serendipity

 

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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Do you or someone you know shop at Ralph’s Grocers? Well you can definitely help us! Contact Marika Kinchelow at mkinchelow@godsstorehouseministries.org, provide your card number so that we can sign you up, and each time you make your REGULAR purchases, a certain amount will be donated to us. That’s it! No extra charges. No hidden anything just do your regular shopping. Thank you!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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If I were you I would say, speak Lord, speak to me! Maybe God is trying to tell you something.

The past two weeks have been very challenging for me; challenging to the point that I know I need to be still. I’ve lost a lot during these past few weeks, been totally and completely wiped out and confused about some decisions I need to make. God is trying to tell me something and I know it!

Sometimes I find that I am so busy moving here and there…just too busy. Is busy good? Sometimes yes and sometimes no.

God is not the author of confusion. God is a God of order and sometimes He is prompting us to get our houses in order. But what does that really men?

I. Getting our spiritual houses in order means:

  1. Placing and keeping God first in all that we say and do.
  2. Regularly assembling ourselves with believers.
  3. Giving as the word leads us to–spiritually, physically, relation wise, and financially
  4. Fasting, praying, worshipping
  5. Developing and keeping a relationship with our Creator
  6. Reading the word daily.
  7. Reading other inspirational books.
  8. Watching and viewing messages of love, hope, faith, etc. via TV, YouTube, Periscope or Facebook Live
  9. Get your praise on! God inhabits the praises of His people.
  10. Develop a habit of speaking in an unknown tongue. This confuses the enemy.

II. Getting our natural houses in order means:

As givers, sometimes we can really get this part out of order. We give and give to others without realizing our natural house is a reflection of God’s love in human form.

  1. Spending quality time with the family members that God has blessed us with.
  2. Maintaining our houses in a manner pleasing to the Lord. Translation: Keeping it clean and taking care of what we’ve been blessed with (material things)
  3. Maintain a pleasant and inviting atmosphere for those who enter in.
  4. Always remember, God first and our immediate families second, i.e., spouse and children and then others.

III. Getting our physical (body) houses in order means:

Our bodies are the temple of the Lord. To preserve and take care of the temples we must–

  1. Healthy eating/Proper diet
  2. Exercise at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each time
  3. Setting and keeping regular doctor’s, dental, and eye exams
  4. Getting proper rest.
  5. Maintaining our hail, nails and brows
  6. Always dressed in a manner pleasing to God (and for those that don’t know what an iron and ironing board looks like, I suggest you reintroduce yourself to them. They work miracles-LOL)
  7. Proper hygiene is extremely important! Don’t neglect it! 🙂
  8. Learn to say no to unhealthy things. Temptations will come.

IV. Getting our financial houses in order means:

  1. On a regular basis (at least once a week) look at your financial obligations.
  2. Establish a REAL budget. I wrote about this in a prior message.
  3. Start to regularly save. Invest into your account each pay day
  4. Pay off debts that have been in arrears. This can be done! Have a plan and follow it!
  5. Put those ATM and credit cards away in a safe place. Don’t use them unless the money is in the account or you’re able to pay off the debt when the card comes in. Overdraft protection still costs you.
  6. Learn the power of “no”–No to yourself and no to others. Think about the repercussions of purchasing that item today or saying yes to something that you can wait to get or do
  7. Avoid those payday loan places…Run Forest run!
  8. Schedule appointments with your bankers to see what financial tips they can and do offer.
  9. Attend financial literacy classes.
  10. Put God first by investing in His kingdom. Give your tithes, offerings, help a brother or sister in need, do it as He leads you.

V. Getting our businesses in order

Many of us have started businesses and for some reason or another they have not taken off as we have desired them to. To ensure we have successful businesses, and to get them in order, we must–

  1. Ensure that we have ALL of our papers properly filed via the various channels
  2. Ensure that we have the necessary insurance protections in case a situation occurs
  3. Maintain your bookkeeping or have someone do it for you on a daily or weekly basis–Remember your records are open for inspection
  4. Have on hand a legal advisor, a financial advisor, an independent accountant, an advisory board, and a supportive staff
  5. Learn and continue to learn any and everything related to your business
  6. File and pay your taxes timely. There are several that must be paid, not just IRS.
  7. Network! Your net worth is largely determined by your network.
  8. Associate, collaborate and do business with reputable people; people of character and integrity. First become that person yourself.

VI. Getting our mental houses in order:

  1. Study and read something on a regular basis that expands your vocabulary, your way of thinking and provides intellectual stimulation
  2. Network as much as possible with others that provide positive motivation, inspiration, information and encouragement
  3. Learn to be objective. When looking at a situation put yourself in both or all parties involved position.
  4. Join a book club. It’s amazing the discussions that takes place as each person reads the same book and walks away with totally different ideas or thoughts about the book.
  5. Join Toastmaster’s or similar groups if you’re interested in improving your speaking skills, vocabulary, etc.

If our houses are not in order, we run the risk of losing and that’s a risk we don’t want to take. If you’re like me you’ve done that enough. Lack and poverty is not our destiny.The word says to obey is better than sacrifice. If you are like me, you are tired of losing and ready to win.

We are Destined to Win. We should always Expect to Win and Expect Greater. In order to do so, we must take and invest the time in getting our houses in order. Now that’s an investment well worth the risk!

Never compromise your beliefs based on what’s popular or the belief’s of others. Be true to who you are…your core…the real you. If you find yourself compromising in your home, on your job, in your finances, with your health or in any area of your life, get it right.

Be the best version of you that you can be.

To those that don’t understand what I’m about to do: don’t worry because God will soon show you. To give you a sneak preview–I am getting my house in order!

By a show of hands, who’s ready to get their houses in order and see the manifestations of God’s glory on a regular, ongoing basis? Well, it’s not going to be easy but it is necessary. You’re really embarking upon the journey of dying to self and living life as God intended. Set your intentions to WIN!

The time to win is now! To be fit for the journey and the fights ahead, it is imperative that we get our houses in order.

Listen…do you hear Him speaking? God is trying to tell you something! Let’s repent and then aggressively work towards order. There is a call to repentance!

A Call to Repentance

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, “The Lord has been very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. “Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets preached, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.”’ But they did not hear nor heed Me,” says the Lord.

“Your fathers, where are they?
And the prophets, do they live forever?
Yet surely My words and My statutes,
Which I commanded My servants the prophets,
Did they not overtake your fathers?

“So they returned and said:

‘Just as the Lord of hosts determined to do to us,
According to our ways and according to our deeds,
So He has dealt with us.’”’”

The Lord Will Comfort Zion

12 Then the Angel of the Lord answered and said, “O Lord of hosts, how long will You not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which You were angry these seventy years?”

13 And the Lord answered the angel who talked to me, with good and comforting words. 14 So the angel who spoke with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“I am zealous for Jerusalem
And for Zion with great zeal.
15 I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease;
For I was a little angry,
And they helped—but with evil intent.

16 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord:

“I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy;
My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts,
“And a surveyor’s line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.”’

17 “Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“My cities shall again spread out through prosperity;
The Lord will again comfort Zion,
And will again choose Jerusalem.”’”

DISCLAIMER:  I share with you my thoughts and understanding as they relate to God’s word and will for our lives. Some may disagree and that’s okay. I do not profess to be a bible scholar. I am merely a woman who loves the Lord and shares my thoughts on various subject matters.

 

 

 

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God’s Storehouse Ministries

God’s Storehouse Ministries:  Who we are. What we do. Why we do this. Where we provide services? How can you help?

For this article I thought I would address the elephant in the room that many have shunned or ignored due to not fully understanding who we really are. Today I address God’s Storehouse Ministries—the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s.

