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Has it appeared you have been spiraling downwards for a long, long time? Have you  done the best you know how in life and still the downward slippery slope continues? Are you beginning to feel helpless or hopeless? Well, today I have some good news for you! God has given promises throughout His word that He will restore everything that you’ve lost and give you more than you had before!

Yes, after we’ve suffered for a while, God says in His word that He will restore the years that the locusts and the cankerworms and anything else has taken from us. In order to see this, we must return to Him with our whole heart, mind, body and soul. (Joel 2)

Do we have to go through sufferings in life? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. It honestly depends on whether these are allowed by God or come as a result by our own actions.

Let’s take a look at the lives of two people we are all familiar with. Let’s see the struggles endured, the promise of restoration given, and restoration actually taking place.

Joseph’s story

You’ve read and heard Joseph’s story countless times. You’ve heard how he went from the pit to the palace. You’ve read and been told of his struggles for many years. The betrayals, the false accusations made against him, people promising to remember him and then only to be forgotten until later.

Joseph was CHOSEN! The things that happened in his life were not mere coincidences nor a series of bad luck. No, they were planned and orchestrated before he was even born. God knew what would happen before it took place and allowed all of this.

The end of the story is Joseph reigned and ruled just as God had promised him. He was totally restored and placed into a position of power.

Job’s story

Job, in the bible, was depicted as perfect and upright; a man who feared God and eschewed evil; a man of great wealth with a large family and possessions and stated to be the greatest man in all men of the east. Yet Job’s life changed and took a downward spiral which lasted for a long time.

His friends and the people thought surely he was not the man of God who he professed to be. His wife even had the audacity to suggest that he curse God and die after losing their children and possessions and even the decline in his health, but Job remained steadfast.

Unbeknown to Job, Satan had gone to God asking permission to touch Job’s life and God allowed it.

If you read to the end of the story, you will see that after a season of testing, trials, and tribulations, God restored EVERYTHING the enemy had stolen from him and gave him more than he had before.

Jeremiah the Prophet

Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet, was anointed as a prophet to the nations before he was even formed in the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5). When the word of the Lord came to him, the first thing he began to do what to tell God what he could not do. God had already chosen him and it was a done deal.

Jeremiah went later proclaiming the word of God, sharing with the people what the Lord told him to share. Was he embraced and welcomed for sharing nothing but the word of God? Oh no! Instead some plotted to kill him. Yet, because of his calling, he continued to do as God led him to do.

The people forsook God. The people turned away and began to worship false idols. Jeremiah continually reminded them of their need to turn back to their first love as he was led by the Lord

Even through drought, famine, and other disastrous acts taking place, the people continued to rebel.

Let’s fast forward to Jeremiah 33 where God gives His promise of restoration.. Jeremiah tells the people that God merely says “Call to me and I will answer and show you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

God gave a promise that He would bring health and healing but there were conditions attached: Return to Him! Read Jeremiah 33 Did these ever manifest?

In the first two cases, we see where after the sufferings took place and because of their steadfastness, the promises of God manifested and restoration took place. The prophet Jeremiah was mentioned in these writings only to show that even through his obedience to God in merely telling the people what God had spoken to him to share, the people rebelled and insisted on doing it their way. You know the story.

God has given us promises of restoration through His Rhema and written word; promises of restoration. God has given many of us spoken promises of where He is taking us. As John Hagee stated, first comes the promise, then the problems, and finally the provisions.

The truth and nothing but the truth is, if He spoke it to you, it was already done. The process of going through is an often painful one, but God knows and often speaks the end at the beginning.

The questions I want to leave you with are: Has God spoken anything to you as to where He wants you to go? Have or did you answer the call? Has your life turned upside-down since hearing, receiving, and answering the call? Has your faith been tried and tested over and over again? Do you trust God in the good and the bad? Do you believe that ALL things are working together for your good? Are you swift to obey Him and His leadings or do you give lip service? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

The GOOD NEWS is GOD is FAITHFUL and after you have suffered a while, after you have endured the tests, after you’ve stood for what you believe that God has given you, day in and day out, God will SUDDENLY restore absolutely everything the enemy took from you and give you more for your trouble!

The drought and famine is ending! Only believe and obey.

Keep standing! Once delivered, be not entangled in the bondage again. Keep standing and holding to the promises of God. Your time of restoration is on the way!

Galatians 5:1King James Version (KJV)
5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

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This is Going to be the Best Day of My Life

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15

Yes my friend, THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!

The day that you make the decision that as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, will be the best day of your life!

Does that mean you will be trouble free from this day forward or immune to the vicissitudes of life? Absolutely not!

What it does mean is that you are no longer weighed down from the cares of this world as you recognize your Father knows you, loves you and approves of you…just the way you are.

It also means that you are free from carrying the weights of the world on your shoulders. He’s got that covered.

It means that you don’t have to be concerned about the fiery darts that come against you nor be concerned as to how others treat you. He has that covered as well.

It means that in essence, you are free; free to live, enjoy life, to be and to do you, knowing that as seasons change in your life, He will also do some changes in you, perfecting you to become what He intends for you to be…nothing more, nothing less.

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!

No longer wearing masks, no longer trying to retaliate against someone who has done you wrong (Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay), no longer keeping records of every wrong thing that has happened in your life.

Isaiah 54:17 states that No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

Weapons will form but that’s none of your business.

I encourage you today to know that you are loved, accepted, and approved by God and to make each and every day THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!

The weight loss has begun as we each lay aside the weight and the sin which keeps us from declaring the above statement; as we embrace our true authentic self; as we come out of hiding and boldly declare, “I am a child of the Most High God who loves me just as I am; as we no longer seek approval from man; as we embrace our uniqueness; as we daily surrender our will to His;  as we walk into our purpose; as we continually serve others in a spirit of humility; as we humble ourselves daily before Him acknowledging our constant need for His wisdom, guidance and understanding, we can and should declare THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY OR OUR LIVES!

Rest. Relax. Breathe. Celebrate. Enjoy. Acknowledge Him. Praise. God’s Got YOU!

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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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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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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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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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