Friday, May 27, 2011

Accepting the Journey

"Lord, how long does the season of suffering last?", I asked myself. Each day I go about my daily routine, I'm unceasingly asking the Lord to provide me with a fresh word that will comfort me in my anxiousness. Having the responsibility of being a full-time wife and mom along with work and ministry is often accompanied with a great amount of pressure. There are many times I might find myself overwhelmed. It's in those moments (of being overwhelmed) I find meditating on God's word and the desires of my heart to bring me a sense of peace. Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting back on my life and beginning to recognize that God has been with me all along. Through all the past trials and tribulations I have faced, He has been with me, giving me strength that will allow me to endure this present season. God has the provision for my life and never ceases to amaze me in all that He does. I have realized that God has been working in my life by proportions, considering my weakness and faintheartedness. It is God that holds the divine plan for my life and if I was never faced with these pressures I would not be able to sustain in future challenges. I am so passionate about my Father, because He is teaching me  humbleness in the most uncomfortable places of my life. This is my place of wilderness, where I commit to God's divine path for my life even though it is not the quickest route. God has allowed His strength and love to keep me from looking back when I encounter unexpected  dilemmas. 

It so happened that after Pharaoh released the people, God didn't lead them by the road through the land of the Philistines, which was the shortest route, for God thought, "If the people encounter war, they'll change their minds and go back to Egypt. Exodus 13:17 (MSG)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's Time to Move Forward

As I was engaged in my reading last night I came across a few scriptures that stirred something in my spirit. Exodus 40: 36-38 says, “But when the cloud was lifted up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on all their journeys; but if the cloud was not lifted up, then they would not journey further until the day it was lifted up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, but fire would be on it at night, in plain view of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”

As you look at your life, do you spend most of your time concerned about where you are ready to be or developing strength in the season you are in now? Due to the many unbearable challenges we face, we can be blinded from the powerful works of our Heavenly Father. When we look at this passage we find the Israelites would only journey when the cloud was lifted but remain where they were when the cloud was not lifted. I am pretty sure some of them could not stand following the cloud because they were never able to be comfortable.

Now this cloud represents the very presence of God hovering over His chosen people. It amazed me because to move when Gods says move and sit when God says sit takes discipline and obedience. We are a generation that demands to have things immediately only to find ourselves temporarily satisfied. God shows us here that his presence will dwell with us and satisfy us in every moment of our life as we commit to His ways. When we choose to move without the guidance of God we risk being left behind and sucked into an envious world, only to leave us lost and devoured by darkness.

While we are facing the facts of our current situation we must remember the God we serve will always provide a way and send comfort in our times of need. God's goal when He placed the Israelites in this strange land to be oppressed and enslaved was to bring them into a relationship with himself. He knows the plans for our future but He also knows our hearts. We are often put in strange territory to be molded and prepared for the journey ahead. Every desire of our heart will be fulfilled if we allow God to lead and guide us in every aspect of our lives. Through our obedience to His guidance, He develops us to conquer a rebellious world.

Don’t be impatient! Psalm 32:8 says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you.” Release your worries and concerns about tomorrow to God and be led in peace. It disturbs me when a loved one leaps into something not properly equipped only to fall w/o any strength to fight. Understand that it is the love of God that gives us the valor and vigor to face any storm that comes our way. So I encourage you to develop patience in this season and know that God is with you preparing you for your destiny.

Our God is creative and infinite. He has no boundaries for the plans that are in store for His children.