  1. Who are we? Before I tell you who we are I will tell you who WE ARE NOT. We are NOT a church! We are a community based non-profit (501c3) organization.
  2. What do we do? Our organization provides:
  • Information & Referral Services,
  • Food donations
  • Clothing donations
  • Furniture, dishes, pots, pans and all of the fixings for those rebuilding their lives after a disaster has occurred and have no means of obtaining these otherwise (Effective mid 2017)
  • Adopt-a-Family Programs for families during the holidays providing food and toys for indigent families
  • Financial Literacy Programs for children ages 12 –18 (Effective mid 2017)
  • Business Start-up Assistance (Effective mid 2017)
  • Etiquette Classes (In partnership with M. Shannon Consulting)
  • Prom Dress donations to local high schools to include jewelry, shoes and accessories
  • Referrals for spiritual guidance/possible church memberships to those seeking to churches we’re in partnership with
  • And so much more!
  1. Why do we do this?

Disaster can strike at any time. No one is immune to life and the rollercoaster many find themselves on. Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods…one or any of these things can wipe a family out. Many have no insurance to replace these lost items and look for places to go to meet the needs. Many families are single-parent households and some due to a parent being absent due to incarceration, divorce or deceased need more help than others.  Those previously incarcerated and recently released from prison often need assistance in preparing for and securing jobs. God’s Storehouse Ministries can and will either provide the services ourselves via the various programs we offer, or refer them to the appropriate resources we’re in partnership with that can help meet the need.

Financial literacy programs as with etiquette classes are a part of properly preparing disadvantaged youth better prepare to become successful as adults. Resume writing and job readiness helps prepare those searching for jobs improve their chances of obtaining one.

  1. Where do we provide the services

Our office is currently located in the Carson Plaza Suites. These are the Executive Offices. We are in the process of securing a building that will adequately provide us the space to house large donated items such as furniture. Services are currently provided in the SouthBay area of Southern California. Plans are in the makings to expand to other areas outside of the SouthBay area.

God’s Storehouse Ministries does currently have agreements with some of the courts in the Southern California area to work with the Court Referral Community Service Program with paperwork in process for even more courts. We will accept non-violent, non-drug related offenders to work with us in helping to meet the needs of our clients.

  1. How can you help?

The thing that is needed the most to help us better serve those within our community is financial donations. These donations may be made by going to our website at www.godsstorehouseministries.org and clicking the “Donate Now” button, by sending payments via Paypal to us at info@godsstorehouseministries.org or by mailing a check or money order to P. O. Box 5397, Torrance CA 90510 or via our Go  Fund Me accounts. All donations are tax-deductible.

You can also help by showing your support for us and liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GodsStorehouseMinistries

You can further support us by spreading this article with your circle of friends or your network of influence.

If you’re a business that provides any of the items we donate to others in need, your donations are greatly appreciated and much needed.

If you are a church, non-profit, or other service agency and wish to consider partnering with us, please email your interest to us at info@godsstorehouseministries.org.

With your help, 80% of the programs can be provided to the recipients for free or near free.

  1. Are we fully operational now?

No we are not and the reality of it is we will not be without your help. Many of the services we provide are in partnership with other service providers/churches. We have done some of the above, actually most of the above, on a small scale, TOGETHER we can help many that are disenfranchised and disadvantaged become productive, successful people and help others rebuild their lives after disaster. We know anything that can happen to one, can happen to another.

7. Why are we passionate about what we do?

The majority of us have found ourselves in need at one point or another. We have reached out, looking for a hand-up and not a hand-out and found that that the resources were either not there or if so we were unaware of what was available or we didn’t qualify.

We have walked through the pains of being on the other end, felt them so intensely that it is now our desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

We have suffered, sacrificed, gone through the pains of being mislabeled, misunderstood, unappreciated for the work we do as we ourselves found ourselves in need while pursuing this.  We realize that without the full support of the communities we aspire and desire to serve, we will never become fully operational.

