Monday, October 31, 2016

Built on a Rock

Nice house, isn't it?

But we know that everything that glitters isn't gold, don't we? Just because something looks good on the outside doesn't mean it's all good on the inside. We have to consider the foundation. Any house built on sand won't stand. It has to be built on a solid reliable foundation. People are no different. It doesn't matter how good someone looks, we have to have a great foundation. If not, when we fall we will have difficulty getting back up. Having a foundation on God makes us more durable. Having a foundation on God means relying on Him (Psalm 18:2).

The Lord is my sure foundation. How about you? We have to be wise about this. For, "everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand", says the Lord (see Matthew 7:24-27). So I ask, what do you stand on? How was your house built? It makes a huge difference, you know.
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Good Measure and Running Over

I must admit, I have a problem with a stingy selfish spirit. 

It's my pet peeve. I don't like it when we're in a position to help someone and we don't. I'm not talking about helping leeches or people who aren't helping themselves. Trying to help such people is like running in water. You can't do it and you can't go anywhere. I'm referring to us helping people who are helping themselves to do better. Those of us who can help in some way, it doesn't matter how big or small, should do so. Isn't there something each one of us can do for somebody at some point? Isn't there something we possess that God blessed us with that we can bless somebody with? It doesn't always have to be money. Growing up, my mother and aunt loved baking. They always had baking stuff around the kitchen and could whip up a cake in an instant. So guess what people often got from them? Yep, you guessed it, tasty cakes and pies too. Russell Wilson, the professional football player, blesses people by going into hospitals and visiting with them. I'm sure it goes much further, but he's using his time and probably his money, and that's awesome. 

Each one of us can add quality of life to somebody. We can give something and when we do that God will ensure we're blessed even more than we are already. Giving is a great thing and the Lord loves a cheerful giver. His word says, "give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).

That's great isn't it? 
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mourning into Dancing

Psalms 30:11/12 says, "you have turned for me, my mourning into dancing, you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. Oh Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!"

That was David talking to God. You see, although David was anointed, he also went through a lot. He suffered through bad decisions (1 Samuel 11), jealously and hatred (1 Samuel 19). Yet, he never gave up. Even when his people (the men who followed him; the ones who were under his military command) wanted to kill him (1 Samuel 30:6), he encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord. And God turned his weeping and mourning into dancing (ie, joy, success, and gladness), literally and figuratively. 

Those are some examples of the ways we can do the same. One of the many extraordinary things I love about the bible is that God leaves us with so many ways we can draw strength and hope. The bible lets us know we're not alone in our struggles and that there were many before us (and who will come after us) who made it through. It's a great resource for life strategies. 

And it's further proof that weeping (and mourning) may endure for a little, but trust and believe, your dancing (joy) is coming. Stay with Jesus Christ and you will have everlasting strength.
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Friday, October 28, 2016

The sun and The Son


"The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there'll be sun." 

I think most of us know those are some of the lyrics from the Broadway play (and movie), Annie. Annie is the fictional story of a girl named Annie who starts out in a bad way regarding her family situation. She lives in an orphanage and is treated harshly by the woman who runs it. I could only imagine what a trying time that is for Annie. The loneliness of not having a family along with the uncertainty of a great future. Yet she doesn't give up hope. She ends up getting adopted by a loving wealthy family who falls in love with her. Finally, her joy comes at last. Didn't she say the sun would come out tomorrow? 

We have to speak that thing. Speak what we want in the atmosphere. There's power in that. There's faith in that. Say what you want or sing it. Just get it out there. When we speak it, we're more liable to walk it out. 

Thus, I'm here to remind you that the sun will come out tomorrow, because joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5b). So if you're faced with a challenging situation, I understand. And I've come with good news that things will get better. And your situation is temporary. Believe it -- believe in the sun as you would believe in the Son, Jesus Christ. Then watch how He turns your challenge into triumph.

