Archive for the 'Faith' Category

Eating Elephants

May 25, 2015

This morning, I woke up (Praise the Lord!) and looked at video clips of people making their debt-free screams on the Dave Ramsey show. It inspired me, as it was everyday folks who made a decision, made sacrifices and kept their goals in mind for the greater good they wanted to accomplish. One person paid off $35,000 in a little over two years, making less than $40,000.

One man overcame spending time in jail for being a bank robber. You can view that amazing story here:

Finally, this woman paid off her house and gives God the glory for giving her wisdom

Mark 9:23 says, Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. In the passage, the boy’s father needed help with his unbelief. Believe in Him, and watch Him do it. There’s so much more to Mark 9, but that was a thought that stuck with me, to believe Him, trust Him at His word and have faith.

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Answered Prayers

May 9, 2015

One of the things I was thinking on this morning is how God will answer our prayers. I was asking Him about something in my life and He gently asked me, what did you pray for? And it hit me. It wasn’t that God didn’t hear me or honor my request. He gave me a glimpse of how He is in control and how the particular issue is in His hands. He just didn’t answer my prayer in the way I originally anticipated.

I’d liken it to planting a garden. You plant the seed. It may not sprout at the exact pace, or maybe even the way you’d anticipate it. That’s when you go to the Master planter and you realize, He’s planting something in a way that is greater than you’d ever expect. From there, the seed produces a plant. Even more so, the other bit of good news is that the ground is fertile. The seeds you’re planting are not in vain. With that in mind, He may move in a way that may not seem comfortable. Transformation from generational curses, bad habits, etc isn’t comfortable, yet it is necessary. Mindsets shift, habits and perspectives shift. He’s painting the Master painting. He’ll sustain you in the waiting season. He will continue to nourish you. In the waiting, there is preparation for His greater, both in you and in the situation around you.

God hears your prayers. Your faith is moving in a way that is greater than you could ever anticipate. There’s a harvest that is greater than you can ask or think.

B-B-T series pt. 2: Breakup

May 23, 2012

Hello! I pray that your day is going well today. This past month or so has been action-packed, as I’m in the midst of changing duty stations and getting settled into a new environment here in SC. After being here for three days now, I can say that I’m happy to be here. While I miss my folks in Ellsworth in SD, I’m believing that God is up to some great and mighty things. With that said, I’m super sorry that this post has been delayed which will continue the BBT series; the second part of the trilogy being breakup.

In the process of whatever is going on in life, restoration happens after a breakdown and a breakup. When you restore a car, many times you must breakdown, breakup and sand to get the desired result. As Hosea 10:12 talks about breaking up the fallow ground, many times God allows ‘breakups’ of various types into our lives when He wants to shift us. It could be relational, emotional, mental; essentially; we have to loose those negative feelings, ideas about ourselves and others and thought patterns that have us handcuffed. Many times, the only thing that separates us from the victory God has for us is our thought process and our unwillingness to replace old thoughts with God’s fresh word and promises.

Along with Hosea is Romans 8:18, where it says, for I reckon the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us. Breaking up that verse into three parts gives us a picture of how God wants to move. The sufferings that you’re currently going through are not forever, but are merely a setup for where God wants to lead you. The current trial you’re going through isn’t worthy to be compared to what God has yet to do; for He wants His glory to truly flow in your life. It is in His glory that you’ll find blessings of His love, warmth, grace and power that you can’t fathom or imagine.

In the midst of the trials you’re going through you have to keep pressing, because God has something so awesome and mighty for you. It is in the trail that you’ll come out as pure gold. The more you lean and trust Him, the more He will reveal Himself to you and build a relationship with you. But, you have to allow Him to breakup those areas in your life that you don’t want anyone to know about. You have to surrender everything to His will, and it’s in the midst of whatever you’re facing that you’ll find His love and strength that much more.

One instance in which I had to allow God to breakup my fallow ground, was in letting go of the past. There have been instances where I wanted a relationship to happen, but despite my best efforts, it didn’t. No matter how much I pushed myself, or tried to love, it didn’t work. It can be incredibly frustrating wanting to love someone who doesn’t want it. Looking back now, I can see how God has worked it to my good; I’ve learned more about myself. I’m in a place where I’m more at peace and more content. More so, I’m thankful that through the hurt and pain, God didn’t leave nor forsake me. As I’ve turned to Him, He’s strengthened me, encouraged me and loved me. The hurt caused me to seek Him that much more and has delivered me from finding validation in others, but rather, finding value in what He thinks of me.

I’ve come closer to God and have learned to be more content and balanced. But, I had to be willing to allow God to work on me, to forgive not only the other person but also, myself. If I’d held onto the hurt and pain, I would’ve lost out on the awesome, freeing power of forgiveness. While it’s an ongoing process, it is in the midst of the ‘breakup’ of whatever you’re going through that God truly frees and opens you up to His love to rest in, trust in and reflect to others. When I let go and honestly dealt with the man in the mirror and asked God to help me to rest in His love, it was then that He could begin the process of freeing me from that pain. It’s my prayer that you do the same. Turn to Him, trust in Him, and allow Him to reflect His love to you.

B-B-T Pt. 1: Breakdown

April 30, 2012

My first car that I got was a ’95 Chevy Corsica. Along the way, my loyal steed has gotten in a few fender benders, and one of my goals is to restore it. With that said, I don’t just want to restore it to its original state, but I want it to shine, glimmer; be better than the original state I received it in. How much more does Jesus Christ love us and want a relationship with Him, greater than ever before?

