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Stay Calm


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You have probably seen the “keep calm” pictures on Facebook, Instagram and other social media. What does it really mean? If you type the phrase into Google, you will find that the slogan goes all the way back to World War II. It was introduced as a British public safety poster to strengthen morale during wartime. However, for me, the saying has a spiritual connotation.

One of my favorite past times while reading my Bible is breaking down scriptures into simplicity to help me apply it to my life. Actually prior to doing a little background on the slogan, I searched out calmness in my Bible.

At the time of this particular Bible study, I was struggling with a personal relationship with another believer. As I grow older, it bothers me how people believe they are justified in their critical, condescending, and judgmental natures about other Christians. Let’s be real- women can be especially prideful and belittling in this manner toward other women. I am guilty of being on the receiving end of this teaching by the example set within the church!

I have now come to believe that God is not pleased with this nature. It is truly ungodly and it is confirmed in Romans 14:10-12 MSG, “So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says, “every knee will bow before me; Every tongue will tell the honest truth that I and only I am God.” So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.”

In my nature to fight for what I believe, I was tempted to continue my quest to be heard. But, God said no. As in any war, including the spiritual battle, there has to be a period of silence. He led me to one very valuable scripture in Exodus 14:14 NLT, “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

The word “calm” reminded me of the keep calm pictures online. Although entertaining, they have a point. Calm is defined as freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion. It is further defined as absence of motion or animation, to remain still or near still. Being calm is staying at peace, in a resting position, and remaining harmonious. The call of this scripture is to stay in sync with God despite the issues going on-He has got this.

The bottom line is that when people, even church folk, are putting you down, acting holier than thou, and passing judgment, stay calm. That person has to answer to God and that mentality will not get them very far. Not to mention, staying calm is a biblical command from God. It is confirmation that he will fight for you.

He promises that those who judge will be judged: Matthew 7:1-5 MSG, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

We do not have to do anything when people judge us. It is hard lesson to learn but God is a better teacher than we could ever be on this topic. Keep praying that eyes, ears, and hearts are open to seeing and repenting of this nature. Meanwhile, the Lord continues to fight for you- just stay calm.

Prayer Starter

My dearest Lord! You are so compassionate with us even when we fail You. We ask forgiveness for the stiff-neck and obstinate ways about us that are offensive to you. Forgive us for being so troubled in our character that we cause other people to stumble into unbelief. We are often unaware of our own blindness, but You see it all. You provide correction, direction, and an escape.

We pray that we will adhere to your command to stay calm in the mist of trouble that we encounter in any shape or form. We all will answer to you eventually. Let our goal be to lift each other up and encourage one another daily as your scripture further commands us to do (Hebrews 3:13). In the precious name of Jesus we pray- AMEN!

 

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The World’s Viewpoint Needs a Change


“Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them.” 1 John 4:5 NLT

 

Like many of you, my heart has been heavy for the family of Trayvon Martin. Sadly, it is much like the heaviness I felt for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary not so long ago.

I have three children. I cannot imagine how I would feel if I lost one or any of them in such a horrific manner. I believe I would be devastated and grieved beyond belief. There would be no words, no comfort, no relief, and no justifiable explanation, especially for killing a child- my child.

As a parent, I would feel guilty for not being there or somehow protecting my child. I would beat myself up over why I did not teach them enough about self-defense. The haunting question of why I couldn’t save them would compel me into madness. I would wish for more time to spend with them and hug them without letting go. I would profess my love for them every moment of the day.

I feel the fear now, as my family and I go out into the world each passing day. There is a lingering “what if” scenario that plays out in my mind. I wonder if we will make it back. I wonder if we as a family or individually will be confronted with the horror of a violent person waiting to ambush us. What would I do if I feared for my life or my family? Would I take a life to protect us?

Nonetheless, it is clear that the fear that grips my heart is compelled by the escalating ignorance of this world and its views. The world we live in has allowed its very morality to suffer because it chose to accommodate convenience.

The world used to teach and emphasize the protection of children by all means necessary. At one time, children were considered special possessions regarded as worthy inheritors of this world. At one time, adults were especially preparing a world worthy of inheriting.