Just continue to speak faith, then watch for the sun, then watch for the Son.  
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

So, you really think you're down with me? Really?

"Don't let anybody reign with you who didn't suffer with you" (TD Jakes).

I was listening to one of TD Jakes' electrifying sermons and that is what he said. It resonated with me. When you go through some things and people see that you've weathered the storm, that you've come out on the other side, then they come around again. But the devil is a liar, yet again. Be careful of the people who want to chill with you after the valley. After the fire. After the treacherous crossing over the dangerous terrain. After all the hurt, pain, and trauma. What I usually say to the people who come around after the dust has settled, is very little. My guard is up. I'm wondering what they want. Why are they coming around now? Where were they when the surreal "am I really living this" was present? Where were they when I was living a hellish nightmare? Where were they when I needed someone to talk to? Where were they when I thought I was going to lose it? Where oh where? 

Although I don't wish them any ill feelings, I certainly don't count them anywhere close to my inner or outer circle. They best not even come around it. They should look from a distance -- a long one. At this point in my life I'm better, because of all I've been though and I'm far from bitter, because of the God who lives inside of me. I'm much smarter and not the naive person I used to be. But my position is resolute that me rolling with them is not cool anymore. I still have love for them, but that's pretty much where the buck stops. Like Will Smith said, 'if you weren't part of my struggle, you're not down with my success.' It's a simple philosophy. It's one of those situations where you now know who your real true wake-them-up-at-3am-to-talk, friends are and they talk to you freely like it's 3pm. They are there for you during the good and the bad. Yes, those are the ones who are really down for me and me for them. So, yes I'll stick with my iron-clad friends, because "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).

The lesson here is this: in life, circumstances change, people change, and places change. And we have to be ok with that.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Row!

Don't just sit there when you can move. 

Why? Because faith without putting some effort behind it, is dead (James 2:14-26). Nothing will move in our lives if we don't move. 

God didn't just create us to wait around for something to happen. He created us to make it happen. Remember, we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength (Philippians 4:13). We can't just stand around and hope upon hope that our chance may just come around. We may be waiting forever. It amazes me when we say we are faithful that God is going to do something, but we don't make a faith move. Nothing. We just sit there like a bump on a log. Although I am far from achieving all that God has for me, I had to bust a move to get something going. I had to finally sit down at my laptop and start writing in order for progress to happen. Did I know exactly what I was going to write? No, but as a result there's momentum, albeit it, slow. 

Not much would have happened had I not started this blog. There would be no ebooks, no In Sharon's Heart social media, and no encouragement for people. There would be none of that, because I would have still been laying on the couch talking a good game. But today God is ensuring there is much more, because I went out on faith and I trusted Him. Yet, at the same time I still have to "wait" on His timing. 

Ut oh, did I say wait? Yep, I sure in fact did. I'm not talking about the lazy wait. I'm talking about the tarrying wait. There's a big difference. Tarrying means works, it means making some positive motions to go forward. It means getting off the couch or out the bed and starting something. It doesn't matter how small. Tarrying means we do our part and God does His part. It means not giving up. It means giving God something to work with. It means using those oars to row! until you get to the shore. Take a few breathers then move on to dry land to continue on and never stop.

You got it? Waiting -- tarrying -- whatever you want to say, means using all you got to get all you want. It will not come any other way. It doesn't matter how much we pray, fast, and seek God. We need to put movement and elbow grease behind our faith. Otherwise it's simply hoping and wishing.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

First things First

"The reason our goals aren't achieved is because we spend our time doing second things first." That's what John Maxwell says in his book, Today Matters.

We waste a lot of time wasting time. Don't I know that all too well. You know part of my testimony. Laying around at night feeling sorry for myself wanting things to go back to the way they were. Sometimes we're so busy trying to go back to the past, trying to get back on top, trying to go back to the familiar, trying to redeem ourselves to the glory days. Instead of waiting on the Lord to bring us to a better place. Don't you know the Lord will bring us to a more grander more glorious place based equally to our sorrows? Yes, He will give us beauty for our ashes (Isaiah 61:3) and He'll do it right here on earth as it is in heaven. Yet, we don't want to wait on Him. We want to take matters in our own hands. 

