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Questioning Your Trials

All that the enemy has planned and plotted against you is a setup for God to bless you in ways unimaginable to the human mind! Yes, you my friend, have been SET UP.

Let’s take a look at a story in the bible where it shows just that. Let’s take a look at the life of Mordecai.

Mordecai, as many bible readers know, was the adopted father and actual cousin of Esther, who later became Queen over 127 provinces. He was of Jewish origin and thought by some; one in particular; Haman, to be worthless and disrespectful to the point that Haman was plotting his demise.

Haman went to his wife and friends who told him what he should do to Mordecai…he planned to hang him.

Little did he know that the wheels of change were already in place: He did not know that Esther had spoken to the King with her request for he and Haman to dine with her. He did not know that the King was having a restless night and while awake he reviewed the book of chronicles realizing that Mordecai had helped spare his life. He did not know that the King was thinking about rewarding Mordecai for his deeds which had gone unrewarded.

No, Haman did not know what was ahead.

Let’s look at the setup here: While Haman was plotting Mordecai’s demise by hanging him; the King was planning His reward!

To add insult to injury, the King asked Haman what should be done for someone who had gone unrewarded; for someone he would like to honor. Haman, just knowing the King was referring to him, gave him great details as to how one should be rewarded and he ended up having to march Mordecai through the streets, in all of his finery, proclaiming “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor.” Wow!

You may feel that all you’ve gone through has gone unnoticed. You may think that your good deeds will never come to the forefront. You may believe that your work and/or living has been in vain. I tell you it was a SETUP!

You see God is looking and taking notes of all that’s been done; all of the hurts, pains, disappointments, letdowns: He’s taking note and He will reward you just when you least expect it.

Those planning your demise obviously do not know that God is keeping record. They don’t know that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, who put Him first, who serve Him, who is willing and obedient, who loves him.

Those that have planned your demise do not know the God you serve, otherwise they never would have planned and plotted against you. You see His word says to “Touch not mine anointed nor do my prophet no harm.” Wow, if only they knew.

To finish the story, after Haman had walked Mordecai through the streets; after he had dined with the king and Esther, he realized that his life was on the line. He literally begged Queen Esther to save his life, but the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai was used to hang him.

Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord: I will repay!

Don’t be concerned about the things that have or are taking place in your life. God is looking and recording every act, every deed, every thought…God’s got you! While you are being the best that you can be, serving God, serving others and doing as the Holy Spirit leads you to do; know that what the enemy has meant for evil, God means it all for your good.

It’s a setup I tell you. You, my friend, have been SETUP for humongous blessings and they are about to rain down on you.

Keep doing as God leads you. Keep giving. Keep being obedient. YOU WERE SET UP! Your blessings are about to rain down on you–pressed down, shaken together, and running over.

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As I pondered on some of the reasons things had not gone as I had hoped in my life, one thing resonated within and this may possibly be the thing that keeps you from succeeding…I was double-minded! Yes, and we know the word says a double-minded person is unstable in all their ways. Before you crucify me, allow me to explain and you may just see yourself in this.

Throughout the years, I have vacillated back and forth between staying on a job which provided comfort while pursuing my businesses and ministry. For awhile this was okay as in going through the various stages of learning it was absolutely necessary to continue doing both BUT the season ended a while ago and yet I still tried to hold onto my good job, my comfort zone, and pursue my purpose at the same time. It didn’t work. Torn between two lovers.

And things got worse on both.

God graced me for a season to be able to do both effectively but after that season was over I could not and would not let go.  I was mediocre in both and hated that. I was also extremely exhausted and frustrated because things were not happening.

He gave me the strength that was needed for that season. I was like Jonah when the season ended: God said “go” and I said “no”.  But, I got turned around

You might ask what stopped me. I’ll tell you– it was fear of letting go of what was familiar, wanting to stay around the people I grew to know and love and because of this I ended up exhausted, not being fully effective or efficient in either of the jobs I was doing. Still, I held on.

It was my having my plan and trying to make my plan happen and not surrendering 100% to His plan.

Before you say “You? You’re a woman who talks faith all the time!” Yes I do!

Yes, although I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but I was caught in the clutches of “FEAR”. Imagine that!

When a person becomes hungry enough for the vision God has placed inside of them and realize that we do walk completely by faith, then that person is ready to receive the blessings God has for them. We honor and show God that we trust Him!

God is calling many from their comfort zones into the walk of faith. Will you accept the call or will you hang up the phone?

Something else I realized by learning from the school of hard knocks: When one is not hungry enough, when one has “their” backup plan, when one does not aggressively commit 100% into their purpose, another cannot do business with them. A person must be able to deliver what they promise, when they promise and how they promise. If one has too many irons in the fire, too many options, so to speak, it causes them to put your business on the back burner resulting in your business suffering.

Why? Because that individual has to decide if they are hungry enough and going whole hog into their purpose. When that becomes their number one priority, then and only then, can one do business with them.