Somehow, the view point of commitment to the future became an inconvenience. I further suggest that the commitment was broken right about the time when people who spoke the truth were killed for doing so. The people who tried to effect changes for the good were killed for doing so. The people who fought for the rights of other people were killed for doing so.

The world that once boldly pronounced, “We, the People,” changed its viewpoint. The longstanding viewpoint to protect and defend at all costs, progressively killed everything that was true, good, and right. Truth, goodness, and righteousness were all deemed inconvenient by the standards of this world. The world taught people how to kill the truth, goodness, and righteousness in this world.

Everything that is true, good, and right has the face of a child. Suddenly, people were free to kill, molest, corrupt, neglect, and abandon children like wild animals. Indeed, the world we live in wrote a license for open season on our children. Now, the blood of children, our children, speaks from the grave.

The world once taught that we are entitled to justice. What is the standard for justice now in this world? Could it be that justice is now based on convenience? In the lurking depths of a painful heart, would there be that indignant desire to retaliate and seek revenge. Would upstanding citizens stoop to the level of a killer believing it would free them from their pain? Would they convince themselves that killing was justified because their heart hurt so much? The laws of this world teach that vigilante killing is unacceptable and punishable. However, is this not a contradiction based on the learned judgment that people we fear should die? Should we not seek justice on our own if the entitlement is lost due to someone’s convenience.

The point is that this world has taught many erroneous viewpoints. The world cannot even comprehend its own contradictions. By substituting principle for convenience, the world now adapts to its erroneous viewpoints instead of enforcing correction.

Therefore, it is not the world or the people we must focus on. We must focus on the reflection we see in the mirror. The reflection that knows the difference between right and wrong. The reflection that understands that the world will never change unless we change ourselves first. We must focus on the motivation and the mission for the change we wish to accomplish. Our children. Save our children.

The World We Live In Needs A Change. We cannot live in fear of continuing to do what is right. We cannot resort to the world’s ways of handling situations by accommodating convenience. We must all do our part to restore truth, goodness, and righteousness that this world once stood for. Our children are depending on us.

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The Power Source


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But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his. Job 12:13 NLT

 

Recently, I went on a lengthy road trip with my family. We traveled nearly 3,000 miles on our journey by car. During one of my driving times on the interstate, I got a good view of the road and thought about my personal journey in this life. As I made this connection in my mind, God opened my heart to see something else. He allowed me to observe the power lines on the side of the road. I noticed that several of the power lines appeared to be in a cross shape. I took the picture above and immediately thought God is moving me to write a devotion about this power line observation.

As we traveled along, God guided my thoughts and I noticed that the individual poles were all connected together. Some of the poles were not in perfect alignment, but still connected. All of the connections flowed back to a main power source.

Granted, this was not a new sighting for me as I have seen power lines all throughout my life. What made this sighting different was viewing the power lines with spiritual eyes. We can see things as they are. The power to see the work of God is by using spiritual eyes. This can only be done by making a connection with God.

God wanted me to see through spiritual eyes that believers are all connected. We are connected and derive power from each other through our faith by fellowship, scriptures, and prayer. We are connected back to the main power source which is the cross. Jesus submitted to God’s will and death on the cross so that we would believe in him and have this power connection.

We are all not going to be in perfect alignment with our individual faith. However, we are connected in our belief and to God as our main power source. If we are not connected along the power lines, we cannot experience the power at all.

What are you connected to? Are you connected to a power source of faith, believers, or God? Are you completely disconnected for some reason? What is keeping your from connecting?

Regardless of what people say or do, God wants a connection with you. People’s words and actions can discourage our faith, but we do not have to stay stuck there. People do not have ruling authority of power over our connection with God. God is the main power source that we need to connect with regardless of judgments, circumstances, and emotions.

Today, do whatever it takes to connect with God. Connect by prayer to God and pray with other believers. I will start a connection by this prayer below.