But not so fast, first things first. Let's seek first the kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). It's going to take time. It won't come overnight. You know how it is. Like losing weight, it's going to come off, but we have to keep hitting that pavement and putting the right things in our mouth. Then it's just a matter of time before we're fit and trim again. 

Give it time and make first things first. Stay focused. Stay on track.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Be Open-minded

There are some of us who will never dip our foot in the water of uncertainty, much less both feet. 

We will only go but so far, but don't you know that's not living? That's only taking life to a certain point and going no farther. Let me tell you, God doesn't operate in us knowing what tomorrow will bring. Yes, we may claim it and speak it, but there are no guarantees that what we want will happen. It's all up to the Lord and what He wants. He can either want what we want or not, but He knows what we need. That's for sure. We can guarantee that much. So, by all means continue to speak things in faith. That's great and God can use us when we trust him completely. That's wonderful. 

Yet, what this blog post is really speaking to are those with overly cautious and extremely safe mindsets. The people who want what they want and limit themselves in thinking that if they don't get exactly want they want the way they want it, they won't take it any other way. Did you get all that? Ok, let me make it clearer for you. I know a person who is afraid to do just about everything. This person hardly wants to go anywhere or do anything out of his or her comfort zone. The person thinks there is only one way to do things and is closed to venturing out. She or he thinks great things will fall from the sky with nice tidy little bows attached to them. But God doesn't work like Burger King. We can't have it our way whenever we want it. We have to have an open mind to what God's will is for our life, not try to create it. That involves total trust. Total faith (Hebrews 11:1).

How can we get all God has for us if we're not willing to risk it all? No risk, no reward. We have to go into the deep and trust that He will be with us the entire time. He will. Having an open mind and allowing Him to work in our lives is paramount to getting what He has for us. If not, we will only get but so far and I don't know about you, but I don't want to live a life like that. I want all He has for me and I'm totally open to it. How about you?
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Mirror

Oftentimes we have to take a good hard look...

in the mirror. 

And decide what it is we see. We need to do that, because we have to face ourselves. It doesn't matter what we've been through, we can face anything when God is with us. We can't be afraid or ashamed of what is looking back at us. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, God has not given us a spirit of fear. He has given us a spirit of power, love, and self-control. That means we should feel great about who we are and be even more confident that we will become even better tomorrow. 

Your life matters to God and there are many people who need to hear from you. You have a story that will bless people, because you lived through it. Don't think for one minute that what you went through was for nothing. None of it was for nothing. It was for everything -- everything you're going to do for people through your life. Years ago my "midnight sadness" (or what could be called depression I think) was not only for me to have something to reference to help myself, it was for me to reach people to let them know they can get through tough times. The pain I felt after I lost my twins was not only for me to refer to and learn from, it was for me to tell people they can get through painful experiences. The other trauma I've had in my life (in my twenties) and other life challenges were also for me to look myself in the mirror and say, "I am worthy; I deserve the very best of what the Lord has for me; I will not put up with nonsense; I will get through anything, and I will fight to the bitter end to serve the greatest person who ever walked the earth, Jesus Christ. Thus, I am better, faster, and stronger, because of and in spite of it all." 

All of that means I am not afraid of the mirror and don't you be either. Tell yourself the same thing when you look at yourself, because there is nothing to fear and nothing to be ashamed about. Reread 2 Timothy 1:7 if you need to.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Found

You ever feel lost? 

You ever feel like you don't know what direction to take? Like you're all alone? Like nobody understands where you are right now or the challenges you're faced with? I'm here to tell you that people may not know everything about your situation, but you're not alone. As my blog description says (above), almost everybody is going through something. Yet we must not grow weary and give up. If you're tired, I know the feeling. If you feel as though you're taking one step forward and two back, I know what that feels like too. But I refuse to give up. I refuse to let the devil win. 

