Neva 4Get!

For starters, I still can’t believe God called you home on 4/17/22 and not to mention today makes 7 months since your spiritual departure.

That being said my beloved embryo Twin, I fanatically miss you like crazy. Not a day has passed by that I haven’t spoken to you in my prayers! Not a day has passed by where a tear drop didn’t fall! Not a day has passed by where I haven’t called out to God for healing, comfort, peace, and strength for ALL of your family and friends temporarily left behind!

I am not going to lie, it still hurts like hell, but one thing that brings me peace is knowing that you are with our Triune God and that Jesus is coming back sooner than we expect. I also find comfort in 2 Peter 3:8 because Peter tells us that, “a day is like thousand years and thousands years is like one day.” Which simply means that 7 months for us is still one day for you my baby!

NoNo, death may have taken your body, but our Abba Father reclaimed your soul. My mind holds every memory, my heart preserves our perennial love, and my preserving/enduring faith reminds daily that we will meet again (2 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

PS. I still have to tell my self that you are out town going about God’s business!! I love you baby!

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#7Months

#Neva4Get

Advertisement
Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

I Need Him Everyday!

We live in a world that is full speed ahead all the time. It is so easy to get caught up in our daily lives doing what we do: going to work, shuttling kids, running errands, and all the other responsibilities that we have. We live in a society that promotes self-reliance and the idea that we should be “Wonder Woman” or “Superman” and not need anyone. On a side bar, if I was to be a “superhero”, I’d prefer to be Hancock…just sayin!

That being said, the constant pressures of life and society make it so easy to forget that we NEED GOD EVERY MINUTE of our lives. We get so caught up trying to juggle everything ourselves and unfortunately, we forget to rely on Him. It’s no wonder we often feel exhausted and at our wits’ end when life keeps piling it on. We need God and inarguably everyone of us needs Jesus every day.

So, if you have been carrying life’s burdens on your own and haven’t been mindful of how much you need God lately, don’t despair. It happens sometimes, and thankfully we serve an awesome, loving God who gives us a fresh slate every day. Lamentations 3:22-23 confirms, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness”.

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#INeedJesusEveryday

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

In This Season!

Leaning on God is simply put, the act of relying on God. It’s not running ahead without seeking His wisdom, guidance, favor, grace, strength, comfort, and peace. It’s bringing every need, every joy, every pain, every little thing, and laying them at His feet and the foot of the cross. It’s inviting Him into every single aspect of our lives. To lean on God requires us to trust God and let Him redeem our past, present, and future.

So how do you lean and cleave to God? That’s a great question and I am glad you asked.

Here are a few tools to keep in your spiritual toolbox:

  1. Pray big, bold, specific, strategic prayers (James 5:16).
  2. Remind yourself of God’s promises and remind God of His promises (Hebrews 13:5-6 and Isaiah 43:26)
  3. Take control of your thoughts. Your mind is where some of the biggest battles you’ll ever fight are waged (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Another bit of good news to lean and cleave to is found in Deuteronomy 31:8 and the scripture declares, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed”

Leaning on God is something that we as Christians must practice every day, but especially when life is overwhelming. We need Him to be our strength, to go before us, and yes to carry us when life is just too hard and we want to tap out. We can’t make it on our own! Why would anyone desire to walk this journey alone when we can have the One who spoke everything into existence by our side ready and willing to provide for every need known and unknown!

Beloved, if this message speaks to the core of your spirit and you’re on the verge of tapping out, I want to encourage you to lean and cleave to Almighty God!

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#InThisSeason

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

The Lord’s Prayer!

Pray with me!

#BeStrong
#TGBTG
#NAP
#TheLordsPrayer
Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

Faithful Over A a few Things!

Do you remember the parable of the talents written in Matthew 25:14-30?

