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Psalm 126:1-6

“1. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, the LORD hath done great things for them. 3. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 4. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Oh my! Get ready for God to turn your tears of sadness into tears of joy!

There is a passage of scripture that says weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. I am here to tell you your time of mourning is over as morning has come! Somebody ought to praise Him now! God is turning things around for you!

You have felt like me, that your years of suffering, of going through, of so many hurts, pains, let downs, disappointments, lack and losses seemed to be never-ending. The devil is a liar! It’s ended! God is restoring the years that the locusts and the cankerworms and anything and everything else that the enemy has tried to use to destroy you, back to you. Somebody better say amen!

“Job, your season of suffering has ended.”  Do something for me. Replace Job’s name with your name and speak it aloud: “Regina, your season of suffering has ended”. Oh my, oh my!

Repeat this several times, placing your name where Job’s and my name is. Are you shouting yet?

Looking at the scriptural reference above, it states, “When the LORD turned…” When who? Let me let you in on a little secret; when the LORD turns things around, when He says enough is enough, He fills our mouth with laughter! God’s about to make you laugh!!!

And then, He adds singing to our tongues!!! Get ready to sing a new song!

Those tears that you’ve sown were not in vain. Do you hear me? His word says that they that sow in tears shall reap in joy. I’m shouting right about now!

Donald Lawrence song, SEASON’S is resonating within my spirit now. Glory!

There have been so many aspersions made about you and you’ve suffered silently. There has been much negatives said while some have been major supporters and others have been somewhat ambivalent; they’re sort of on the fence more or less…waiting.

Your effervescence is about to come forth like never before. You will sing, dance, and praise like never before. Your youth is being restored. Your finances are being restored. Relationships are being restored. Families are being restored. Children, like the prodigal son, that wandered off are coming home. Businesses are springing forth. Ministries are moving at accelerated rates. Restoration is taking place all over the land.

And for those naysayers who sit and watch the oh so fickle news each and every day—reading it, listening to it, posting it, meditating on it, planning based on it—let me tell you there is some good news taking place. Regardless of who sits in the White House, God still remains on the throne and no one can do any more or any less than what God ALLOWS them to do.

I choose to share the good news and that is…Get ready for God to turn YOUR sorrow into joy! Now that is some good news and news worth spreading!!!

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The Blessings of the Lord Are About to Overtake YOU!!! You have been stamped “Approved by God”

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Deuteronomy 28:1-7

“1.And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. 3. Blessed shall thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kin, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way and flee thee seven ways.”

Incessant, enormous, gigantic, supernatural, and blessings beyond your wildest dreams are headed your way…yes they are for you!

WHOA, before you get too excited about the blessings, there are some prerequisites to receive the blessing which starts with RADICAL OBEDIENCE.

The passage of scripture above tells us that IF WE hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord to observe and do ALL his commandments THEN the blessings shall come and overtake us. So obedience is the first prerequisite to receive the blessings.

The scripture reference above goes on to tell us (paraphrasing) that wherever we are, wherever we go, the blessings will literally follow or accompany us and chase us down. Isn’t that some good news?

Over the past few years, have you felt like or known that you have gone through some Job experiences: before one leaves with bad news another is knocking on your door? Well, the good, no I mean great, no I mean outstanding news is that the season of bad news is OVER!

Now don’t get me wrong, life will happen and there will be things that take place that are completely unavoidable. The bible tells us that it rains on the just as well as the unjust. It also tells us that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers us OUT OF THEM ALL! Yes trouble will come BUT the BLESSINGS, like never before, are about to hit your house. It’s time to get ready.

Remember, RADICAL OBEDIENCE is required…obedience to the point to where when you know God is leading you in a direction that’s uncomfortable, you go.

Allow me to share two real-life examples of what I’m talking about.

Several years back, I knew God was leading me to tell this one this or that and my first thought was “These people are going to think I’m crazy”. True to form, they did BUT out of obedience, I went. Imagine my surprise when the recipient would break down and cry and say they had been praying for God to send them a word. He allowed me to give that word. Awesome God!