Monday, April 11, 2011

"Spiritual Wear"

Every morning we wake, we spring to our closets to find right outfit that will make us “POP” for the day! The outfit that will bring us many respects, a little attention from the men/ladies, or simply a boost of self-confidence to make it through the day. We make sure everything is color coordinated, right accessories, shoes, and that one last splash to make our fits OH SO SWEET! Majority of the time we have to make ourselves look our best to avoid the many whispers of criticism from our peers.
As I was doing my daily reading, I thought about how concerned we are about daily wear that we totally neglect our “spiritual” wear. The bible says in Colossians 3:12 (NLT), “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted, mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We spend plenty hours on our outer appearance and undervalue the importance of our spiritual wear. It is extremely essential that we care for our spiritual clothing just as we would anything else. 
I remember prior to finding that new life in Christ I was full of anger, bitterness, selfishness, envy, and several other sinful things that came along with being a part of this world. Now that my life is no longer a part of this world, I released myself from the sinful nature and put on my new nature. During this specific moment of my life, I am continually renewed as I seek to learn more about our Creator. The instant I had an inner transformation there was also an outer manifestation. 
It is amazing at how detailed we can be with our everyday outfits that only give people a thrill that we cannot take the time to invest in our spiritual wear. When you look at Ephesians 4: 21-24 (NLT) you find, “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let that the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, crated to be like God-truly righteous and holy. What we learn about Christ is the truth that comes from him. He calls his people to an entirely new way of life. We have all been set free from the old and called to live as Gods holy people. The time has come for us to begin filling our spiritual closets so that we can clothe ourselves in such a way that will reflect our new life in Christ.
Let us as believers remember not to solely focus on the daily look but to spend a great amount of time in dressing up spiritually. We must actively turn from our old habits and live in the new. Oh, before I leave you do not forget your “splash” of love. This is the one we are all shielded about putting on, but Colossians 3:14 (NLT) says, “ABOVE all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Please be mindful that your spiritual clothing means a lot more to your peers than all your other worldly goods.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

~ A Heart Delivery ~

Over the last few months while riding, I viewed a variety of several beautiful homes. They were huge with ample room and I began to wonder what if I could occupy one of the rooms inside!  Now we all know a home is our place of refuge where we dwell.  Homes should be built and furnished in such a way that we know when we enter that place we are protected in a place that offers us harmony, bliss and love. This is one place that allows us to feel safe and secure from all of the world’s demands.
As you begin to think about these homes, I want you to think about your heart. Your heart serves as your home and today we have beautiful hearts but instead of them being secured they are filled with much insecurity. Today, hearts are crowded with resentment, anger, bitterness, lust, hate and when we reach out for the things we desire there is no space for anything else.  Christ is waiting on an opportunity where He can reside in your heart. When we allow Christ to intervene in our lives, He is able to replace disorder with order and insecurities with security.
There are many astonishing homes around and although they are amazing, they are empty. New homes are often furnished with credit and several are incapable keep payments which forces them to sell items to pay off balances due. I was amazed when the Holy Spirit revealed this to me in regards to our hearts. We are trying to load our hearts with little happiness and success but in reality we are struggling to maintain people, jobs, finances, and many other things because we did not properly secure our hearts. When your heart is not secure, you cannot manage your desires because it does not have a solid foundation.
A heart should be overflowing with security exuding a confidence that draw others to you. People will gravitate toward a beautiful heart longing to have the same.  Allow Christ to offer you an unconditional love along with a peace that surpasses your own understanding. Remove the clutter and begin to make room for a new delivery. It’s time for you to seek a heart that is filled with an everlasting joy that is able to enjoy the many pleasures of life.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me (Psalm 51:10)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"God's Perfect Jewel"

Often times in our lives we as women feel broken. So many parts of our lives seem to have been shattered into pieces. I would like for you to take a peek into my life as I continue to walk this beautiful journey of faith. Although life may be hard at times you are still a Jewel in Christ. In times of struggle, a Bible verse that gives me much strength is Hebrews 5:8:

Even though Jesus was God's son, he learned obedience from the things He suffered.

As you look at this scripture, you can see even Christ had to go through suffering to be qualified. In order for a jewel to reach its greatest potential, it must endure being cut, shaped,cleaned and polished. Embrace the fact that you are valuable even in the trials you are facing right now. God has found a treasure inside of you and understands that the pressures of life are critical to developing the shape of your future.