Our next move may be the blessing we walk into. That can simply mean walking out our door and walking into something different. That can be the day the Lord God decides He's going to reward us even more than He already has by His presence, all because we stayed with Him when others walked away. How do we know what day, hour, or minute that will be? We don't, so we have to be in it (God) to win it (everything He has for us). 

That's what happened with a man named Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). He wanted to change his life so much that he climbed a tree to get to Jesus. He did something different. And Jesus blessed him by visiting the man's house. He will do the same for you and I if we're willing to go out our way for Him. What tree are you willing to climb? Your tree may be different from mine, because we have our own situations and challenges. Yet, the one thing that stays constant is that Jesus is ready, able, and willing to visit us anytime we ask. Just like He did for Zacchaeus.

Just know that you're never alone and if you're feeling lost, it's never too late to be found. Jesus knows.
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Friday, October 21, 2016

No Condemnation


"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). 

If you're in God and His spirit lives in you, then you are covered. 

By His blood.

And His stripes.

So you're good to go. There's no condemnation -- no guilt and no shame. You're innocent. 

I don't know why my spirit is on this topic. I was deciding what to write and I came across the picture above and I thought about forgiveness. I don't know what the picture has to do with it. I guess I just sensed God in it and this is where He led me. Sometimes I have no idea why I write what I do and sometimes it's crystal clear. 

Nevertheless, today I'm coming to you to tell you that whatever is bothering you, you have to let it go. Release it. Give it to God for good this time. He will carry our burdens, because He's God and He can do anything at anytime. He is the most powerful spirit in the universe. If I knew of a bigger word than universe I'd use it. God is just big ok? And our problems, issues, and circumstances are small to Him. 

Read Romans 8:1 again. It says there's no condemnation. That means you have to forgive yourself, because the Lord already has.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Slate Wiped Clean

Debt cancelled. Mistakes and poor judgement forgiven. All of it has been wiped clean. 

You are free to go. Free to live a life of fullness. 

"God forgave us of all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross" (Colossians 2:14). 

All of it was left on the cross. He loves us that much. So your past errors, regrets, and misteps mean nothing to God. He will still use you to bring people to Him. And if He uses you, there must be something special about yuu.

Embrace it. You're here for a reason. 
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Never Retire

I never want to retire.

How about you? 

Imagine a life where you get up when you want, because you don't have to work, you want to work.  Wouldn't that be great? I never experienced that before, but that's the goal. I've heard about people who had regular run-of-the-mill jobs and when they finally retired it was as if their life stopped. I don't want it to be that way. I don't want to retire and sit around with no purpose. I want to have something worthwhile to do to contribute to the world and to help people. That will keep us vibrant and youthful. Don't think the Lord doesn't have better for us, because He does. We have to strive to do what He has for us and that entails us never having to really retire. And when He does that we shouldn't want to, because we'll awake to the next chapter of doing something else great. And that can be at any age. It doesn't have to be in old age.  

Needless to say, I just want to always be able to do the things I love, so it never appears I'm really working -- where I'm doing what I love so much I would do it for free. Those positions exist because we're the ones who create them. It's called purpose and purpose creates enlightening things for us to do. It's also called living in freedom and it's available to anyone who desires it. Keep it in your heart and believe God. 

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Don't Worry, Be Happy

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear." 

"Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?" 

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"

All of those words come from Matthew 6:25/26.

And apparently they clearly mean to be at peace and let God take over any worry or anxiety. There is no reason for that. Look, I used to live there. Mainly at night. I was a functioning depressed person, because my life wasn't going the way I thought it should and I lived in regret. Let me tell you, I refuse to go there ever again. It's a miserable place and it didn't help me or anybody else. At least not at the time. All it did was to add to my testimony in that I can now tell you not to live there. I can tell you it didn't add a single hour to my life. So what was the lesson? To help others. 

I choose to use it to tell others what not to do. There is so much more to life that wallowing in self-pity and grief. And I know many of us had life happened to us and I get it. Yet we must go on. We have to shame the devil and let others in on the light. The light of Jesus Christ, whose light shines brightly and whose spirit is hovering over the earth at all times. Absolutely nothing is happening (or not happening) by accident. Nothing is out of the blue. It's all the Lord and He allows what He wills for our lives.

"So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:31-34).
 
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Monday, October 17, 2016

No Fear, No Shame

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth..." (Isaiah 54:4). 

That means the Lord God has got you covered. What you did one second ago and even way before that, doesn't matter to God. Once you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9/10), the slate has been wiped clean and you are now covered under His blood,  covered by His grace. Yes I know that Isaiah is in the Old Testament, but guess what? God is still a God of forgiveness and redemption. He loved His people then and He loves us now. Forgiveness is freedom and God has already forgiven you. What you did or didn't do is not a problem for Him. And what you said or didn't say doesn't concern Him. He doesn't use our mistakes against us. So there is nothing to fear and there is no shame or condemnation to those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). 

Hold your head high and know you are marvelous and wonderful in God's eyes. Your past doesn't matter one iota to Him and it should not matter to you either. We all have a past and we have no reason to look back. It serves no purpose. God wants to use us now -- today and tomorrow -- the future. Keep that forefront in your mind and let it sink deep inside your spirit. 
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Peace is with You

"When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s ways, he causes their enemies to make peace with them" (Proverbs 16:7). 

Have you ever hear of that verse? Well, whether you have or haven't, we should get used to hearing it. That way, when God blesses us and our endeavors, even the people who mean us no good will find themselves helping us. It may surprise you and that person, but it is no surprise to God, because He set it up that way. 

In other words, there is no need to get distracted by the obstacles and roadblocks that may come your way. There is no need to be bothered by the people who hate on you even though you did nothing wrong. There is no need to pay any attention to the negativity that may try (operative word) to penetrate your progress. Don't let none of it rattle you, because those are enemy spirits that have come to steal, kill, and destroy your joy and happiness. Not so, says the Lord. Such a spirit will not take root or take hold. You have come too far and you will go much further. The enemy will have no choice but to make peace with you and your endeavors, because God is in charge of it all. 

You can rest easy in knowing that no weapon formed against you will ever win or prosper (Isaiah 54:17). It will never magnify. It will fall to the ground and wither like the little coward spirit from whence it came. 

Stay focused, because peace is with you wherever you go.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Thankful for the "Little" Things

My family & close friends have always known I value the "little" things people do for people. 

Lots of little things become big things. They make an impact, they mean something, and they can even change lives for the better. Saying and doing positive "little" things for people is never overrated. We never know what others need in life and any good little thing can help. It can brighten our day and lift our spirits when we need it most.

That's how I felt after people took a few seconds out of their lives to type a few words of happiness, to dial 10 digits of joyfulness, and to drive a few miles of gladness. All to wish me well by saying loving words of kindness on a day I really needed it. 

Sometimes even the encourager needs encouraging. And even though I have most assuredly mastered the ability to encourage myself like David did (1 Samuel 30:6b), there's no doubt I need external support. We all do. We need the things we can't give ourselves. All of us need certain things from certain people, because we are not everything. One of the reasons the Lord put us on the earth was to fellowship and encourage each other. So I have no problem saying that just as certain people need me, I also need them. I wouldn't be who I am if it were not for the people God has placed in my life. Those people are on social media, in other parts of the world, and in person. It doesn't matter where they are, people are people, and we need each other.

Could you begin to imagine life without people? Without friends and family? Sometimes we say we wish we could just whiz through traffic without anyone else on the road, but we really don't want that. It would be a lonely existence. 

So, I wanted to take a moment via this blog post to say how thankful I am for you who are reading it and those who are reading it in the spirit. You may not know this, but you inspire me to be better. I appreciate your interest in who I am as a person. And I am thankful and grateful that God orchestrated it all for His glory and His honor.

Thank you so much.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Ask What I Should Give You

That's what the Lord asked King Solomon in a dream (1 Kings 3).

"Ask what I should give to you."

And guess what Solomon asked for? Wisdom. He asked for a wise and discerning (knowing) heart/spirit in order to discern between good and evil and right from wrong. He asked for insight and understanding. And because he asked so unselfishly and because he loved the Lord so much (at this point in his life), the Lord gave him all he asked for plus wealth and honor. God was so impressed that Solomon didn't ask for long life, riches, or for God to do away with his enemies, that He blessed Solomon abundantly. He had a meek spirit and God gave Him much more, because of it. Solomon was so grateful for the blessings God gave him and his father, King David (before David died), that he was willing to be inconvenienced to help others, so much so, that he asked for wisdom.

I wonder how many of us would have asked for that?
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

We Can Do Everything

I often talk about the Lord blessing us when we do everything we're supposed to do. 

Yet, I want to be clear about something. When I say, "everything", I use that term loosely (in the natural), because there is no way we will always do everything right. Every last one of us is going to fall short. None of us is going to get everything perfect. But what we can do is strive to do everything well, in the power the Lord will have us to do them in. In 1 Kings 11:38, the Lord told Solomon "and if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did, I will be with you and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you." 

Thus, if we want to be used and are willing to work at living a life of God, then He can work with that. What I mean is that God is not going to use a hot mess of a person who doesn't want to get things right and who has no desire to help others, to do His will. What I believe He will do though, is work with a hot mess of a person who is at least striving to be a work in progress, who has the right heart motives, and who goes to Him honestly and earnestly with their shortcomings. That's what He did with so many people in the bible -- Adam, Eve, Abraham, Sarah, David, Joseph, Jonah, Esther, Paul, the list goes on. All of them were flawed people who were able to do their "everything" in the Lord. 

Everything connotes having a heart for God.

So forgive me if I say "everything" too much, because doing everything right all the time is impossible. Yet, when a Godly everything (faith/trust) lives in our heart, it is not impossible to do everything (anything) through Christ (Philippians 4:13). And those are the people God will use to do, be, and go to mighty places. It's the people who know they are nothing without God that God will use and exalt, because those are the people with the most humble, meek, and obedient hearts. 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lifelong Learners

You know what it means to be a lifelong learner?

It means forever keeping our minds sharp, our bodies as fit as possible, and reading as much as we can. Those are just some of the ways we stay alert and vibrant. Age is nothing but a number and there are so many ways to stay abreast of the latest and the greatest. Remember how old Abraham and Sarah were when God did miraculous things in their lives? He blessed them with a biological son. Abraham was about 100 and Sarah was 90 years old. I don't know what that age would be today, but Abraham and Sarah didn't believe it back then, so point noted. We would think the same today. Nevertheless, they were willing and able to do what the Lord needed them to do in order to carry out His mandates. Having Isaac was one of them. 

Do you think that would have happened if they had a give-up attitude or if it would have happened if they weren't in good shape spirituality, emotionally and physically? Highly doubtful. They were lifelong learners willing to go the distance. And they were exceedingly blessed, because of it. Genesis 17 tells more about their story. 

The lesson here is that you're never too old to learn anything, to be anything, and to do anything. Stay opened-minded to learning. You never know what the Lord has in store for you.  
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Skyscrapers


Did you know skyscrapers are first built under ground in order to have a solid foundation? 