The second is not my personal experience but one I’ve recently heard by many in the past few months. Many had similar experiences to mine where God led them to give a word or perform an act of kindness or give a person a hug, not realizing that what they gave was just what the person had been praying to God for or what the person needed.

They too, thought like I did, that the people would think them to be crazy or strange and were pleasantly surprised at the outcome of their act of obedience. (You do know that we who are Christians are strange—we are a chosen generation, a peculiar people. That’s what the word says.)

I’ll close with this, many years ago I had a Pastor tell me that whenever I could rise above what people said and thought and be obedient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit was when God could and would really use me and blow my mind. I say the same to you today. Get RADICALLY OBEDIENT and watch God blow your mind!!!

We are not perfect beings. As long as we are in the flesh we will make mistakes and need to go to God and others often for forgiveness. It’s so good to know that God takes imperfect and broken people and stamps “APPROVED TO SERVE”. My God is awesome!

For those who say or believe I have the propensity to talk too much (and sometimes you are right-LOL), you ain’t seen nothing yet! May I suggest you start talking too? We hold the blessings for many in our experiences, in our mouth and in our actions. Talk people! Tell of God’s goodness! Don’t be ashamed or guilty of your past. Your past gives you the ammunition to share with someone how you got over and destroy the root of guilt, shame, and anything else the enemy has planned to use to attack or keep the person from being less than God’s best! Tell it! We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the SHARING of our testimonies..SHARE!!!

Okay, so you heard it from me…The Blessings of the Lord Are About to Overtake YOU…do your part and sit back and watch. And he will even allow your enemies to have a front seat at your resurrection! Awesome!

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In life, there are times when each of us most likely feel that we are completely misunderstood and seek acceptance from those we come in contact with. Feeling dejected, rejected and alone sets us on a journey of self-discovery which eventually leads us to the truth: Rejection does not mean you aren’t good enough; it means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer; your value.

Let’s take a look at a familiar passage of scripture that comes from the book of John, Chapter One in the New Testament.

John came as a witness to testify concerning the light, which we as bible readers, know to be Jesus. His purpose was so that through him all men might believe. John WAS NOT the light but testified concerning the light.

The scripture goes on to say that He, Jesus (the light of the world) was in the world but the world did not recognize him. It goes on to say, he came to his own but his own did not receive him. But to those who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave them the right to become children of God. Let’s stop here for a minute.

This passage of scripture shows us that John was a forerunner preparing people for Jesus coming and how Jesus became flesh and how many did not receive him, the Messiah. Wow!

He came to HIS OWN and they didn’t recognize or receive him. Double wow!

Do you believe he may have felt some kind of way?

Let’s take a look at Luke 10:16. From the NIV it states…”Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

The NLT reads: “Then he said to his disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”

So when people reject you as you go about on your God-ordained assignment of just being you and delivering the Good News, who are they actually rejecting?

Jesus told them beforehand that he was sending them (the disciples) as lambs among wolves.

He told them what to take with them, what to do when they got to their various locations and how to act upon leaving. If you know that you know that you know that you know that you are following the leading, guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit and yet are rejected by man, know that you are in good company. People despised and rejected Jesus, the then disciples, as with the modern day disciples are often rejected as each of us go about spreading the good news trying to reach those who are lost

Dr. Steve Maraboli wrote: “Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” Rejection by man leads us to acceptance by God (If we are following His leadings) which is real good.

The most important thing we can do is not have self-rejection. As we move through life, we will have enough opposition and rejections from others. Don’t allow self-rejection to hinder you from being authentic and true to your purpose. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and approved by God!

You are valuable, lovable, and SOMEBODY! Allow yourself the freedom to be true to your calling; who you are and who you were created to be despite disapproval of others. You are here for a reason and a season.

God created each of us and said that EVERYTHING He made was good. Start to see yourself as He sees you. He thought you and I were worth saving, so He came and changed our lives!!! Know your worth! God does! And help others find their true worth in and through sharing Him with those that are lost and hurting.

