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Shepherd and Proud!


The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. John 10:11

Being the parent of three children has always meant I either work just to pay child care or I stay home with the kids. The expectation of women working outside of the home and caring of children has been a role I could not fulfill well. As I reflected back on my sporadic periods of employment, I realized that the maternal generations before me had the same issues. I had reason to believe I was living under a generational curse. I felt like an outcast in the shadow of working women. Recently, I realized that I have a job that will not be found on any Human Resources employment board.

Two weeks ago while in search of a word from the Lord, I stumbled into the book of Jeremiah. Chapter 17 verse 5-7 says, “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert with no hope for a future. They will love in the barren wilderness in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”

Going a little further, I examined Jeremiah’s trust in the Lord. In verse 16, Jeremiah says, “Lord I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for your people.” Although Jeremiah had been scoffed at by people, he fulfilled his shepherd duties assigned to him by God. He did not let the fact that people did not understand what he was doing deter him from his assignment.

Suddenly, I realized that the Lord had made me a shepherd. My assignment has not been to comply with the world’s expectation of working women. I have been assigned to protect, guide, and watch over the flock the Lord has given me. My flock will sometimes include other people’s children as well. My flock is also found in my devotion audience by writing a word to people to in need.

Some of the Bible’s notable shepherds including Abraham, Jacob, and David were in a class of people who were far from being highly regarded from a societal standpoint. Yet, they had favor with the Lord. The shepherds were the first to witness the miracle of baby Jesus. They were the first people to spread the word of the savior’s birth. God never left the shepherds without hope when they trusted and followed Him.

It is an honor to be a shepherd and to watch over people the way Jesus watches over us. He sacrificed his life for us. In our own way, stay-at-home moms are sacrificing their life, dreams, and sometimes even their marriage for the sake of shepherding their children and training them in the way they should go. No, it’s not a generational curse. It’s a spiritual assignment. Although we may wrestle with the worth in what we are doing, God will provide for us, our children and the people we care for. It’s alright to be a shepherd and proud!

Pray With Me

Dear Lord,

We may not understand why you have placed us in certain positions, especially the ones that seem so unfulfilling. There is a reason we have been called to sacrifice our personal dreams and lifestyles. Thank You for ensure our needs are met. Thank You that there is a purpose for the times we are in now for eventually they will yield the fruit of prosperity. Please kiss us every day and help us be content with the assignment You have given us. In Jesus name ~Amen~

 

 

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WHERE IS YOUR FAITH


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MATTHEW 6:25-33

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

More often than not, when I hear people speak or when I am reading I hear what I call, “TITLES” in my head. This morning while reading it happened again. What I read was, “Where is you faith,” but what I heard was “Where IS you Faith?” Is your faith in yourself? Is in the government, your job, your bank account, your friends, or is it in GOD?

So many times because of disappointments, distractions, and let downs we tend to lose our faith in God or we just lay it aside not really realizing that it was ever missing. When we do that we unknowingly are putting our faith in ourselves or other things and not in God. Through the distractions and disappoints that arise in our lives the enemy has lulled us in to putting our shield of faith down. God does not want us worrying about anything at all. I know that is a hard thing to comprehend sometimes especially when life is hitting you hard but its the truth. We see from the scripture God is saying, “What are you worrying for, if I can feed the birds, if I can clothe the fields with beautiful flowers, then surely I can handle what you need.” Its our job to BELIEVE that, to put our faith and trust in Him and His word.

Philippians 4:19 And My God shall Supply ALL my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.

So today, I challenge you to ask yourself, “Where IS my faith, where did I lay it down?”

CHANTEEA

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HAPPY “RE” NEW YEAR!


HAPPY "RE" NEW YEAR!.

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HAPPY “RE” NEW YEAR!


Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. Isa 43:18

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Phil 2:5

Happy “RE”New Year!! I actually started this blog on New Years Day but due to unforeseen events I could not finish it. So January 2 was my second attempt to “RE” start what I had already started, and I was well on my way, got to the end of the blog and hit the wrong button and LOST IT ALL!!! So here I sit having to “RE” do it all over again!! Isn’t that where we find ourselves at the end of every year. Having to “RE”start things we had already started in the beginning of the year?

The prefix “RE” means to do again, to start over, or to turn around. Ha! Ha! Ha! Jokes on me right! God sure does have a sense of humor. At the end of every year we sit down and “RE”view the previous year. The progress we made, the obstacles we did or didn’t overcome. The promises we made to ourselves that we kept or didn’t keep. We make New Year “RE”solutions to better ourselves in the upcoming New Year. We are going to lose that extra 50 pounds, we are going to get out of debt, finish school, etc, etc,…But aren’t those the same goals we had in previous years? I mean seriously, take a look back over your life right now and ask yourself, “Just how many of those goals have I actually accomplished?” Do you find yourself having to begin all over again on goals that you set in the beginning of last year? Why do we have to keep “RE”starting over again every year? Good question, the answer is YOU CAN NOT BEGIN A NEW YEAR WITH AND OLD MIND. If you take your old mindset into the new year the only thing that will have changed is the date on the calendar.

The Lord spoke to me and said in 2013, THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!! If you want to experience a NEW YEAR like never before then YOU have to do something about it! God had already given us everything we need to succeed in life. First of all He sent His Son Jesus to die on the Cross so that we could have eternal life. (John 3:16) With the acceptance of Christ and what He has done for us, we gain a NEW life and a clean slate. That’s called “RE”pentance. We have turned from the way we were living before we accept Christ and the sacrifice He made for us and we have a chance to start fresh. All the mistakes we made, are making, or are gonna make are forgiven.

Secondly, He has given us His word, with which we must “RE”new our minds. 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. (Rom 12:2) The word of God has the ability to give us a NEW mind. Our old ways of thinking and doing things will change once we “RE” make our mind over with what the word of God says about us. When our minds are changed our lives will change. There is Power in the Word of God, but in order to experience that power working in our lives we have to work the word. How do you do that, you ask?

Your mind and life will be “RE” made over as you read and speak the word over your circumstances. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Prov 18:21) You must search the Word of God for the scriptures that pertain to your situation and start speaking them over your life even when it looks like nothing is happening. On January 1, when I sat down to begin this blog the unforeseen circumstance wanted me to bring my old mind into the New year. The thoughts that I was having were screaming, “this year is gonna be just like last year, you are not gonna see anything different just more of the same struggle and fight, BUT, THE DEVIL IS A LIAR AND AIN’T NO TRUTH IN HIM! I know what promises God has given me concerning certain situations so when circumstances arise that scream otherwise its my job to STAND on what the Word says, even if I have to do so with tears in my eyes. You see its important that you watch your words and not speak against what God has promised. That is exactly what the enemy wanted me to do that day. He wanted me to agree with him that the only thing that had changed was the date on the calendar, he wanted me to give up on coming back and starting this blog all over again. He made sure I didn’t have the time to do it either. I may have had to wait a couple of days but you can best believe God had a plan.

IF you want to experience the newness of 2013 then you must realize that the “NEW IS UP TO YOU!” You must realize the new has to begin in your mind. Make a decision to search the word and watch your life change for the better.

Father God,

We come before You now asking You to forgive us where we have fallen short. We thank You for the gift of Your Son, as well as Your Grace and mercy. God the Your Word says that YOUR Grace is sufficient for us and YOUR strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. Help us God to accept that and press on towards the life You have predestined us to live. Empower us with Your spirit that we may do what we know to do when the enemy comes against us. Give us wisdom in all areas of our lives as we walk in the NEWNESS of this NEW year. Help us to realize that every test we have walked through in 2012 will bring forth a testimony to encourage someone else in 2013. We thank you for keeping us and all that You have done for us in the past, present and future in Jesus Name AMEN!

THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!!!
CHANTEEA

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Everything Is All Good


ItsAllGood I’m done making New Year’s resolutions. In fact, my final resolutions concerning weight loss, cutting dead-weight people out of my life, and make clearer decisions based on selfishness came about two years ago. My resolutions revealed quite a bit of worldliness that was not doing me any good or doing anything to glorify God. I realized that I lacked a lot of discipline to do much of anything on my own power. Sadly, I possessed an ungodly amount of judgmental thoughts, self-righteousness, pride, and selfishness. Needless to say, I had some more maturing to do. That was a fact that I begrudgingly, but humbly accepted.

So, I altered my attitude of the New Year and tried another approach. I decided that my new year needed to be based on my walk with God and not my personal desires. I began by letting God lead me to a scripture that summed up the lesson He wanted to instill in my life. Prior to going in to 2012, I realized that God had worked out some things on my behalf and for my good during 2011. So my theme for 2012 was based on Romans 8:28,And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”- Everything is for my good.

As I have shared in previous blogs, I did not always feel like everything was for my good in 2012. This was especially true when I was going through certain situations. That breast lump the doctor thought she found on me this past summer gave me quite a scare. Thank God it has not amounted to anything serious. Going through the motions of getting a definite answer showed me how grateful I needed to be and much more sensitive I need to be toward those going through the breast cancer battle. It was all good.

The move from Georgia to California was exciting at first, but the reality gave me more challenges to deal with than I cared to. Leaving a stable lifestyle, family, and friends behind to start over was hardly desirable. The red carpet was far from being rolled out for me particularly in the work force. I learned to have a heart for other people who relocated as we did. It is difficult to pick up, move, and get settled. I also needed to accept what God has in store for me job, no job, extra jobs or whatever. Even though it was a tough transition, it’s getting better-it was all good.

There were many things that I did not understand at the time when I was going through them. Then I realized that God has to put me through certain situations as part of His will. He positions me for what He needs to have done not what I think I should be doing. Many times, I have thought about ways I can rewrite God’s plan for my life. As much as I would love it, my plans will never succeed as long as I put “me” at the center of it all and not Him. Looking back over 2012, God has proven to me that everything: easy, difficult, undecided were all for my good.

The spiritual path we all chose will impact the decisions we make the rest of the year. Consider your walk with God and think about what He wants you to get out of the New Year. Think about the message or theme He would have for you, how it applies to your life, and how you can implement the changes He would like to see in you. God will move in a mighty way when you focus on Him and what He is trying to teach you. It is all for your own good.

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His Presence is Our Present


Jesus is Our Gift

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  1 Corinthians 13:7

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people for many reasons. Missing loved ones who have passed on or far away; financial burdens that overshadow shopping desires; and the pressure to give or please people when the heart does not want to. Overwhelming emotions and circumstances make people feel like it really isn’t Christmas.

A couple of my favorite songs at Christmas time include Whitney Houston’s One Wish, Monica’s Grown-Up Christmas List, and Oh Holy Night by anyone. These are my favorite songs because they touch my heart. The songs are about faith, hope, joy, love, and the birth of Jesus.

Our Christmas may be absent of dear family members and friends. Our pockets may be empty and gifts may be missing under our trees. Our hearts may be broken or trying to sort through emotional baggage. Yet, one element of the holiday has not and will not ever change- the presence of God.

Faith, hope, joy, and love are the very reasons that God sent Jesus into the world on that holy night. God saw a world that was hurting, lost, and in need of healing. This is the same condition that we see in the world today.

The birth of Jesus was a gift to the world to be treasured. It was always God’s desire that we would turn to Him in our times of need and hold tightly to our faith. We definitely need Him now. God’s presence is always with us. His presence is our present- it’s a gift. We have a gift that keeps on giving in the form of faith, hope, joy, and love. These are the true gifts that keep on giving. We can be empowered by sharing these gifts with each other this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

Prayer :

Heavenly Father,

We humbly thank you for sending Jesus into the world as a wonderful gift of your love for us. At times, we lose sight of this and forget what the meaning of Christmas is all about. May we be renewed with the faith, hope, joy, and love You intended for us to receive and share with other people.  Forgive us and our ways as we try to live in this world and not be of it. We pray that your presence is a truly among us this holiday season. In Jesus’ name we pray-Amen!

Rest in peace Whitney! We miss you!

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