We aspire to be a part of the solution but we cannot do it without your help. TOGETHER WE CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Our mission is: To holistically meet the social and spiritual needs of those in our community or connect them with resources that can.

Other Donations We Are Currently In Need Of

  1. 3 IPad’s
  2. AMC Gift Cards
  3. Toys appropriate for ages 5-12
  4. Cash Gift Cards
  5. Turkeys, hams, yams, green beans, canned goods, dry goods, soft drinks, potato salad, water, pies, cakes
  6. Children’s coats (girls and boys—all sizes)
  7. Boxes of paper
  8. Ink Cartridges (HP 564XL)
  9. 3 Laptops
  10. Boxes (large) to use to package clothing/dishes/pots & pans, cutlery, food items, wall hangings, shoes
  11. Costume jewelry to be given away with prom/homecoming dress donations
  12. Gift cards to shoe stores (prom/homecoming dress donations/others in need)
  13. Tape for sealing boxes
  14. Staplers, staples, office supplies

What We Will Give You In Exchange for Your Donation

Your donation of items shown above will get you–

  1. Acknowledgement on websites as sponsors/supporters at www.godsstorehouseministries.org, www.reginamixonenterprises.org and www.regsbooks.org for 12 months
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Sponsorship/Monetary donations of $5,000 or more

  1. Contact us for sponsorship details

God’s Storehouse: Where families can pray together, work together, play together, learn together, and prosper together!

So now you know!

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The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

In this parable we see the difference between the ones prepared to meet the bridegroom as opposed to the ones who were not.

This particular scriptural reference illustrates how we should prepare ourselves for Jesus return and clearly tells us that we should be constantly preparing as we do not know the day or hour of his return; we should prepare ourselves to become his bride and not wait or procrastinate in doing what we know we need to do. We must have and keep enough oil on hand to prevent our lamps from going out. We must stay ready!

In this reference, Christ is considered as the bridegroom of the church.

Now let’s talk to the women that have prayed and asked God to send them a spouse. Time rolls along and you seem to be always the bridesmaid and wonder when your time will come when you will become the bride. You realize that you don’t just want anyone, you only want God’s best for you and have decided to wait until he comes.

What are you doing while you are waiting? Are you preparing yourself by doing everything it takes to make you fit and ready for your mate? Are you spending time in prayer, learning how to do the things a virtuous woman should do as you prepare for your mate? Are you learning to cook and clean? No real man wants a woman who cannot prepare at least one meal nor does a real man want to walk into a filthy house?

Are you growing in all aspects of your life–spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally, etc.?  Or my sister, are you lazy–sleeping late, procrastinating about doing things, not taking care of your physical body, still stuck in 1999, and not growing?

If you sincerely desire a mate, the scripture does tell us to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart. Guess what though? God won’t give us His best until we’ve become His best for the mate He has chosen for us.

So, my sisters, as you prepare to become the bride of Christ, which is what we should be doing daily: if you truly desire a mate, His best in human form, you should be PREPARING for him.

Your day will come…and you will no longer be the bridesmaid: YOU will be the bride! Get ready, get ready, get ready! And don’t you dare settle for less than His best just because you want a mate. Wait for His best!

There’s this writing that I have that is entitled “RELATIONSHIPS”. A part of it states that while God is preparing you, He is also preparing your mate, AND at the set time, when you both are ready, He will surprise you with His love in human form. Don’t you want that? Well, keep preparing yourself and wait!

Marry Jesus first by becoming totally and completely devoted to him and then…

Here comes the bride…here comes the bride…

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It’s restoration time! Yes, it is time to aggressively work towards becoming the you that God intended you to be.

Jeremiah 33 tells of the promise of restoration–

Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first.

This particular chapter deals with restoring a nation. My challenge to each of us is to allow God to restore you and as He does, know that it is the beginning of a restored nation.

30 DAY CHALLENGE BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14,2016!

Let’s go…DAY 1 CHALLENGE–NO FEAR HERE!

Today every time you are confronted by fear, say to yourself “I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO FEAR. FEAR NO LONGER LIVES HERE. I REPLACE ALL FEARS WITH MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH.

Sounds elementary, but fear is one of the things that holds many of us back.  Repeat it over and over again.

DAY 2 CHALLENGECourage and Wisdom–Understand that there are some things in life that you absolutely cannot change. Recognize and know that this is a part of life. Today’s challenge is to recite The Serenity Prayer at least 3 times when faced with issues that are beyond your control. Rest assured, you will have ample opportunity to do so

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right;

If I surrender to His will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.

DAY 3 CHALLENGE–JUST DO IT!

Think of just ONE thing that you have put off doing that you know once it’s completed you can exhale AND THEN just do it! Feel the sense of accomplishment you will have upon its completion. Share with us what you did, how long you had procrastinated about doing it and if you were able to breathe that sigh of relief once it was finished. We want to hear from you.

DAY 4 CHALLENGE: READ!

Read something today that takes you out of your comfort area, something you wouldn’t typically take the time to read. It can be educational, motivational, inspirational, romance, fiction or non-fiction, self-help or anything that takes you away your norm.

Spend at least 30 minutes today reading. Let’s go! (Are you still with me?)

DAY 5 CHALLENGE–INVEST SOME QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY AND LOVED ONES

Yes I said INVEST some time! Set aside a few hours from your daily activities to invest in spending some quality time with your loved ones. Investments yield a return! Let’s go! We’re on our way to becoming a better version of ourselves and a new life.

DAY 6 CHALLENGE: Move Your Body! Get up and get moving. 30 minutes of physical exercise is all that’s required. Walk, run, play, enjoy!

DAY 7 CHALLENGE– Attend the CHURCH of your choice. Be it in person, live streaming, TV–get your word in today. Get some good food for your soul to help carry you through the day and/or week until the next refueling takes place.

Day 8 CHALLENGE–MEDITATE! Take some time to meditate. Get quiet and say over and over again “Something good is going to happen to me today. Something good is going to happen through me today.” Meditate on a scripture that encourages you. SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING TO AND THROUGH YOU!

DAY 9 CHALLENGE–SET SOME GOALS! I’m not hearing anything from anyone!!! Are you with me? Okay, let’s go. Today is a great day to set goals and develop life plans. Set short-term and long-term goals. Where do you see yourself 3 years from now? 5 years from now? 7 years from now? Write the vision out. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate but as Stephen Covey writes…begin with the end in mind. See yourself accomplishing this. One, two, three…let’s go!!!

DAY 10 CHALLENGE–BUDGET! Look at us! We are moving forward. Today’s challenge is to put in place and implement that often dreaded “B” word. Yep, it’s time to set a BUDGET and please be realistic when doing so. This is work people but well worth it! Get a bright red (or any color) budget book. Write out everything you owe to include the due dates. Start with your regular household expenses, and then move to others you have such as gasoline, cleaners, entertainment, oil changes, tire replacements, trainings, and miscellaneous. Don’t forget to include your giving. That should be at the very top of your list. Look at your NET monthly income you bring home each payday.  Write those pay days down and working with your BUDGET determine what you can pay and when you will pay.

And know that you are going to have to say no to many things but the end will be amazing!

And, if you have messed up with the finances, don’t beat yourself up…we are all beginning again. Time to right wrongs that have been in arrears!

DAY 11 CHALLENGE–KNOW YOUR CREDIT SCORES! Order your free credit report by going to creditkarma.com or freecreditreport.com. Check out https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/artic…/0155-free-credit-reports. Know where you stand financially. You can get a FREE annual credit report and Credit Karma affords you the opportunity to review your credit reports on a regular basis.

I’ve heard that  https://www.creditchecktotal.com/ is an even better resource than Credit Karma and is more accurate. There is a minimal cost for this one.

DAY 12 CHALLENGE: Reach out today by calling or visiting someone you’ve not heard from in a while. Surprise them! Let them know you are thinking about them. Kindness goes a long way.