When it comes to car restorations, one of the first steps is breaking down and taking apart the vehicle. Whether if it’s to sand, strip, etc, a breakup of some type must occur to gain the desired result. As we go through life, you’re going to face various trials, tough times and challenges, breakdowns if you will. In Romans 8:18, it says The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.” For God to get the glory out of our lives, we have to go through sufferings. For us to truly know Him, we have to go through things that push our comfort zone. We have to be willing to press through so that God can reveal Himself. In this scripture, there’s a condition: for the glory to be revealed, we must go through. Shall infers a future tense, meaning we may not see how God is going to show up in our present struggles. But, please believe, God is going to do it.

Many times, we don’t see the struggles, the hurts, pains, and difficulties in the proper perspective. So many times, we become overwhelmed and lost in the struggle and lose sight on the One who is constantly there. One of the Elders in my home church, Elder Harvey, taught on how in life we get caught in fog experiences. We get shrouded, often not knowing how we get caught up in different situations. But in the midst of the fog, God’s love, strength, peace and joy is waiting to reveal itself to you.

The question becomes then, are you looking for your true source of strength in the midst of the storm? Or, are you so caught up in looking at what’s trying to rattle you, that you lose sight on the one who will guide you? When Jesus faced the death, burial and resurrection, there was much more at stake than just the lives of those around Him. That same power exists today, and is ready to reach you right where you are. That same power wants to work in and through your life so that you may have a relationship grounded in His selfless love, grace and unmerited mercy. That same power is the fuel for the restoration of you and I to be able to experience Him afresh, in a new and mighty way, each and every day; no matter what is facing us as long as we turn to Him.

 

A new mini-series: BBT

April 28, 2012

Hola, everyone! I recently went back home to NC and while I was there, I was able to teach Sunday school. The lesson the Lord gave me was entitled It is Finished: I am the Restorer. Different things can occur in your life. Different hardships, pain, perceived setbacks, frustrations, fears. But, the thing to remember is the One who is bigger than it all. You can cast your cares upon Him, you can turn to Him, you can rest in Him. In the midst of whatever is going on, even if you’re having an awesome day or not so much, God is right there. In the midst of trials and life, God wants to have a relationship with you.

I recently watched a Charles Stanley message where he taught on going through the peaks and the valleys. As my dad has taught over the years, it’s through those peaks and valleys that a relationship with Jesus is built. We don’t want to go through pain, we don’t want to go through those trials but God wants to use it all for us to know Him better, to experience Him more and for us to realize His love for us that much more.

In the midst of the trials, we go through three stages that fits with a lovely acronym of BBT. No, not the bank BB&T, and no not Michael Jackson’s tune PYT 🙂 You go through periods of BBT: Breakdown, Breakup, Testimony. Lord-willing, I’ll post the rest of this a little later. I hope that your day is going well, and hopefully, this blesses you!

The Powa! of Prayer

March 21, 2012

Something I’ve been thinking on as of late is building an intimacy with God. One of the ways to accomplish that is through the powa! aka power, of prayer.

1. Prayer helps you meditate on the Lord, rather than the problem.

2.  Through prayer, the Lord gives direction.

3. You are then empowered to complete His will.

When you take your eyes off of any given problem, and place your focus on your source, you’re on your way to breakthrough. As you turn your focus to your source, Jesus will help give you direction no matter the circumstance that you are facing. As we turn to Him, we can begin to find that we connect with His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. We meditate on His word, His promise specifically made to us at any given moment and circumstance, and it’s in that place that He will empower us as overcomers. Through the trials and valleys, we get to know His nature, His mercy and grace that much better. Don’t run from the problem, but run to your source.

Faith!!!

February 28, 2012

Mark 9:23 says, Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. One of the things I’ve been thinking on lately is faith and stepping out on it. I’ve been asking myself, with the different strengths I have, how can God best use me? Even with my weaknesses, the bible says that His grace is sufficient, and His strength is made perfect in my weakness. If that is true, then that means even in my weak moments I can still step out in faith and watch God move.

One area I’ve been thinking on is being content while being single. One day, I’d like to be married. But, in the midst of this current season, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Lord-willing, there are friendships to build, poems to write, pictures to take, days to take off,  sweet teas to drink, lessons to learn, ham sammiches to eat and chances to grow.  Business-wise, I’m actively seeking knowledge to arm myself to step out in God-given opportunity. In the midst of disappointment, I’m seeking to learn from it and keep moving forward. In regards to self-improvement, I’m learning to trust and thank God that He can use me despite my flaws; that He’ll correct and help mold me through them. Boom-chakalaka!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. That is a scripture that still gets me; faith is moving in what is not seen. For an analyzer such as myself, that can be a tall order. What does that look like to you? What would it take for you to step out in faith? What decisions are you in the process of making that will effect not only your current situation, but the future? Where do you see God leading you? Yes, every detail in life cannot be planned; but, you can ask yourself are the decisions that you’re making setting you up for where God is leading you. Do you really believe that all things are possible?

God has created you with talents, ideas, thoughts, feelings, strength. Even in the midst of dire situations where all seems lost, you can rise from the ashes with God’s help.

hola!

February 28, 2012

Lately, and ever often, I ask myself where I am vs where am I heading. Looking at old blog posts, poetry, etc; it’s interesting. I came to wordpress in an effort to consolidate a lot of the older stuff into a new home; kind of like looking through an old photo album. Sitting down and reading placed me back in the moments of the piece(s), all the while comparing simultaneously to where I am now. One thing that comes to mind is my desire to keep writing, keep pressing and believing; filling blank spaces with words of encouragement, love and hope from the Most High. It can be good to retrospect and look back. But then, there’s the next canvas to fill.