 

Prayer for Connection

Heavenly Father, Lord, we need you! We need to connect with you. We need your power to sustain us in this life. So much intake of the world on a daily basis ruins us, discourages our faith, and turns our attention away from You. We wonder where You are and how we can connect with you. Allow this prayer to establish a renewed connection to You. Show your face to us as you did to Moses. Make you presence in our lives up close and personal. Remind us of your love for us today. In Jesus’ name~ Amen!

 

1 John 4:5 MSG

Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.

 

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Deja Vu


So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 1So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT

Have you ever had the feeling of doing something or being somewhere like you were encountering it for the first time? There is a fancy French word for that called “déjà vu.” Déjà vu in the literal sense means already seen. It makes people feel as if something is being seen or happening for the first time, when it really isn’t.

This happened to me recently in a spiritual sense. As you know, I had a major move in my life last year that caused me some unforeseen emotion. I was excited and adventurous at first. Then I was fearful and anxious. Later on, I became angry and resentful. In the end, I was experiencing full-blown grief.

Little by little, even though trying to walk with God and keep myself afloat spiritually, I was changing. I was sensitive to comments people made. I took things personally when people did not show appreciation for things I did or they didn’t return my call or text. I started complaining more about the little things. I was easily frustrated. I was withdrawn, not talking openly about my troubles. I wrestled internally with a lot of emotion to the point of stuffing my true feelings.

All of that little by little complaining and stuffing led to a big outburst and then a meltdown. I could no longer contain my emotion concerning one incident that recently happened. I blew up and said things in my anger. I feel guilt for blowing up and being critical. I felt pity thinking God doesn’t even love me and why should I even have a relationship with Him. I prayed over my agony of having so much emotion weighing me down and confusing me. Why was I cursed with being such an emotional creature?

Thank God, He provides answers and a way of dealing with it. After all of the emotional drama, I was led to pick up a book on my shelf by Joyce Meyer called Managing Your Emotions.

I remember when I first received that book. I saw the advertisement for it on her TV program. At that time, I was going through depression off and on and seeking healing for my soul. Since I was a stay-at-home mom with no income, I knew I could not buy that book. I remember right at that moment, I prayed that someone would give me the book as a gift. I knew I needed it.

Within a week, I received that book in my hand from someone who was a spiritual mentor in my life at the time. She knew I suffered a great deal in managing my emotions. She had also had her own battle. The book is inscribed by her and dated June 13, 2007. She included two scriptures: Psalm 20:4-5 “May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers” and Mark 11: 24 “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. The gift of this book provided me comfort, relief, and hope.

I picked that book up today and began reading it. It was like I never read this book before in my life. I got to a page where she shared that she got to a point when she didn’t understand why she was an emotional wreck. She heard God say He was going to test her emotions. My light bulb came on- I have been through this emotional storm before! I had already taken this emotional rollercoaster ride at another time in my life. It felt like the first time I was going through this, but it wasn’t. It was déjà vu.

I was never at odds with God, people, or even myself. I was at odds with the sin inside me. It is the grace of God that He makes me right with him.

Now that the revelation has been made, I feel so much peace. I read through the scriptures in Joyce’s book and I bookmarked them on my mobile Bible app. This is my armor for equipping myself against this scheme in the days to come.

I have been reminded that emotions are great when handled properly. When we live for Christ we have to make our emotions obedient to Christ and his desires not ours. I share all of this so that someone else can know that they are not in the battle alone.

Our goal is to get strong, be strong, and help someone else overcome their battle. Be encouraged today, that God loves you and gives you the grace you need to survive the storm. We have already won the battle.

Ephesians 6:12
[ A Fight to the Finish ] And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

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Folly is Fired!


The woman named Folly is brash. She is ignorant and doesn’t know it. Proverbs 9:13

Folly – that is her name. I was introduced to Folly in Proverbs Chapter 9 many years ago. Sadly, she resides in everyone, women especially. Her name alone means to be foolish. She lacks understanding and common sense. She is described as brash, meaning she is irrational, tactless, hasty, and thoughtless to say the least. Ironically, brash also means fragments of something or debris. In essence, women are truly broken.

The folly that women carry within them is a perpetual residue of the fall of man. Once Eve gave into the temptation of eating the apple, the spiritual wisdom bestowed on her was substituted with the overwhelming stench of folly. Eve’s blatant disregard of her Father’s directions was nothing short of costly. On that fateful day, spiritual wisdom was marked with a tombstone and folly came to the forefront of life.

The folly within us that is outwardly expressed causes a great deal of harm. Women cease to get along or work in harmony for the greater good because the fight for attention takes center stage. It is at that time that Folly does her best work causing confusion, creating divisions, and masterminding manipulations. Drama is her specialty. Forgiveness, patience, love are not in her vocabulary. Folly does a multitude of damage, but has no insurance to cover it. Fire folly today!

The best way to fire Folly is to give her notice and interview Wisdom on the spot. Ask Wisdom how she would handle a situation. She has the ultimate answer. Her response is found in Proverbs 9:10-12 says, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”

Wisdom has a much better resume’ and she has the benefit package of life. Call Wisdom to the forefront. Wisdom is more than qualified to handle the qualms of life. For the best results of life’s situations, employ her now. Proverbs 9:17-18 speaks truth about wisdom, “Better to hear the quiet words of a wise person than the shouts of a foolish king. Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.”

Every day is a battle to resist the temptation to act a fool or have the wisdom to respond righteously. Part of wisdom is being disciplined to make the right decision. Gaining knowledge and trusting God will reveal the true benefits that Wisdom offers. Love Wisdom and she will blossom like a beautiful flower in spring. She will make you heavenly in nature.

Pray with Me

Dear Heavenly Father!

Thank You for the forgiveness of sins. Even though I was a fool yesterday, I can choose to be wise today and every day. Please help me tap into Your wisdom and call her name to the forefront of my life. Instill in me the ability to make righteous decisions because I have a renewed fear of You. Grant me the knowledge that will glorify You and advance your Kindgom. ~In Jesus’ Name~ Amen!

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Shepherd and Proud!


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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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Rejection is a Relief


Rejection is a Relief

Most writers keep some type of journal and I am no exception. Recently, I was reading through some prayers I was mediating over a couple of years ago and one of them caught my attention. I had gone through a period of rejection with a loved one and asked the Lord, “What good is a life of rejection?”

Rejection is a refusal to grant or accept something or someone as is. It is an act of casting off or discarding. In my life, I have been rejected in many situations including relationships, friendships, employment, etc. At times I thought even God rejected me! Joseph, David, Job, Naomi, all experienced so type of rejection in their situations. Rejection can leave people feeling hopeless and asking what’s wrong with me.

In my notes, it appeared I had an immediate revelation from Psalm 118:21-22. It says, I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory! The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.”

Even though the scripture reference is made about Jesus, at the time when I was reading it, God revealed that He chose me as an essential, indispensable representative of His kingdom. I have been constructed to carry the word and be a light. Just as the world rejected Jesus as His son and savior, of course people would reject me. The lesson is that Jesus was given the highest honor because of his rejection. Although I am not given an honor as such, I have seen the very people who rejected me get completely embarrassed and have to end up asking me for help or advice. The sad thing is that the person does even recall rejecting me to begin with.

I could choose to walk around feeling sorry for myself because I do not fit in or I’m not somebody’s first choice. I could walk around angry, have an attitude, and hate people. The truth is that I am not meant to fit in. I’m not meant to be accepted by this world. The world wants a new thing, the latest thing, the better thing, but without doing the right thing. I am uniquely designed to stand out. Nine times out of ten when people reject me, I am better off!

Praise the Lord that rejection is a relief. It is an honor to be rejected by people. Psalm 118:5-7 confirms that God has my back, “In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

God is doing a wonderful work in me. In hindsight, we will soon realize that rejection is a wonderful blessing in disguise. It is a relief to be rejected. The burden is off of me and it comes full circle. The people who rejected us will soon find themselves in predicaments wishing they had accepted us. Embrace it and keep moving forward.

