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 »
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
At times, we tend to grow frustrated when it seems that all of our good efforts are done in vain. As the time goes by and our circumstances remain the same, it becomes difficult to remain consistent in praying, fasting and seeking God.Read More »
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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Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing. – Psalms 34:10 (NLT)
How has your 2016 been so far?
I ask that almost kind of sarcastically because many have been perplexed at how tough this year has been, including myself. It’s been a series of tests, ups and downs and transitions that have knocked against the “tree” I’m striving so hard to keep rooted. (Psalm 1:3)
The struggle has been real since the clock struck midnight on December 29th, honey I’m not playing with you…lol As I mentioned in my previous post, my apartment was broken into mid-January. When I stated that 2016 was going to start with a bang I didn’t mean literally. (Le struggle.) My husband transitioned into his career mid 2016 and although we saw God’s favor reign it wasn’t the smoothest transition due to our lack of faith.
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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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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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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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For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. – Matthew 25:14-18 (NKJV)
Have you ever planted something? I’m NO gardener (that could change in a few years) but I can recall planting a seed in a cup in science class. Does that count?.. No…? Anyways, for my gardeners and non-gardeners alike, we’ve either seen something being planted or planted it ourselves. We’re able to monitor that seed until we start to see changes. One day it’s a tiny seed and the next it’s sprouted into something wonderful and beautiful, almost like magic. Isn’t that amazing?
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And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it. – Genesis 40:14-15 (NLT)
I’ve made quite a few posts on patience and waiting on God, not just on here but my social media pages as well. If you follow me on those pages then I’m sure you’ve come across quite a few of those posts. Can I just be real? The main reason why I write so many of these posts is because this is one of my major struggles! (I’m encouraging myself while uplifting others at the same time. What a great 2 for 1?) When it comes to planning and waiting I just can’t seem to grasp the concept. Not to say that I haven’t done well (I’ve grown so much) but I do find myself at this same road block every now and then.
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You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. – Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)
With one day left of 2015 I can look back and honestly say that God’s plan prevailed. This was a tough year because I had to let go of some of my desires and you can imagine that it was very frustrating and disappointing at times. But I’m thankful that even in the midst of my frustration with God and hesitation to comply with His will that He was and still is faithful.
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