Jewels come in different shapes and sizes and it's time to discover what God has in store for YOU!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

~Reach for the Top~

 As I was sitting at my desk on yesterday my mind wandered off to mountain climbing and I realized mountain climbing can be a very dangerous and fatal sport. Especially with a mixture of inexperience, poor planning and lack of sufficient equipment. To be successful, an individual would need someone that is well trained and experienced before attempting their first climb.

As I started looking a little more into mountain climbing I started to think about life of a Christian. Just as a mountain climber, Christians must be properly equipped on this walk. It is very important that one seeks guidance from an experienced leader that has experience and training for this new walk. Also, it is important to know what is involved and one would learn that by researching their Creator. Being a Christian is not always an easy task, depending on your season; it can be a real challenge, because even in making the decision of a new walk there are times you will want to give up.

There are many Christians that do not succeed, just like a mountain climber, due to lack of equipment and strength. One must become familiar with the main focus of this walk because it is very likely to become faced with many different challenges and if not in shape and not fully equipped it is possible to start feeling weak and fall. As Christians we tend to feel we can sometimes do things on our own and we know exactly how things should go. We must learn to understand the importance of a leader, someone that can guide you when you need direction and push you when you want to give up. Life can be a tough mountain to climb due to the many circumstances we sometimes face, but this is why it is important we study and research so one can be fully equipped with what it takes to push though those tough moments. We must recognize that our strength comes from the Lord.

Often times we want to bring too much “gear”.  Gear can sometimes be associates or friends that are sometimes extra baggage for this journey. It is not always noticed but sometimes friends can carry many distractions, unnecessary problems and selfish attitudes that can cause you to stumble and fall. Even in the animal kingdom, the higher up the mountain you go the lower the population gets. The same is true in our lives, the higher you go the lonelier it can get. The very friends that tried to follow and even wanted to follow did not have enough strength, stamina, and/or gear to go any higher. It is during this time you begin to realize that the horizontal relationships are no longer as important as your vertical relationship with the ONE above that will continue to pour strength into you as you strive to reach the top.  As you start to look back you will begin to recognize that you could not have done this alone which gives you an inner excitement to keep striving. So as you take that last look at your past it is now time to say good bye and move forward. No matter how hard the climb may get, don’t give up until you reach the top.

Monday, November 15, 2010

dying to Self (Facebook)

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient loving silence, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any unpunctuality, or any annoyance; when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured it, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any clothing, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the Will if God, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you can see your brother/sister prosper and have their needs met, and can honestly rejoice with him/her in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

Are you dead yet? In these last days the Spirit would bring us to the Cross. "That I may know Him being made comfortable to His death."

-Author Unknown

♥Trapped In His LOVE♥

Sitting today thinking about the love of God and the spirit began to speak….I want my people to be “TRAPPED” in my love. As I pondered on this, I began to think of a mouse and how it wanders from room to room tearing up things just to find that piece of cheese. In a home there is always that one place where a trap is set for that mouse to get trapped in with that block of cheese after destroying all the other places.

We as people we wander from place to place trying to find love but we look in all the wrong places. By the time we have found what we have been looking for and needing we cannot fully enjoy it because we have allowed worldly things to strip us from our true identity of who we really are. We take all these different avenues and interfere with what God wants to do for us. We are looking for love in fame, money, beauty, men, women, material things, people, music, etc. But God is that one place where you can be trapped because He knows it is the ONE place you can have everything your heart desires in the midst of all the pain life can throw at you.

God knows that once we are trapped in His love we can no longer drift into the dangers of life. His love protects us in so many different ways. This is a love so powerful it offers joy in the midst of pain, healing when we are hurt and so much more. The bible says that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore we should cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. So we can no longer give the enemy the privilege of stripping away our value. God’s purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life. He has the best trap and it will always be the “TRAP” of love.

John 10:9 (NIV)….. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

Romans 2:4 (NIV)….Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance