Current Portion, Future Promotion

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!…” – 1 Samuel 17:34-37 (NLT)

On this journey called life, we carry an invisible back pack around with us. There are certain things, (lessons, perspectives, testimonies etc,) that we will receive as a result of enduring our current season through to the end. For instance, whenever someone goes on vacation, they pack up certain belongings they know they’ll need for the journey ahead. Thus, by neglecting to properly prepare they’ll be unable to perform certain tasks efficiently. So let me ask you this, are you prepared for what’s to come by being a faithful steward over your current portion?Read More »

The Pro[missed] Land

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. – Isaiah 46:10

What do you do when your promise seems to miss the mark; when the circumstances you endure seem to contradict rather than align with what God spoke to you? We can learn how to victoriously overcome these encounters by taking notes from Abraham’s book. Let’s check out Genesis…

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Moving on Up: Hallway Chronicles

Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds — a great deal of livestock. – Exodus 12:37-38 (NKJV)

Moving is fun! Now don’t give me the crazy eyes, the moving part itself isn’t fun, it’s the new location and new adventure that awaits you… that’s the fun part! But it’s all fun and games until the process you’re enduring after the move causes you to regret the move… #lestruggle

This exact date and time last year my husband and I were moving into our own place after living with my mother in law for a little over a year. Mind you, we were staying with her because we thought the Lord confirmed that we would be purchasing a home. However, instead of moving into our first home we were moving into another apartment. (That’s another topic for another day.)

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That Detour Saved My Life

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle. – Exodus 13:17-18 (NLT)

Don’t you just love detours? You make plans to reach a destination at a certain time only to find out that you have to take an alternate route delaying your arrival? I commute to work everyday in Houston (oy vey), so I’ve had my fair share of detours and delayed arrivals. However, I’ve come to realize that detours are usually protecting me from something that could have been dangerous or detrimental to my safety and overall well-being.

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The Midas Touch

When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged Him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, He laid His hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.” – Mark 8:22-26 (NLT)

Ever hear the story of King Midas and The Midas Touch? Well if you haven’t let me give you a little backstory. In exchange for winning a war or whatever, King Midas asks for the gift to turn anything he touches to gold. (Great storyteller so far right)? He gets his wish and is loving the fact that everything he touches literally turns into gold. That is, until he realizes that he can’t eat or drink normally and accidentally touches his beloved daughter who turns into gold as well. Naturally, he comes to regret this decision and lives the rest of his life happily never after. The end.

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Brandishing Your Sword

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. – Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

Ever struggle to read the bible effectively? Ever picture studying the bible as a massive Goliath in your life that you somehow couldn’t defeat? Ever lose your desire to read the bible or just not have a desire to read it all? Join the club! So many people struggle or have struggled with meditating on the word of God effectively, including myself. So here are some tips and insight that can help you sharpen your “sword” and increase your ability to study and gain insight from the scriptures.

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It’s All In Your Perspective

 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:2 (ESV)

Now that we’re halfway through this year let’s make sure that our perspective is on things above and not of this world. Everything you’re going through has a greater meaning beyond what you see. When your focus is on the things of this world the enemy can use what you see to distract and detour you. Although we know that everything is working for our good (Romans 8:28), at times it gets hard to see pass what we see and look at things through the eyes of God.

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Encouragement of the Day

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. – Luke 22:31 (NLT)

If the enemy has to ask for permission to sift us as wheat (whether spiritual or natural attacks) we should know that when we’re going through various trials it’s because God has allowed it. When God has allowed a test to come our way, although it may seem like we’re at the end of the end, our current tests are only working for our good. (James 1:2, Romans 8:28)

So consider following Job’s example in Job 1 and praise the name of the Lord in spite of your current circumstances. Don’t complain, push pass the pain!!

Peace and love.

Even WHEN I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me…. – Psalm 23:4 (NLT)

What’s On Your Mantel?

 All right then, Joshua said, destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel. – Joshua 24:23 (NLT)

Most times, people place treasured items or special trophies onto their mantle,  (a shelf or outside covering of a fireplace) symbolizing an accomplishment, value or a source of pride. Now I’m usually not much of a fireplace person and most times I’d rather opt out of having a fireplace in a home or apartment. But depending on the layout, if I had the choice of having the fireplace with the symmetrical built-ins, then hey you’ve got yourself a deal! I mean the fireplace, is the heart of the home, so why not go for the whole nine, right? But just like the mantel is the heart of most homes and showcase our most prized possessions in the natural realm, so are our hearts and minds in the spiritual realm. So I dare to ask you, what’s on your mantel?

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