DAY 13 CHALLENGE: Relax! If you’ve been doing the challenges along with me you owe yourself a day of relaxation. Enjoy your holiday weekend. Do something fun! Let your hair down and embrace the kid in you. That’s it!

DAY 14 CHALLENGE: It’s Sunday!!! All day long! Attend the church of your choice–in-person, live streaming, TV–Give Him what He so rightfully deserves…your time.

DAY 15 CHALLENGE: Celebrate your personal independence day with family and friends. Think of a few things, or perhaps one, that you have been delivered from or are grateful for and CELEBRATE!

If you’ve been doing these challenges, you have a reason to celebrate!

DAY 16 CHALLENGE: Before I give the challenge, please allow me to thank those that are actually doing the challenges daily. A challenge often allows us to reflect, get out of our comfort zones, and take some corrective action. So, I say thank you and we are past the half way point! Yay!

FORGIVENESS is the challenge for today. Think of someone you have harbored ill-feelings as they did, or you perceived they did, you wrong in some kind of way. Now make a conscious decision to forgive that person. That person could very well be YOU! It could be someone else. You’ve heard it before, unforgiveness is like poison, when taken, spreads throughout your body. It creates all kinds of negatives like stress, emotional pains, physical symptoms,  lack of energy…the list goes on and on.

DAY 17 CHALLENGE: Go somewhere new. Yep, go somewhere you’ve never been before. This can be a park or riding through a new neighborhood, to a beach, a new restaurant…just go somewhere different. Get outside your regular neighborhood (unless of course there are places in your hood you haven’t seen)

There’s so much more to see even in your own city you’ve lived in for years. Find those spots.

DAY 18 CHALLENGE: Be CHEERFUL ALL day long. When negative thoughts enter your mind immediately replace it/them with positive ones. Do this as often as you need to throughout the day.

DAY 19 CHALLENGE: Hydrate! Drink at least 8 glasses of water today. The body needs water!

DAY 20 CHALLENGE–GET MOVING! Let’s move that body again. 30 minutes of brisk walking, jogging, workouts at the gym or at home. Just move that body for 30 minutes.

DAY 21 CHALLENGE–TIME FOR CHURCH! It’s Sunday again! Yes! Now let’s actually go into the sanctuary for praise and worship and the assembling of ourselves together with other believers. This time– no live-stream or TV, but rather in-person. Let’s go!!!

DAY 22 CHALLENGE: Let’s incorporate 2 items together…READ and HYDRATE. Read something uplifting and encouraging. Get full of hope so that you can pass it on.

Drink 8-glasses of water. You can do this! 4 bottles of 16.9 ounces helps you exceed this goal.

DAY 23 CHALLENGE–BE GRATEFUL! Have an attitude of gratitude. Focus today on all you are thankful for. Take the time to list some of the things you are grateful for and sometimes take for granted.

What can your list look like? Good health, great family and friends, a job, a roof over your head, a vehicle to drive, the gift of being alive, your children, you get the gist of it. Being grateful or expressing gratitude does not mean just for material or tangible things. Go deeper.

DAY 24 CHALLENGE–ME TIME! Okay so let’s plan some time for you. Plan a mini getaway to spend time pampering you. You deserve it! Don’t just plan it though, follow through and actually go. We often put ourselves on the back burner. Let’s do a little something for us…a spa day, a day of pampering, golfing,  a trip to somewhere you’ve wanted to go but put off. Let’s do it!

DAY 25 CHALLENGE–BOUNDARIES ARE NECESSARY! Establish some boundaries. We know that if we don’t plan our time, talents, money, and other resources, people will do it for us. Set some boundaries. Say no for a change. Don’t say “yes” when you know you’re already booked or already have plans. This can be difficult but is absolutely necessary if you want to “do you”. Don’t allow others to make their crisis situation your crisis. You are working on becoming whole and saying no is absolutely necessary.