Pray With Me

Dear Lord,

Rejection is not an easy pill to swallow. It hurts deeply and causes anger. It is embarrassing. You know exactly how to turn rejection into a blessing. Help me trust you to know that you will make that rejection a blessing. You will cause the rejecting person to need me. You are doing wonderful things in my life. I trust You!

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Worthy of Imitation


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My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. Psalm 71:7-8

Why do women feel the need to out-shine, copy, or compete with other women? Why do women feel the need to put other women down? Why do women feel the need to brag and boast about themselves? Women, naturally have a spirit of competition and a need to rise to the occasion, especially when they feel threatened. All throughout the Bible we can find examples of women against women for the sake of competing for whatever cause. There is always some kind of fight, war of words, or power play to trump another woman or her actions. Consider Sarah and Hagar (Genesis 16), Rachael and Leah (Genesis 30), Hannah and Peninnah (1 Samuel 1).

The truth of the matter is that women do not ask or trust God to give them what they want. They just go straight into a battle making their own way. James 4:1-3 sums it up, “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” Women start mini wars with each other to get what they want. These mini wars turn into battles and broken relationships. Good, close friendships and family bonds among women get broken over the need for power, attention, popularity, and satisfaction. The list of sin this entangles goes on.

One time I wrote a poem and read it to someone who I had known for many, many years. I felt safe reading it to this person. I was very self-conscious about my writing for a long time. In fact, I do not even think I let anyone else read this particular poem. The feedback that I received from the person was wonderful and I was told that I did a get a great job. The following week the same person called me to say they had written a poem and asked if I would like to read it. I read the poem by email and after I did, the person went on to say how they got inspired to write the poem (that had nothing to do with me sharing one the week before), how she took it to her job and read it to other people and how the staff director was going to frame it and hang it on the wall for everyone to admire. She continued to brag about the success of her poem and how great she thought she was because of it.

Suddenly, I realized that this was the person I read my poem too. The spirit of competition had reared its ugly head. This person probably was not even thinking about writing a poem until I shared mine. Of course, she had to make it seem as though she conquered my poem because people took notice of her work. Since this was not my first competing encounter with this woman, I asked God why does this particular person always feel the need to compete with me? I asked why does this person always have to try and out-shine me? What is with the bragging? Although frustrated with the incident I continued about my daily chores. It was petty right? Yes, but it was still annoyingly petty.

Believe it or not, God gave me the answer. He said you should be happy that the person is copying you and trying to out-shine you because that person is imitating you – you are worthy of imitation! I stopped what I was doing had the biggest laugh ever and a praise party to follow. I went to my Bible and studied it out. People are always seeking out examples to follow. God told me that I am a worthy example to be followed. I never thought of it like that. God showed me the difference in seeing the situation negatively as opposed to positively. That little part about the bragging is addressed in Proverbs 27:2 “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips.”

Now when I see this woman or anybody copying me or trying to compete with me I just laugh and smile. I can’t let people imitating me, intimidate me! I do the same thing with my kids. They are all girls and when they come to me and say one of them is copying the other, I just smile and say you are worthy of imitation. God has empowered me with the wisdom to recognize such battles of women against women. Eventually these women cannot own up to the imitation process. They end up making a fool of themselves. Such was the case for the Peninnah, Hagar, and Leah whose names were but a mist. They left a mark in the world of women scorned not adorned.

There are women worthy of imitation and things they do that we should incorporate in our lives for good. The things worthy of imitation should not be used for evil and certainly not for competing against one another. When you find a woman copying you or trying to put you in your place or putting you down just remember it does not have anything to do with you. It has to do with the war that is waging within them. Praise God, pray for the person, and remember – You are worthy of imitation!

Pray With Me

Dear Lord,

Thank you for making us beautiful women. We pray we can be just as beautiful on the inside as the outside. We pray that we would consider how we treat one another. May it be with kindness and words that help build each other up. We can naturally tear each other down out of fear, but those reactions are not of You. Calm the war that is waging within us. Please forgive and our hearts for the fear we experience when women seem to overpower us. Help us not retaliate. May we seek You, find you and be imitators of You so that we can inspire each other not intimidate each other. May we find peace in knowing you find us worthy to be imitated.