Remember: He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:6 KJV) Let Him finish what He started in you. You are not rejected: You my friend are loved, called, qualified, and chosen for such a time as this. You are well able.

One last thing, as you go out, don’t try to seek revenge on others for their rejection. Vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will repay. How and when is none of our business. Just love people God’s way according to the word. And don’t try to knock doors down trying to gain acceptance and approval of others; allow God to open the doors, windows and whatever else He has for you to walk through. Fully surrender to the call and He will put you exactly where He wants you.

Embrace those who receive you. Shake the dust off your feet and move on from those that don’t.

You’re not rejected but being re-directed to something better.

Peace & Blessings!

 

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What makes one person seem super successful in their field or endeavors and yet others, pursuing the same,  who give their all, and follow almost all of the prescribed methods given, unsuccessful? Is one more qualified than the other? Is it largely due to the connections another has? Is it due to lack of faith on the part of the unsuccessful person? Is it the person has a supportive spouse/team to rely on or perhaps more financial backings not having to deal with the hassles of small things like: How do we live? Where will we live? How do we eat…while building?  Is it due to the unsuccessful person doing almost all? Or, is it just not the season?

The realm of possibility begins in the mind. Whatever we can believe we can achieve. So does one person lack belief in themselves as to their capabilities? Is the person waiting for the right people or the ideal time to step out or maybe…I mean maybe…there’s a bit of fear taking place.

Yes, having a supportive spouse/team or proper financial backings does help tremendously, but when one does not have either, it may take longer to accomplish, yet it still can be done.

Has the individual fully prepared for their assignment? Is that person stuck waiting on the same people that started out with them to cross the finish line with them? Does one know when it’s time to pass the  baton and the other fails to realize it?

Has unresolved hurts from the past caused the person to miss opportunities? What about past disappointments? Church hurts? Family hurts?  It didn’t work before so why should I think it will work now. Reality check: Perhaps you are in a better position this time and more adequately prepared than before. Everything happens in its season. You do play a huge part in deciding when your season begins. That is, after you’ve properly prepared and are ready to become a doer and not just a hearer.

Has the individual paid the price for their success which consists of investing by studying, learning, growing, networking, praying, falling down, getting back up and repeating the process year-after-year-after- year?

Today I encourage you to really examine yourself if this is you. I can attest to the fact that even though I have taught and wrote about having no fear, I have experienced it myself. Yes there are some things I KNOW that I need to and have needed to do for some time that I’ve allowed fear to keep me from actually doing. Is this you too?

There are SO many things I have done afraid. There are some where I’ve looked utterly and completely foolish. I was learning and growing. It’s not that season anymore. There are other times I’ve stepped out and succeeded.

FOR EXAMPLE:

Going to the doctor and he tells one in order to be healthier, you must follow these steps. Is it the doctor’s fault if you don’t follow the prescribed plan and end up stagnant or even worse off than you were before?

Mentors, teachers, and others tells you in order to get from point A to B to C to D and so on, these are the necessary steps to take. You fail to take the steps. Is it their fault that you don’t succeed?

Preachers gives us the unadulterated word of God. We go Sunday after Sunday and sometimes all during the week and hear the word. Is it their fault that ones life is in shambles because one chooses to go his own way? No, no, no!

KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU’RE GOING:

Over the past few weeks, I realized that in order to pursue my purpose passionately, I need to make a lot of changes. When one is changing, one goes through the various stages of death as one is utterly dying to the old in order to embrace the new. We know losses due to death can be very painful.

It can be something as simple yet complicated as knowing you need to relocate (You’ve been in your current neighborhood for years and moving is painful. What if I don’t like the new place or the new area?  (Questions); or knowing you need to leave a job you’ve been in for years and change careers (You’ve developed relationships with others and they are now more like family plus it provides stability); or knowing you need to move to another church (You love the people in your old one, but you know it’s time as you’re relocating); or if you have young children involved knowing their life is changing (A move likely requires a change in schools); or knowing there are some people you really need to walk away from.

A person may even decide in this season that starting a brand new business is what s/he wants to do, dismantling the old one…something totally different from what they’ve done before but are properly prepared and equipped to do.

DYING TO SELF

One goes through denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally gets to a point of acceptance. These are referred to as The 5 Stages of Grief or The 5 Stages of Death. I’ll add another to this list of things we go through and that is carrying the weight of guilt.

When changes take place from what’s been one’s norm, we often look at who’s to blame for our being forced to change. We’ve become comfortable yet uncomfortable. People disappoint us. We play the mind game–If only this had happened, I could have stayed here. If only this person would have done this or that, I wouldn’t be in this position. Yeah that blame game can be something else.

This is the season to die to all of what was to embrace what is and who/what you’re becoming.

MAKE THE DECISON NOW–NO MORE FEAR–THE TIME IS NOW!

Decide who you are, where you want to go, plan it, work towards it and watch it happen. Decide what you want to do and have the courage to go after it.

As I looked back over some of my journals covering a span of years, I realized there were some things I had repeated over and over again; vows that I had made to myself that I failed to follow through on. I can be totally transparent as I know I am not the only one.

Things are changing. The cheese is constantly moving. The decision is– do we get on with whatever it is or do we get left behind? And honestly, it’s God who is doing the shaking, making what once was your comfort zone, no longer comfortable. He’s moving us to greater BUT He won’t force us.

We cannot hold on to the old and embrace the new. There comes a time when we must let go of what no longer fits where we’re going. Not easy but necessary. Actually every step along your and my journey is and has been necessary.

READY FOR YOUR COMING OUT PARTY?

Life is but a vapor. We are here today and gone today. So what are you waiting on?

I’m coming out. I want the world to know Got to let it show. Let this be your testimony today and then do it…Don’t believe me? Just watch! This time it’s for real! My actions will speak!

The realm of possibility does begin in the mind. And to answer the question posed…yes it is my season!!! Is it yours?

 

 

 

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Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. There is a force– a push and a pull; a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. For the sake of this writing, as it relates to interactions with individuals, I will simplify it by saying whatever one sends out to another ends up returning to the sender. This is referred to as The Law of Karma.

Let’s say for example, you give a kind word to another causing the person to feel happy or elated; a compliment given that puts a smile on the face of its intended recipient. In doing so, this bounces back to you, the sender, causing a smile to also cross your face.

The question becomes: Are you really serious about changing your life?

Instead of wishing you can change certain areas of life, apply the Law of Karma and make some changes that will assure your life changes. Whatever one gives out is what they will receive…it bounces back…it has a boomerang effect.

Ways to change in a positive direction

  • If you want and desire love in your life, freely give it to others
  • If you want and desire acceptance from others for who you are, accept others as they are
  • If you want and desire encouragement and support from others, be an encourager and supporter
  • If you want and desire increased finances in your life, be a generous giver
  • If you want and desire compassion, be compassionate
  • If you want and desire forgiveness for wrongs done to others, be forgiving of others
  • If you want and desire…whatever, be willing to give it out first and allow it to come back to you.

If you are serious about seeing some positive life-changing experiences take place in your life, be very generous in what you give out. The bible tells us to give and it shall be given unto you; good measured, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure you mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38) This is God’s law.   So whatever change you are ready to see take shape in your life, first be willing to give it to others.

There are several other laws that when applied, can and will be life-changing: The Law of Reciprocity and The Law of Attraction immediately comes to mind. Read up on these, implement them in your life and watch what happens.

I know, you are probably thinking to yourself by now that you’ve done these things over and over again with very little results. Keep in mind that as you give these out to others, they may or may not come back from that particular individual but it will come back. Take the risk. It’s worth it.

Will everyone receive what you offer? No! However for every one that doesn’t there are countless others who will. Will those you’ve supported throughout the years reciprocate? Maybe. That’s not your concern. Who does and who does not is truly not your issue.  Do your part and trust the process.

So, are you ready? Let’s go!

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Definition of serendipity

  1. :  the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also:  an instance of this (Merriam-Webster)

  2. noun

    1.

    an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

    2.

    good fortune; luck:(Dictionary.com)

    Looking at the definitions shown above, does any situation immediately come to mind that cause you to think serendipity was involved? Have you stumbled upon valuable information or perhaps even a gift, or a chance meeting with someone where the outcome proved to be something valuable and came just in the nick of time? That my friend, is what some would call serendipity.

There have been many instances in my life where it proved I was in the right place, at the right time, to make the right connection, which provided me the tools or information needed to go to the next level. That chance meeting at a networking event. That chance friendship on social media sites with someone I didn’t know, but upon previewing their profile, realized they were someone I would like to get to know. That chance meeting at the nail salon, grocery store, mall that all proved to be a positive connection–serendipity.

Now for those that question the full meaning of what I’m stating here, the right connection can be one that helps another grow in various ways. It can be a connection that helps one grow spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally or in any number of ways.

 

Imagine, if you will, you’re going through a dilemma and seeking guidance and direction from God on a particular issue. Just for the sake of this writing your issue may be how to deal with the erratic behavior of adult children. Maybe the issue is one of how do I realistically and affordably release excess weight. Suddenly, out of nowhere, here comes someone you’ve never laid eyes on before come to you with the answers needed. Serendipity!

For those of us that are believers, we understand from a biblical perspective that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and when we seek Him and trust Him, He places the people in our path to provide the answers/solutions we need. The bible lets us know this. Honestly, I am a firm believer that nothing occurs by happenstance; it is by design

To my single sisters and brothers seeking a spouse, just prepare and position yourself and trust the process. I heard the phrase (I believe) in the movie “Waiting to Exhale“…”I may be thirsty but I’m not dehydrated.”   Wait for the right one.

To my sisters and brothers looking for answers to many of life’s issues or problems, seek and trust God and trust the process. Trust Him to lead, guide, direct and order your steps. Ask Him to put the right people in your path at the right time to provide whatever is needed. The word says we have not because we ask not. Pray and be very specific in your prayers as to what you seek.

To the countless men and women who have delayed dreams and visions that have not fully manifested; do what you can do each and every day, be consistent, and trust the process.

Just when you think it may not happen or even question the process is when it usually does happen. Expect the unexpected! At the right time, serendipity occurs, doors open, and what you’ve been waiting for, for what seems like eternity, manifests right before your very eyes. The preparation process is worth it. The wait is worth it.

Don’t quit. Don’t lose hope. Don’t faint. Don’t become weary. Your due season is almost here!  As you prepare, your blessings will be interspersed as needed. In between the distributions, there may be a few distractions or hiccups along the way, but that’s par for the course.

Don’t arbitrarily abdicate your God-given rights to the visions or dreams inside you to the thoughts and opinions of others, becoming discouraged when things don’t happen when you think they should and the mocking’s or jeering’s takes place. Do you hear me? Your due season is NOW.

Do not seek the things! As Matthew 6:33 tells us, we are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL of these things will be added unto us. Translation: God first and everything else comes at the right time. When we do that, luck has nothing to do with it. It’s all about order.

He may not come through when or even how we want Him to, but rest assured…He’s connecting you with the right person at the right place at the right time…He’s always on time!

 

 

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Back in my partying days, I would often say, “Girl I’m getting ready to step out”. When we challenge ourselves, we often say, “Honey, now you know I’ve got to step up my game”. So what do we do and say as we step into our new season? What exactly does “stepping into” the new season mean? Seriously, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out. It’s walking into something new.

Let’s connect these three together. Let’s look at–

  1. Stepping Out. Step out of our comfort zones. Properly prepare ourselves just as we did when we were going out partying. Get your finest outfits together. Toss out those old outfits from 10 years ago that are outdated, too small, and you haven’t worn for years. Ladies, get your good hair and accessories together. Lay it all out beforehand. Get your nails done and your brows done and all the works. As we prepare to step out, don’t forget to prepare by studying, studying, studying, praying, praying, praying,. When we get ready to step out we have to build up our confidence to boldly go where we have never dared to go before. We prepare by shedding some weight because you know we have got to look good…lose the weight of carrying people who are not going where you are. Lose the weight of taking on unnecessary drama. Lose the weight physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, psychologically…any weight that prevents you from stepping out. Get that weight off of you!!! Let go of anything that hasn’t and is not working for you in helping you become the authentic you, the new you in this new season.
  2. Stepping Up. Okay so as we prepare to step out, we also should be preparing to Step Up. So how do we do that? Enlarge your circle. Include in it people smarter than you that can help you really step up. Accept those challenges and work them that helps better you to go to the next step. Show up! Speak up! Ask questions! Practice! Listen, listen, and listen some more. I recently read a post that stated, “If at first you don’t succeed, go back and do what your coach told you to do.” Everyone needs a coach and sometimes several as they prepare to step up.
  3. Stepping Into. Woo hoo! This is where you really start walking into our divine purpose! Now let us go boldly where we have never gone before…with confidence, weight loss, adequate preparation, boldness, changed circles, and get ready to party! This is where we each have dreamed of going. It is the place where manifestations of what you’ve been desiring for what seems like forever, comes to pass. This is where God silences the naysayers and doubters as you spent months or even years properly preparing. This is the time where God shows up and gets glory as you passed the test of time. This is the season where the blessings overtake you and flow into the lives of many others. This is the season of abundance and overflow. Yes, let us step into, big time!

We must remember that God is sovereign and continues to reign. He wants to bring the manifestations of what He has shown you to pass. You (we) just have to be willing to do the work and take the risks. We must be ready to take that leap of faith. We must be ready to JUMP!

TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN OR WOMAN. FEAR HAS NO PLACE IN THIS SEASON. READY, SET,…JUMP AND STEP INTO YOUR NEW SEASON. THE WAIT IS OVER!!!

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Does it sometimes seem like life hit you hard in prior years like a ton of bricks landed squarely in your chest? Is it just me or just when you think you’ve overcome one hurdle another giant one comes looming at your head? Is this the time you feel your knees buckle and cry out to the Lord “I just can’t take this anymore”? The good news is God knew the troubles would come before we did and if we really reflect on our lives we can say like the songwriter…all of my good days, out-weigh my bad days, I won’t complain.

Yes my friend, life has a way of knocking us to our knees. This is the ideal position to be in as when we fall there we look up and lift our voices and cries to the most High God.

It’s during these testing’s of our faith that we come to the full realization that in spite of it all, God has been good to us. He has been better to us than we’ve been to ourselves.

Let’s see, why do bad things continually happen in our lives? Hmmm, that’s an interesting question. Let me see if I can answer that for you.

Sometimes they come as a result of our bad decisions. Sometimes they come as a result of our procrastinating (which is still a bad decision). Sometimes bad things happen because we are under attack by the enemy. Sometimes bad things happen because we put our trust in people, rely on them to do what they say they’re going to do and for whatever reason they fail us.

I have unintentionally lied to people and made promises up the yang yang to others based on what others said they would do. I would never, ever deliberately  lie to someone. We had a verbal agreement, right? Wrong! It made me look like I was not a person of character and integrity. Is it the fault of the people that the bad things happened? Not at all. I simply put my trust in a position that is only held by God himself. (Psalm 118:8)

 

Sidenote: Last year when planning our 5th Meeting of the Minds Networking Event, I had people PLEDGE certain amounts of funds and backings in other ways. Gullible, naïve, I took it and ran with it. I made plans and did all kinds of stuff preparing for the event. I trusted the people and that was a huge, costly mistake. The people backed out and I was left owing  thousands of dollars, some of which, I still have not repaid as of yet. But I will!

I looked like a total and complete fool and lost respect among some and even lost some self-respect. LIFE LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY! (You can read a lot more about this entire incident in my upcoming book whenever God releases me to release it. Believe you me, I have  made many costly mistakes)

Some bad things come as a means of teaching us valuable lessons we would not or could not have learned without the incident occurring (which could be a series of bad decisions).

Why do I say the latter? Sometimes we are so stubborn and hardheaded and have that mentality of doing things our way that God Himself cannot get through to us. It’s not like He doesn’t try or warn us. We just ignore the warning signs and keep doing things our way. We, or some of us, butt our heads up against the same wall over and over again until we get tired of the bruising’s and it’s only then that we gain the lesson. We pay the price the hard way when all we had to do was listen and obey.

If I knew then, what I know now: I would be slimmer, addiction free, financially savvy, debt free, healthier, wealthier, wiser, etc.. How many of us have said this?

In order to gain the wisdom that you have now, did any of you have to be like that Billy goat butting its head repeatedly against the same brick wall or were you wise enough to listen to Godly counsel? Just asking.

Case in point: I had known for a week or longer that I needed to get new tires, but I procrastinated. I went out to get into my car a few weeks back and guess what? I had a flat tire. Go figure! Now why in the world did that happen? Do I blame God? Was it the enemy or did I do that myself by ignoring the warning signs?

People, bad things do happen on a regular basis to good people, but many times we play a huge part in what’s happened. We have the innate ability to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His leadings, if we only would. Accept responsibility, vow to do better, and move on. It’s imperative that we do.

For those things that happen that are totally beyond your control, seek and trust God to fix them. Do your part, whatever that part may be. Don’t ignore the warning signs and trust God to do the rest.

As for me, I won’t complain. Why? Because God has been too good to me for me to do so. Neither should you, because He has been so good to you too!

2017 can be the year of restoration. 2017 can be the year of reconciliation. 2017 can be the year that you jump. 2017 can be the year of turnaround. It can be, but we each have to be willing to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough. It can be your time! The choice lies with each of us whether we want it to be or not.

Luke 22:31-32New International Version (NIV)

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Happy New Year  from my family to yours!

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Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

1 Corinthians 13:3-8English Standard Version (ESV)

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

May I change the title of this for a minute? It is ALWAYS the season for love!

As I go about each day, I see people in need of and searching for love. People need to know that there is someone who genuinely cares for them; not for what they can receive from the individual, but for the individual.

Many only remember to call or visit someone when there’s a need that the individual can fill. Don’t let that be you.

Some of our elderly that have given up much to train, nurture, provide for, and sacrificed so much for others, live a lonely life. I see those that have given their all be left totally and completely alone during their time of need. The need may be just a visit, or a phone call, or something that does not require anything tangible: The need is love.

The holidays can be the most devastating!

Life, this life that we live, can be amazing. On the other hand it can be devastating for some. I am not going to write a long article today. I just want to encourage you to look around you each and every day to find someone you can SHOW love to. Don’t look at the exterior, look and listen to your heart and follow it. Remember, one day it could be you.

I shared my experience and thoughts in a group the other day and it bears repeating. Last week, I found myself looking fairly decent on the outside, but underneath my pants I had leggings that had a run in them. No one could see the run as it was covered by the  pants and boots. The run, nevertheless, was still there. I knew it was there. Several commented how nice I looked. They just didn’t know what was under the surface. And so it is with people, don’t let the smile fool you. People are hurting and want and need love!

Look at the scripture above–if we have not love, we gain NOTHING! Look at what love is from a biblical perspective and ask yourself the question: Am I honestly focused daily on showing love to others or is my focus all about me, myself, and I? Be real. Examine yourself.

Don’t just say you love someone; put some action into it.

Remember, do unto others as you would have done unto you. Also remember, whatever we sow is what we will reap.

If you are looking for a gift to give that will last a lifetime and mean more than any tangible gift you could possibly give, give the gift of your time. We cannot reach everybody but we can reach or minister to somebody daily.

Love never fails!

 

 

 

 

 

god-speaks

On yesterday, I was interviewed on a radio broadcast, “N I’ve Got Something to Say” by Dr. Netreia Carroll. The question was asked: How can one tell when God is speaking? I pondered that over and over last night and felt led to share my thoughts on the subject.

Before I go into how we know that God is speaking to us and it’s not we ourselves, Satan, or others that’s leading, guiding, directing, and ordering our steps, allow me to share with you a small portion of my experience.

Back in August 1999, while laid flat on my back after having surgery, I heard an inner voice say to me, “I am breaking you to build you up”. Lying flat on my back, home alone (or so I thought), I was puzzled. I kept saying or rather asking–“Who is this? What is this?” I would be lying if I didn’t say it scared the dickens out of me. However, the voice continued to speak some other things to me as well.

Being new to hearing from God, I blabbed to everyone what I constantly heard in my spirit. This set off a long chain of negatives for many years. Hurtful things were said about me. I was labeled as insane. People distanced themselves from me and I wondered why.

Prior to this Damascus road experience, I thought myself to be a good person.(I was not persecuting the church but call it that just to be clear) I looked the part: had a great job,  dressed well, attended church every Sunday and Wednesdays, taught Sunday School classes, Vacation Bible School, served on this board and that one, went out with the church ministering to those in nursing homes, and sang in the choir.

Prior to my “experience” or encounter with hearing from God, I looked in the natural like I had it together. I was a giver and still am today. I love to give. Imagine my surprise when God said to ME that He was breaking me to build me up. I didn’t need breaking, or so I thought. My life was a total mess. If you haven’t read my book: To God be the Glory: From Brokenness to Wholeness, I encourage you to get it. You may just see yourself in the writings. Many have.

So how do I know when God is speaking and it’s not the enemy? Honestly, a part of my breaking period, God allowed Satan to speak to me. It took me a while to recognize when God was speaking and when it was the enemy. Satan disguises himself so well. God’s sheep learn to hear His voice and know Him and follow Him. (John 10:27)

In order to know that it is God that’s speaking we must:

  1. Establish and maintain a relationship with Him through reading and studying His word. The bible is full of what God’s will for our lives is.
  2. After doing that on a daily basis, we must get still and listen to hear what He is speaking to us. Shut off the TV or any other distractions and listen.
  3. We must ask God what it is He wants us to do. The bible says we have not because we ask not.
  4. We must expect Him to lead, guide, direct and order our steps.
  5. I cannot emphasize this enough: Listening is key. We must be willing to listen and obey.
  6. God’s spoken word does not contradict His written word.
  7. God will often confirm His word through people. Get Godly counsel. Surround yourself with Godly people.
  8. We must be willing to get alone and be alone in order to get our guidance from Him in whatever situation we are facing.
  9. We must understand that sometimes what God leads us to do has nothing to do with common sense. As an example, you are driving to work and the inner voice within, the Holy Spirit that leads, guides, and directs you tells you to take a different route. You know in your mind that the route you normally take is a lot shorter than the one you’re being directed to take. Hesitant, but obedient, you go that route that you’re led to go and later learn there was a terrible accident or road construction was taking place. Perhaps, you drive by a house that God is prompting you letting you know it’s yours. Maybe even taking the route the Spirit leads you to take causes you to run into your future spouse. What’s my point? God knows what’s best for us and if we listen and obey, we will come to the full understanding of His word in Jeremiah 29:11.
  10. We must ask or pray–God lead me, guide me, direct me, order my steps.
  11. We must obey.

God is constantly trying to tell us something. Today if you hear His voice, don’t harden your heart.

Did I miss it and get a lot of things wrong? Yes I did. Do I still sometimes get things wrong? Yes, I do. The one thing that I know that I know is God wants what’s best for us and if we study, listen and obey, He will fulfill His promises in my life as well as yours. He is faithful.

I’ll close with this. Find your space and meet with God each and every day to get your marching orders from Him. I have several. I read and study in my bedroom. I spend time conversing with Him in the shower. I spend time watching and listening to His anointed preachers and teachers daily and my God, when driving to and from work, we have a glorious time! Find your place(s) where you can hear what He is saying.

And people, please get away from that “something said” or “something led” and acknowledge God as that something. He really does want to tell you somethings.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my house to yours!