellow bloggers and readers, I want you all to know that in the bleakest hour, minute or second of your life, God is still in control! We (I) have to allow God to be Lord over our lives and stop freaking out when things start to crumble. In the end, we are promised victory. #BeEncouraged!
A process is defined as a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. The thing that sticks out to me about this definition is the word action. Many people say they are going through a process but aren’t really taking any action to achieve their goal. Something happened today and all I could say was wow really?! My natural side had an immediate response of displeasure. I began to talk at God, not to but at. I told God that I’m living the best I know how and nothing seems to be working out for me. Lord what am I doing wrong?! Then it came to me; I may not be doing anything wrong, but it’s all apart of the process. I opened my Bible app to read a scripture that spoke to me earlier. What I got instead was the verse of the day:
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8
One definition of taste is a brief experience of something, conveying it’s basic character. This tells me that I need to go back to my first experience with God and see the goodness. Reflect on the things that he has already done for me. God shows us his character in our past experiences with him. By looking back on everything that God has done for us, naturally we should trust him. In trusting God, we really are blessed. I commission you; when things get rough or seem bleak, take a trip down memory lane. Think about the many times that God has brought you over and simply trust the process. God is using this to shape you into man/woman he would have you to be. When you’ve run out of words, just use the hashtag #ITrustYou!