We all love the blessings of God, but will we still love God when He appears He stops blessing us? Or appears He is not for us? With the depth of God comes a deeper relationship. The butterflies will soon fade and what you are truly destined to be is in the making when you proceed in the acts of loving Him. Read More →
“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea,”Peace! Be still!”And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39
Peace, like happiness, is something that you can possess regardless of your circumstances. It is a state of mind and spirit. Have you ever been in a situation where all hell was breaking loose but you still remained at peace? Your friends and family were probably waiting for you to break, but you held it down like a champ. This is what I call peace under pressure. As I grow and go through more, I am finding a deeper sense of this unshakable peace and I want to share ways for you to find it too. Read More →
Studies have shown that all adults have experienced some form of depression. Whether it be mild, moderate or severe, its said that everyone has been under blues. No matter how mild or severe, depression doesn’t feel good and the condition leaves you feeling hopeless, alone and sad. Having experienced Post Postpartum Depression years ago, I can relate to individuals who are struggling with the blues today. My message is that there is hope for overcoming. Read More →
When our unbelief that God will handle things take over, it becomes impossible to walk the full path of our destiny amidst the storms. If you believe in God yet not have the belief that He is fully capable of resolving the issues in our lives, how can you project out of your mouth that you are a woman or man of faith? Without relinquishing full control to the Father that created you, faith OF Him existing without faith IN Him, will cause you to lose in life. Without Faith, you will not win.
This past week I had the pleasure of attending a pre-screening of “Birth of a Nation” – a riveting film about the life of Nat Turner, the leader of the only effective and sustained slave rebellion in U.S. history. The film melds the themes of religion, race in America, awakening and freedom in a conflicted, quite unsettling way. I think every Christian should see Birth of a Nation for those very reasons. Any person who watches this movie and walks away without having to challenge their own thoughts around these themes is likely a dead soul. Read More →
Fear of rejection is something that keeps most of us bound to settling for much less than what God has for us. We don’t ask that special someone we’ve been admiring out because we’re afraid that he/she might say no, so we just date who approaches us. We don’t go after the job promotion we desperately desire because we’re afraid we don’t have enough experience and someone else is qualified. We don’t apply for the loan or search for the home because we’re afraid our credit won’t qualify us. But I am learning that desiring rejection – not being afraid of it but running toward it – opens more doors and stretches my faith beyond my small comfort zone. Read More →
There is a saying that I’m sure most of you have heard before that says when we pray, God answers in YES, NO or WAIT. We are all overjoyed when we get an immediate YES to our request. Most of us can endure long enough for the WAIT. But what do we do when God says no?
What do you say about yourself? YOU are the only person who can define yourself and the trajectory of your life. I always say – your words determine your world. I once heard a sermon by Bishop Tudor Bismarck where he states that whatever you place after “I AM” becomes your reality. The I AM factor allows you to place faith in your life’s situations. Read More →
I know you are thinking…Afraid of the light? Don’t you mean the dark? No, I wrote it right the first time…the light. The light I am referring to is not the sunlight, or light from a light bulb, but the light within yourself. Chapter 5 of Matthew talks about The Beatitudes (also known as the Sermon on the Mount) that Jesus preached to the disciples about how to live a righteous life. Verse 14 says “you are the light of the world” and verse 16 says “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” No matter what you have done in the past, that doesn’t define who you are. You have hopes, dreams, and goals.
I have a confession, I am afraid of MY light. I can celebrate someone else’s light all day long, but mine? I didn’t think I had any light until recently. Queen, you are fabulous, and I’m not just talking about your outer appearance. You are fabulous on the inside. THAT is your light. That dream you have, that passion you have, GO FOR IT! God gave all of us gifts and purpose and we are afraid of tapping into that. I was (and still am a little bit…I’m a work in progress) afraid of MYSELF! God gave me a wonderful heart and a creative and sharp mind and I let the enemy have hold of it for far too long. It’s time I take it back! I was afraid of succeeding…not failing, but SUCCEEDING! I would see people on social media doing what I wanted to do and seemed to be flourishing and I would get discouraged. I had to realize first of all everything may not be what it seems. Second, I am looking at page 97 of their story, not the beginning. I don’t know what it took for them to get where they are. Third, their path is NOT my path. Yes, we may be interested in similar things, but God has a way of using us differently. So the same things that worked for someone else will NOT work for you.
God has a way of getting your attention. He took the aftermath of my miscarriage to transform me. I had to get to the bottom of all the years of conforming to what other people thought I should be, low self esteem, running from God, destructive behaviors, looking for love in ALL the wrong places, grief, anxiety, and depression. I had to see who I REALLY was. I’m still learning who God wants me to be and getting reacquainted with myself, well really meeting her for the first time if we are going to be real about the situation. You get used to being in the dark, that yes, at first the light hurts your eyes. You can’t see that well, but you know it’s beautiful out there and you can’t wait for your eyes to adjust to the scenery before you. That’s where I am, my eyes are adjusting, but I’ve gotten glimpses of what’s before me and from now on the only time I’m cutting the light off is to go to bed at night.
It’s been a long time, I shouldna left you…
God has a way of getting your attention, making you realize that you are NOT in control, making you move out of comfort zone, making you trust His plan and ways. Currently I am LITERALLY living Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”