Okay, so February 28th I broke the cycle and left my good government job, the awesome and amazing people I work with and I jumped! Now I am resting up for a minute, getting some things in order, and moving forward. Yes, Lord!

Frightened a bit, but doing it anyway.

What if I fail? What if I win!!! After all, we are DESTINED2WIN! So failure is not even optional.

I encourage you to “JUMP” into your purpose. Don’t creep…JUMP! I am so glad I did and only wish I had been obedient earlier. Partial obedience is disobedience!

Now I can admit my shortcomings and as you look at the person staring back in the mirror at you, ask yourself–Do I really want it? Am I hungry enough yet? If the answer is yes, JUMP!!!

While we are on the subject, ladies, I said ladies, can you hear me? If you sit back and want that house cleaned and you know it’s filthy, JUMP up and clean it and repeat it as often as needed.  Holler!

If you want to rid yourself of excess weight, hit the gym or go walking or do something at least 3 days a week…JUMP!

If you wish for that degree, guess what? Wishing won’t make it happen…JUMP!

Consistency is the key!

Dedication, determination, disciplined, decisive, faithful, focused, fearless…

Whatever it is you desire, the time is now to JUMP! That is, if you really want it.

Men, you too! Jump, jump, jump to it!

I’m hungry and I am jumping like crazy…time for me to eat. I recall a scene from the movie BAPS where the male character is telling his lady (through tears) that he wants to be able to take her to a nice restaurant to eat and they shouldn’t have to sit back and watch others eat all the time (or something to that affect) and not be able to eat themselves.

Well, if you’re like me and tired of watching others eat while you sit on the sidelines, you too will JUMP!!!

If I fail, if I succeed, at least now I will live totally and completely as I believe. Holler!

One last thing, what if you jump and it does not work out? Will the people mock me? Will the people support me? Will I look foolish? Will I lose?

Reverse that: The people will support me. The people will celebrate me. The people will encourage and cheer me on. Those that are going to will; those that don’t really does not matter. Truth!

JUMP into whatever God is calling you to do. Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t vacillate between your plan and God’s plan. Just participate and surrender fully your will to His. Then you are ready to JUMP.

By the way, pick up a copy of Steve Harvey’s book, JUMP. I have it, haven’t read it yet, gifted a copy to a friend but I know it’s going to be yet another tool to help keep me motivated.

Have a great week!

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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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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.

 

 

 

Are You Ready for Accelerated Blessings?

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life that I might take it up again. No man taketh from me, but  I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:17-18

In the above scripture, these are the words of Jesus. As Christians, children of God, these words can and do apply to our lives as well. The bible tells us that greater love has no man than a man lay down his life for a friend. We lay down our lives but we also have the power within to pick up our lives and start anew.

So…are you ready to see acceleration take place in your life? Have you gotten tired of having your life on hold? Are you ready to see exponential growth in all areas of your life? Boy I have some good news for you! This is your time!!!

You can get unstuck and now is a great time to do so. You can see rapid changes take place regardless of what has seemed to be insurmountable odds against you–NOW!

You’re probably asking: What is the secret? Let me tell you the real secret to seeing an accelerated turnaround in your life. Are you ready? This answer may shock you. You may think it’s so simple and wonder how in the world you missed it all this time. Well here goes…get radically obedient in doing what you KNOW you need to do. Take that leap of faith you’ve delayed taking due to fear or whatever has held you back. Be determined that now is your time. Say words daily such as “Today I will_______” and follow through.

Walk the walk. Talk the talk. Decide it’s your time and then go after it with such gusto that the heavens open wide and blessings are showered down.

Let’s lose procrastination…now is the time.

You’re asking yourself, “Okay now is the time for what?” Allow me to answer that. Now is the time to stop procrastinating in doing any and every thing you need to do to better your life. Some examples:

  1. Suffering from obesity–now is the time to lose weight and become healthy
  2. Suffering from lack–now is the time to get that budget on track
  3. Church hurts kept you away–now is the time to go back
  4. Family drama kept you in bondage–now is the time to break free
  5. Desire to continue your education but you procrastinate–now is the time to do it
  6. Desired for years to publish a book or start a business–now is the time to go for it
  7. Aspiring singer–now is the time to get coaching if needed, get into the studios, attend functions and do whatever it takes to bring it to manifestation
  8. Harbored unforgiveness and have that “Somebody done somebody wrong song” playing over and over in your head–now is the time to let it go
  9. Aspiring speaker–now is the time to get coaching, get into Toastmasters, step up when opportunities present themselves and go for it. Now is the time to say “yes” to you and your dreams.

NOW is the time for ACCELERATED BLESSINGS and SUDDENLY’s to take place in your life. Now is ALWAYS the time. The blessings are for those that are both WILLING and OBEDIENT. You’ve sacrificed enough! The word says if you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land.

Reminder: You decide what it is you want out of life. You determine your purpose. And if for some reason you believe that your purpose in this season of life is different than what it was before, it is totally okay. This is YOUR life! Aim to please God first, then yourself and go for it. Don’t allow anyone to define who you are.

The wait is over…walk into your season of accelerated blessings!

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