Jesus tells the story of a rich master who has three servants. He gives three of servants a specific amount of money referred to as talents and possibly talents of gold, based upon that man’s ability to steward and care for the money. The first servant is given five talents, the second is given two talents and the third is given one. The master told them to care for his money while he journeyed abroad and the first two servants used the talents to trade and gain profit. They returned to their master with double the talents! The third servant was fearful (faithless) and hid the one talent he was entrusted with, returning just one talent to his master. The master scolded him saying that he should have invested the money and received interest in lieu of doing nothing!

Whether you read Matthew’s account or Luke’s version, each servant is giving a substantial chunk of cash ( approx 3 month’s wages) to invest as they will. This would be similar to one of those reality TV shows where people compete for money to invest in a project, only with a different agenda. In this show, one boss brings several employees into a room, gives them each cash, and tells them to invest to grow his corporation. The one who gets the biggest return on investment gets the big promotion.

Essentially, this is what happened in Matthew 25:28. Jesus said the master took the one talent the servant buried and he gave it to the servant that who had the ten talents…the big promotion!!

Beloved, when we are faithful in the little things we become strong in spite of fear, adversity, turmoil, ambiguity, pain, disease, and/or any unpleasant circumstances. As it stands, we all want to here these words written in Matthew 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!”

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#FaithOverAFewThings

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

Jehovah Jireh

When everyone turns their back on you, God is there. When you are down to your last 2 dollars, God is there. When you feel like I do broken because of the absence of a loved one, God is there. When you feel like you’re losing your mind, God is there.

If you can relate, I got good news for you. Philippians 4:19 promises us that, “God [our provider] will supply all of our needs according to the glorious riches in Christ Jesus!”

What a wonderful reminder to have when our lives are unstable and literally turned upside down.

God is known as Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who provides. And one of the earliest stories of God’s limitless provisions unfolds when God asks Abraham to offer his promised son Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-19). Abraham’s willingness to do as God asked not only deepened his trust in God, but it also furthered his character development.

As they made the ascent, Issac asked his daddy a question after the wood for the burnt offering was placed on his shoulders while Abraham carried the fire and the knife. Issac turned to his daddy and asked him where is the sheep? To which, Abraham replied God will provide the sheep (Genesis 22:6-8).

How did he know that??? God must have sent him a private DM or something…

However, once they made it to the location, Abraham placed Isaac on the altar, and as he drew the knife back to slay him, God called out and told him not to harm his son but instead to offer a ram (sheep) caught in a brush pile as the sacrifice (Genesis 22:9). Two went up and two came back down!

You see, Abraham’s story began when God called him out of his country, away from his family, to settle in a land he didn’t know (Genesis 12). He literally took a step forward on a journey not knowing where he was going. He simply went in the direction God told him. Over his life, Abraham learned many hard lessons about obeying God. This instance was one of the greatest acts of obedience in which he responded promptly and followed through completely. He learned to trust that God always provides.

Philippians 4:19, our verse today, serves as a personal promise we can hold onto when life’s journey brings painful challenges, heart breaking struggles, and unwanted disappointments.

When we find ourselves in a place we don’t understand, without provision, Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord, our provider, will give us what we need. It may not arrive when we think we need it, but whatever we have need of, God always gives in His perfect time.

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#JehovahJireh

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

Jesus Gave Up His Life To Us!

To be completely honest with you, I didn’t fully realize the beautiful connection shared between John 3:16 and I John 3:16.

The all favorite John 3:16 and perhaps most memorized scripture says, ”For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Now take a look at 1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Do you see the beautiful connection between the two verses?!

Here’s a grease perspective to embrace; salvation is not us giving up our life to Jesus; it’s Jesus giving up His life to us!

Beloved of God (this means you), I am so ever undeservedly grateful for God’s gift (JESUS)! Personally, I know there is absolutely nothing I could ever do to repay God for what He selflessly did for me. That’s why I am humbled and motivated to lay down my life for my brothers and sisters, so that you too may experience the brevity and abundance of Jesus’ all embracing love in your respective lives!