And that foundation is called its core, which sets the stage for everything that happens from there. Its cores has something called Cut and Cover and is "a method of tunnel construction that involves digging a trench, building a tunnel, and then covering it with fill" (pbs.org). So, as you can surmise, foundations are a big deal when it comes to withstanding the mighty forces that will assuredly come against those buildings. And "by clustering steel columns and beams in the skyscraper's core, engineers create a stiff backbone that can resist tremendous wind forces" (pbs.org). That's fascinating, isn't it? I love to watch videos on constructing things like skyscrapers and bridges and I love watching construction sites. The transformation is intriguing. 

It's all about that foundation.

In order for us to withstand those forces that will come against us, I have to ask the question: Is our foundation sturdy, secure, and solid? Because we're going to most definitely need one and it can't be one built upon sand. It has to be rock hard and rock steady. Matthew 7:24-27 talks about that. It says the following about building your house (your foundation) on The Rock (on Jesus):
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Just like the foundations of skyscrapers has to be air tight, so does our foundation. We have to ensure it is built on the the Lord Jesus Christ. That way, we will be able to rely on a foundation that will forever hold us up when those strong storms come.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

It's Possible

So, I was talking to a good friend of mine about what she wanted to do about an issue regarding  her apartment. 

She was having a hard time paying her rent and said she was looking for a cheaper apartment. She was praying that God would open new doors concerning that. Then I asked her some questions. I asked her if she liked where she lived and if she wanted to remain there. She said she did. So I asked, why she didn't ask God for that. Why not at least find out what God had for her? She agreed and we prayed on it. 

Anything is possible with the Lord. It doesn't matter whether we think it can be done or not. Once we've made our petitions known to Him and we've done all we can, then God will take the wheel. Thank you very much. 

What I'm saying yet again, is not to box Him in with our limited capacity. He's God all by himself and He's got this (whatever "this" is for you). If you believe it's possible, it's possible. In Mark 9:14-29Jesus made a believer out of the mute boy's father when he doubted whether Jesus could heal his son. He actually said to Jesus, 'heal my son if you can.' “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” And of course the mute boy was healed from his ailments. 

It's possible. Now, walk in that confident power as you get those words in your spirit that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13)Believe it. 
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

You're Going to Have to Fight For It

I do not believe for a minute that anything worthwhile will ever come easy. 

It's going to take some elbow grease, hard work, and sacrifice. At a minimum. 

And we should really want it that way, because more than likely, it will last much longer had it just been given to us. I liken it to the scenario of a man who goes fishing. That man is more likely to appreciate the prize after he's been out at the lake all day waiting and preparing for those fish than if someone were to give him a boatload. Would he take them if someone gave them for free? Most people would, but most of us wouldn't appreciate them like we would if it was our own blood, sweat, and tears. 

Suffice it to say that we're going to have to fight for the things we want in life. And we cannot give up until the mission is accomplished. "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through God who loved us (Romans 8:37), which means we can do anything with God on our side.

Keep Him close.
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Determined

This is a big world and there are lots to do in it. 

Have you made your mark yet? Will you make your mark? It's about that determination that lives inside of you. I know it's there.

And if you've been coming to my blog for any length of time you know I write about the fact that none of  us are here by accident. That's for sure. So all of us are here for specific reasons and one of those reasons is knowing our purpose, our tribe (the people who will "follow us"), and knowing our mission. Once we know those things, navigation becomes easier. Waking up to dreadful mundane Mondays and looking forward to fun Fridays would be non-existent, because we would awake everyday with a passion and a stirring to do something extraordinary. I'm sure just about everyone can imagine such a life. Well, keep imagining, because that's the life God has for us. We just need to go out and make it happen, because it's not going to fall out of the sky. We have to be determined enough to push through the crowd to get it. 

That's what the woman with the issue of blood did (Matthew 9:20-22) . She was determined to get what she knew the Lord had for her. She wanted to be well and she did what she needed to do to get to Jesus. She knew she had to be spiritually, emotionally, and physically well to make her mark in the world. We should be the same.

It won't be easy, but determination will get us there. 
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