3 weeks ago I received a call from one of my adult children. They were out of town working in another state. I received news that there had been a lay off for weeks.If they did leave before nightfall they would have had to sleep in the company’s van; out side in freezing cold temperatures. As a parent I did everything in my power to get my child closer to home.I used up all my resources. However, I’m so thankful for their safe return and thankful to the Lord for keeping his promise to me.
That brings me to last week….I had to go out of town for training. I did not have the money to pay for my hotel. I desperately needed one due to the icy roads and bad weather that was forecasted. However, looking at my limitations; I started preparing myself to sleep in my vehicle if needed. Just as I was about to grab extra clothes and blanketsGod interrupted my doubtful thoughts. He begin to speak… “You did not let your child sleep in a cold vehicle…. why would you think I would allow you to? You are my daughter!” In that moment I felt his loving arms and comforting presence all around me. As I begin to weep, he reminded me that he was in control over everything! Yes, that includes the weather! I worshiped him with such admiration of who he is and how much he loves me! He is all powerful! He cleared the weather up that day and made my trip a safe one! I was able to drive back with no problems. He even had someone to bless me financially before I left home. What a mighty God I serve!
Verse of mediation: Psalms 37:25 (KJV)I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.
My son and I traveled for the first time last month without my husband. On my way there I came into congestion traffic that delayed me an hour. Consequently, I had to find an alternate route. All the while my legs began to shake and my hands started sweating. You see, traveling on a highway or driving in a new place always seems to make me feel uneasy. My son noticing ask, “Mom or you ok?” I assured him that I was ok. All the while the Lord kept reassuring me that I got this. Part of me was upset that my husband did not come. I knew if he was with me he would be driving and he knows how to travel on any road. Then God began to speak to me. He explained that it was all a set up. He did this so that I would learn to trust Him even in the unknown. He said that I’ve always trusted Him in familiar places, however it’s the unknown places that I struggle. He said when I have no control…. I panic. It blew my mind because it’s so true. (Lord help me!)
I’m in a place right now spiritually and physically now that I’ve never been before. It’s scary, but I know who is with me! I relinquish my control!! God I trust you when I can’t trace you!I know you will never leave my side. Thank you for your comfort and reassurance. Thank you for the unknown places… They create a pressure that helps me to trust you all the more!
Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsakeyou.”
My 10 year old son longs for the day he can ride in the front passenger seat. I explained to him that he must meet the weight requirement to safely ride in the front seat. Recently, I had to go to make a quick run to the store. Although though it’s only about 15 yards from my house, I decided to drive. Because my back seat and trunk was full of boxes, my son had to ride in the front seat. When he buckled his seat belt, he quickly noticed the light on the dash that lit up explaining that his airbag was off. He asked me why. I explained that it was off because he did not weigh enough. He then became concern and stated that the air bag may not protect him like it should. Of course I agreed and explained that as a matter of fact, if the airbag comes out, it can do more harm than good. Moreover, I thought about this from a spiritual point of view. So many times we think we are ready to be in a place or position, but not realizing that we are not mature enough to handle it. In other words, we don’t weigh enough “spiritually” to to handle it. I’m learning not to move too fast. It’s best to be still while God shape and mold me into his image and likeness. When we move ahead of God we can sometimes move away from his protection. Stay with him and be co-labors with Christ. Let’s get our weight up!
Verse of Meditation: Jeremiah 29:11(KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
My husband and I have been praying for the past few years that God would heal him from seizures. So when he is attacked with one, the enemy tries to make us feel doubtful and defeated. He wants us to doubt who God is. But I know God to be a healer! I understand God’s timing. I know the will of the Father is for my husband to be healed; and he will be in the mighty name of Jesus! If we allow the enemy to distract us; we will start feeling weary and hopeless. But I read in James 1:2 to count it all JOY! That means the good, the bad, and the ugly! We found peace when we kept our eyes on the Lord and we know that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Therefore, Saturday night when my husband had a seizure I responded differently. I went up in worship! I started thanking God for his goodness and his mercy!
Trust God and take him at his word! He is a God that can’t lie! I dare you to confuse the enemy with your praise and worship. He desires to sift you as wheat(Luke 22:31) …..BUT God! In Christ Jesus you have the victory!! 🙌🏾
Verse of Meditation: James 1:2-3 (KJV). My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Anyone who knows me, know that I can’t see well when it’s raining hard or when it’s dark. So that’s exactly how my morning started off. As I headed to work, the rain came down extremely hard causing me to have to pull over. I contemplated for quick minute about turning around and going back home. But something would not let me turn around. Instead, I pulled over for a few minutes then continued on my route. It was scary for me because all I could see was the white lines on the highway. However I proceeded slowly. About ten minutes later the rain stopped and the road was clear again. I was able to get to work… and might I add, I was on time!
What I’m I trying to say? I’m saying to you that no matter how scary or cloudy it gets on this journey called life, slow down if you must, but never turn back! God is with you and he is removing all stumbling blocks out of your way. Even if you have to drop to a slower speed than you are use to going, I encourage you to keep going! I serve a God that will collapse time and make sure you arrive on time!! He is mighty!
Verse of Meditation:Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for theLordyour God is with you wherever you go.”
I have this comfortable habit of wearing big boxers shorts and jogger pants around the house. Recently, I needed to run outside and quickly get somethings out of my car. Before I went outside, I grabbed the first pair of joggers that I could get my hands on. Later that day, my husband walked in the kitchen while I was washing dishes. He asked in surprise, “Are those my pants that you have on?” I looked down at myself and laughed. They looked so funny on me. To add, they just didn’t fit me properly. They look better on him. As I explained to him why I had put them on, a quick revelation came to mind.
I thought back to many times I have tried to take on his role as a man. I have worn his pants several times during our marriage, resulting in him feeling less than a man. For example; If he did not move quick enough to handle things, I moved for him. My job is to NEVER wear his pants. My job is to wash, clean, and press them so they will look good on HIM. In other words, be his help mate and trust God to finish making him a man, father and a great husband.
Verse of Meditation: Ephesians 5:24(NIV)Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
This weekend one of my sisters came over to get her hair done. As I trimmed her hair, she said something that shook my spirit. She said “EVERYTHING THAT IS DEAD… CUT IT OFF!” Now that I think about it….. it’s how she said it and she meant it! See, you have to know that my sister is on a healthy natural hair journey. She don’t just want long hair.. she wants HEALTHY long hair. Her hair is so beautiful that no matter her hair style; it’s captivating to just see her walk into a room! Not only is hair beautiful, but she is beautiful inside and out!
What she said ministered to me. I thought to myself, I don’t want to just be Holy. I want to be WHOLE and HOLY! EVERYTHING THAT IS DEAD I want God to cut it off!! I want to produce more fruit. When I come and go I want people to to be captivated by the love of Christ and be drawn near to him. Search me Lord and show me.. ME! I’m NOTHING without you. I can be a mess at times! Help me to be honest with you about where I am. Help me to remain naked before you! Thank you for always LOVING ME!! Most importantly…Jesus you be glorified in my life!!!!
Verse of Meditation: John 15:2-6 AMPC
Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.