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Trusting Circumstances


Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

YouVersion is a very good spiritual tool to utilize for bible study. It has a website and a mobile app version. I love it because I can access it wherever I go. I can also join reading plans, bookmark my favorite verses, and share them with my friends through social media.

Today, YouVersion’s verse of the day was from 1Thessalonians 5. I kept reading the verse over and over again thinking I know this verse. It didn’t sink in until I actually inquired of the Lord what he wanted me to get out of it.

Since I moved, it was my expectation to be employed right away. I have applied for job after job to no avail so far. That is when the word circumstances jumped out at me. Circumstances are the existing conditions or state of affairs that affect us and our actions. They can affect us mentally, physically, financially, and spiritually. Circumstances can limit us or empower us depending on our attitude.

God challenged me on the point of being thankful in all circumstances because this is His will for me. I realized I was complaining quite a bit about my non-employment circumstances. (Yikes! Sorry God). Although, I cannot see the entire picture of what His will entails, He expects me to trust Him and be thankful for my circumstances.

Honestly, even though I have not been employed for the last seven months, my family and I have been well provided for. For that, I can certainly be thankful. God had me share this today because there are people affected by circumstances that are doing just what I did-complaining, questioning faith, and envying other people.

Dwelling on the negativity of our circumstances does not help us overcome them. It just leads us to see more negativity. Circumstances can be a kill-joy and sadly that is just how the devil wants us to feel about them. We have to counter the negatives with the positive by being thankful and trusting God.

Eventually, these circumstances will be a testimony of our faith. In hindsight, we will be able to understand why God has us in our individual circumstances. Trust Him and thank Him. Be grateful for where you are now. Likely, we are all better off than what we were. Hallelujah!

Pray With Me

Lord, please forgive me. Thank you for my circumstances. Thank you that I am not where I was. Thank you for where I am going. Thank you for keeping me in your will. I pray to put my trust in You and your plan. I pray for the faith to know that you will take care of all things. I am already provided for; I am already healed; I am already saved! ~In Jesus’ name~ AMEN!

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Get Ready for Your “Wow” Moment


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But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

Jeremiah 17:7

How is your trust in God going? For me, it is already the challenge I knew it would be. Have you ever felt like God has let you down? Recently, I was waiting in expectation for something that did not work out the way I had hoped. Actually, it happened on more than one occasion.

I had to fight the clawing sensation within me not to take control by getting what I did not get in my own way. It is hard to have trust when confidence and hope are broken. There are times when our human confidence is misplaced and we set ourselves up for dashed hopes. We have to be mindful of putting our hope in God and not money, things, or people.

Dashed hopes used to get me down and keep me down. I used to dwell on the “why” of that moment over and over again. For a long time I failed to realize that I should have been preparing myself for the “wow” moment that God has planned for me. I began to notice that every time I had a disappointing episode that God began to deliver something even better later on. “Wow,” meaning waiting on wonders, is an awesome surprise from God. It is the blessing that God bestows on those who trust Him. When we wait on God to do things on our behalf we can experience those “wow” moments.

Learning how to trust God is part of the daily battle. There are so many instances that attempt to steal our focus from that trust. God has “wow” moments planned for us. They are the moments when all else has failed and suddenly a silver lining appears that is meant just for us. We will not too many of those moments unless we trust God. Psalms 119:65 remind us of the good things he has for us, “You have done many good things for me, Lord, just as you promised.”

Keep up the good fight of trusting God. He has your back like a good parent should. He knows what is best for you. His timing is always perfect. Get ready for your wow moment.

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Pray with Me

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please forgive me for desiring to do things on my own power. I know You are in control. I panic when things do not go my way. I get so emotional. I have so much history of being let down that it is so hard for me to trust You or anyone. Please show me the wow moments that you have for me. I want to experience the divine power of Your promises to me. Then people will know You and seek after You because of what you have done in my life. My story will glorify you. ~In Jesus’ name~ AMEN!

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