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#JesusGaveUpHisLifeToUs

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

God Is The Boss Of Me!

Let me be the first to tell you that the devil is not in the details…God is! Did you know that God knew everyone of your days even before one day came to be?

So, if you’ve ever doubted or questioned who is the boss of your life take a look at what David said in Psalm 139:13-16, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

I don’t know about you but for me whilst I am journeying through the process of coming to terms with my personal struggles and with the absence of my beloved embryonic twin brother, I find joy and comfort in being reminded that God is in control of my life!

Family, I truly hope you find joy, comfort, and peace in knowing that God is truly the boss of everything!

BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#GodistheBossofme

#TakeHeart

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

Give Thanks To God!

Genuine and authentic gratitude for God opens the door to our spiritual eyes. There’s a beautiful cycle in giving God thanks: the more we thank Him, the more we see Him working in us and around us. Gratitude helps us sense God’s presence, His personal care and His perfect timing.

The power of gratitude far outweighs the few minutes it takes to practice it. There are so many reasons to intentionally cultivate gratitude! However, this world, our flesh, and the enemy whispers reasons why we shouldn’t cultivate gratitude. It’s incumbent upon us to silence the noise we hear and see because God (contrary to the junk we are constantly exposed to) is always good; even when we’re not! True gratitude for God and the abundance He gives protects us from caving to the lies and partial truths we hear and the mess we see scrolling through every social media platform.

Therefore, I encourage you to take some time out of your busy day to thank God for all that He has done! You see, the overflow of gratitude (thanksgiving) is joy. Recognizing God’s abundant goodness in the good and even in the hard-pressed times, is our gateway for joy. In Psalm 28 David cried out to God, and praised Him for hearing and answering his prayer(s). In verse 7 he said this, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.”

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#GiveThanksToGod

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment

4Give Them Anyway!

I don’t typically post on Sundays because I view it as my day off, but the Lord placed this burden on my heart for someone today (including myself).

That being said, if you are harboring any form of resentment, bitterness, hostility, anger, animosity, and/or antipathy towards a person in your past or present forgive them today. I am not going to delve into a lengthy spiritual discussion about the power of forgiveness and the benefits it brings, but I will strongly encourage you to discharge, release, relinquish, and exonerate the offender(s) no matter how big the offense was or is.

Some of you might be thinking that’s impossible and saying to yourself, “I can’t forgive him/her for what they did to me.” Well, the Lord promises that forgiveness is possible. Even when hurt seems too great to repair or restore, God tells us “I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19). We experience a heart of stone when we are too angry, too selfish, or too frozen by the pain others have caused us. A heart of flesh, while it may be vulnerable, it is compassionate. A heart of flesh sees that while we are feeling pain, the other person may also be hurting for that pain they caused us. We can get so caught up in ourselves that we do not even notice another may be equally struggling from the offense. It is true that people need to be held accountable for their actions. But these people should not be bound in your mental prison forever at your expense.

When we forgive others there is a freedom where we are no longer shackled by our own anger. It moves us from our selfish illusions to a beautiful reality. Yes, I know it’s not easy. In fact, it’s hard work! But letting go of the fantasies that we can change the past, that we can change others, or even that we are the ones who can change ourselves opens room for God to help us ward off the resentment, bitterness, hostility, anger, animosity, and antipathy we feel. Each time we forgive, it paves the way for the next time we need to forgive. Practicing the courage and patience, and letting the Lord into the process of forgiveness becomes like exercising a muscle, it grows stronger and stronger. Together with Him we can come to a point where forgiveness is as intuitive to us as it is for God! Application Action:

(If you can’t speak to that person by phone or face-to-face, all you have to do is automatically and wholeheartedly forgive them in your spirit and the deed is complete.)

#BeStrong

#TGBTG

#NAP

#4GiveThem

Posted in Ministry | Leave a comment