DAY 26 CHALLENGE-EMBRACE CHANGE! Change is inevitable. Sometimes we RESIST changing or changes, but today I ask that you EMBRACE change and recognize that we are stagnant if we never change. Everything changes–relationships, jobs, changes in locations or moves, et cetera. Stretch yourself. Grow. Say to yourself: Today I accept the fact that as I grow and change, others are doing the same. I welcome and embrace POSITIVE changes in my life. You ARE changing for the better!

DAY 27 CHALLENGE–LET’S GET SOME BALANCE! The word for the day is BALANCE. Today decide that you are going to have BALANCE in your life and think about ways you can begin to accomplish this. Too much of anything is not good for us. There is a time for everything–a time to work and time to play, a time to learn, a time to teach, a time to get, a time to give, a time to exercise, a time to worship, and a time to pray. I know many are workaholics and lives are totally out of balance. (Hands raised) Let’s begin the journey of having balance so that our lives are in proper alignment and we can live our best lives now.

Wow, only 3 more days! I hope and pray some are still going on this journey of jumpstarting and becoming a better YOU!

DAY 28 CHALLENGE–BREAKING ADDICTIONS! Suffering from any habits or addictions that are holding you back? It’s time to get focused on breaking old habits and beginning healthier ones. As an example, if you are addicted to chocolates, diet sodas (or any sodas for that matter), unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, procrastination, nicotine, alcohol, drugs, or anything that you know is preventing you from being the best that you can be, it’s time to address and implement a plan of action to replace the old with new, more fulfilling, healthier actions to help you be fit for the fight.

And it’s Sunday again! Attend the church of your choice today.

2 more days to go!

DAY 29 CHALLENGE: The words for today are CONFIDENCE and COURAGE. Go about today CONFIDENTLY walking in the knowledge that any of the challenges given, you can and will do. Be COURAGEOUS enough to make necessary changes in your life to become a better you. Be CONFIDENT that the Almighty that has begun a good work in you will give you the wisdom, knowledge and COURAGE to complete them. Now walk boldly in CONFIDENCE and COURAGE.

DAY 30 CHALLENGE: CELEBRATE! Yes celebrate the fact that you took the necessary steps to begin the process of becoming a better YOU! Understand these tidbits are just that and they work if we work them. I’ve tried to address spiritual, physical, financial, and relational issues. Now the real challenge is to continue taking the necessary steps on a daily basis to become the you that you aspire to be. I am rooting for you! You can do it!

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Beautiful embossed Certificate of Completion’s along with a special gift will be presented to the first 30 that responds that they  have taken this journey with me. Please send  your name and mailing address to info@regsbooks.org to receive your gifts. Please include in the SUBJECT LINE: I COMPLETED THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE.

Also include any testimonials as to struggles, deliverances, changes that took place during this journey. I look forward to hearing from you.

Each and every day during this 30 Day Challenge, reach out and encourage someone! So many are hurting. Be an encourager!

Thank you again for starting this journey with me. Print this and place it somewhere you can refer to it often or save this post as a favorite. Share it with a friend or loved one. Don’t forget…CELEBRATE!

Isaiah 53:6-8English Standard Version (ESV)

All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Let’s get back to doing it His way and allow restoration to take place in our lives, our nation, one person at a time. God knows we need it!

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Let’s face it, we have hurt others and others have hurt us. Is just saying I’m sorry really enough for restoration in a relationship to take place?

Think about it for a moment. You have that one person that repeatedly does you wrong and is quick to say “I am sorry”. How does that make you feel? I know that we are not to live on feelings alone so what or how does that help rebuild the relationship? Is it enough when you know it’s actually a pattern and the other party has no intent to make the necessary changes for restoration?

Let’s take a look at Mack (Fictional character)–

Mack is my brother. Mack has for years misused and abused and taken advantage of my kindness. Mack borrows and never pays back. He borrows money, my car, my other possessions but they never come back. He treats my house as if it’s his, bringing his friends over when I’ve clearly stated that it is unacceptable; eating my food, and just having the run of things.

 Mack repeatedly, year after year, tells me he’s sorry but he never takes any steps to right the wrongs or to stop the wrong behavior. So what’s happening here?

Mack knows I am a woman that loves God and family. Mack knows that normally I would give a person the shirt off of my back. He knows that I’ve allowed it year after year but what Mack fails to realize is that his antics have gotten old and no longer work.

What Mack doesn’t know is, as the song says, “Heard it all before but those lies ain’t working now. Look who’s hurting now. I had to shut him down.” That’s what he fails to realize.

So, Mack says he’s sorry. Big deal! Reality check: change or restoration takes place when people actually change. Otherwise it will never happen.

In order for restoration and trust to be regained in a relationship it has to move beyond mere words to actions. In order for total restoration to take place, as in the case of Mack and my relationship, Mack must be willing to right wrongs and make amends, not just in word but in deed as well. And I must be willing to let go of any expectations of his doing this. In essence, I set he and myself free in doing so.

Let’s be real honest people, if you are in a relationship that has and continues to be one-sided, the phone doesn’t ring unless the person on the other end wants something from you; the calls, emails, and texts you send to them repeatedly go unanswered and unreturned, then maybe, just maybe it’s time for you to reevaluate the relationship.

This applies to personal as well as some business relationships.

You send out invites to various things and those who say they love you never show up. They say they back and support you in your endeavors but their actions proves otherwise. Yet they say they love you. Love SHOWS up!

In my book: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?, I mention the fact that love is ACTION! Love says “I Act On” so if someone is not ACTING on what they are saying, they are talking loud and saying nothing.

There comes a time when we must sever the umbilical cord and move on. Yes, even with those you love dearly. Rest assured, if they are not willing to make the necessary changes for restoration to take place, you are doing yourself and them a huge favor.

Don’t wallow in what was. Recognize that you can only do your part. Appreciate the lessons learned and move on. Sometimes we hold onto what was possibly a good relationship at one time, recognizing that the dynamics have changed and it no longer is what it was and possibly may never be, and in doing so hinder the possibility of meeting and embracing the new–new season, new people, newness of life.

Now, if you’re Mack and you know that you have not honored your part in restoration, get it right! Quit telling a person that you are sorry and work on doing whatever you can to right wrongs. SAYING you’re sorry means absolutely nothing unless there are corresponding actions that follow this that SHOWS you are genuinely sorry and value the relationship.

A moment of total transparency: I have been Mack and I have been on the other end. Translation–I have said to some repeatedly that I am sorry for this or that but there has not been any changes take place for restoration on my part. So as I write to you, I write to myself.

There are some that I’ve SHOWN up for and others I have SHIED away from. So as I encourage you to get it right, I encourage myself to do the same. Believe this, there are SOME relationships worth fighting for and then there are others that one just has to let go of. Pray for Godly wisdom. Ask God to guide you as to which is which and then obediently obey His leadings.

Remember forgiveness is never optional. God commands us in His word to forgive. He does not state anywhere that I’ve read that forgiveness means going back to the way it was. Oh yeah, it says if your brother offends you to go to him and him alone…It also states that if we have any anger or aught against another, before we make our offerings we should go and attempt a reconciliation before presenting our offerings. That, according to my understanding, does not mean everyone is going to welcome and embrace you back or even want restoration.

At various stages throughout the years, I have mentioned to people my intent to move back to my hometown upon retirement. A few people said to me that one can never go back. It saddened me each time I heard it as I have always been told one can always return home.I understand what they’re saying as I believe one can never go back with the expectations that things remain the same after being away for years. People have built new relationships, acquired new jobs, aged, etc.

I still honestly believe that one can always go back home just with different expectations and recognizing that things are not and will not ever be as they were before. And so it is with restoring relationships. Don’t just say you’re sorry. It actually often offends the wounded party. SHOW UP!

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