Just Ask…

Moms, Aunties, Caregivers: Remember how it was letting your little one get dressed all on their own? You are running behind but you need to let the little one learn how to get dressed by themselves. And they can be quite persistent, right? They may have a tantrum or cry, but they are determined to do it all on their own. And you are standing there, patiently waiting (or impatiently waiting…), thinking to yourself, if only they would ask me for help, I could help them out.

Can’t help but to wonder if the Father is standing there looking at us, as we cry, tantrum, and throw a whole fit, trying to figure out our problem. We can’t help but to wonder if the Father looks at us saying: If only they asked for help, I could help them.

That pesky spirit of control can be such a hindrance to our heart’s desires. If we would bow to the Father and lay down our challenges, our struggles, and weaknesses, imagine what the Lord our God could do for us! Imagine if we simply surrendered and asked the Lord for help, what could be accomplished.

There is power in asking the Father for help. He is that patient parent, just waiting for us to surrender. He is that loving Savior who wants to see us abundantly blessed. He longs to be Lord over every inch of our lives. The Father is not here to see us struggle, when He holds the world in His hands. The Creator of the Universe is not in place to see His children forsaken.

Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Ask the Lord to help you finish that book. Ask the Lord to release healing onto that hurting loved one. Ask the Father to increase your finances. Seek the Savior for that new job.

Just ask…

Peace and Blessings

Re-focus.

We pray that you will re-focus. Instead seeing how numerous and massive your problems are, you will see the wonder of the Father’s works in your life. May you see how amazing and strategic the Father is as He orders your steps according to His Word. May you whisper the promises of the King over yourself as the lies of the world try to envelope you.

Our sister, may you grasp just how wide, how deep, and how long the Father’s love is for you! It’s time to re-focus on the Refiner. It’s time to put your eyes on Perfect Peace. It is time to focus on the Author and Finisher of your amazing life’s story.

Re-focus and see just how wonderfully the Father is working in your life.

Peace and Blessings

Dethroned: Insecurity

Did you see what the Lord said about you?! You are all together. You are beautiful. There is no flaw in you.

Let’s dethrone that ugly characteristic of insecurity, comparison, and that false sense of beauty. You are beautiful in every way because you are hand crafted by the Father.

Let’s not allow comparison to steal our joy. Let’s not allow the world to define our security. Let’s not think another sister’s beauty diminishes ours! Denounce the lies of Satan right now, he is the father of lies and incapable of truth!

Tell insecurity to have a seat, it has no place to sit where the Father desires to be. Tell insecurity that it will no longer have us compromising when our Father does not want us to settle for anything less than His best! Tell insecurity that we are defined by our Creator, the Lord God Almighty. Simply put: tell those insecurities to shut up!

When we are secure in who the Father says we are, we will combat those insecurities that lie deep within us with the Word of God. You are defined by your humility, your capacity to love, your joy, and your consistent choosing of patience, peace, and strength. Your security isn’t found here, it is found in God through Jesus Christ. Your self-worth is defined by what was accomplished on the cross and by Christ’s victory in the grave.

Sister, you are all together, you are beautiful, and because you are handcrafted by the Father: there is no flaw in you.

Peace and Blessings

Problem or Process…

Problems are annoying, let’s just be transparent about it! No need to sugarcoat it, problems are nuisances and they are something that we do not desire.

However, have we ever considered that problems may very well be apart of the process? In order to get to the desired location, you have to go through somewhere else. In order to grow, you must go! Think about being pregnant: the belly is growing, feet are swelling, and hormones are changing. There are lots of “problems” that come along with being pregnant: buying bigger clothes, preparing a budget for the addition, and the overall adjustment for the plus one. But isn’t the reward sweet, probably the sweetest thing you’ve known (outside of knowing Jesus, of course)?

Problems are a part of the process: the process of becoming, the process of growing, and the process of being stronger and wiser. Those fruitful attributes are not obtained without hardships and trials, the Word tells us so:

Problems can produce endurance, patience, hope and confidence. Problems lead us to becoming perfected in Christ. Problems are simply a part of the process. Problems can shape and mold you!

So we won’t deny that problems are inconvenient and bothersome. We won’t deny that we really don’t want to deal with problems. We won’t deny that problems are troubling.

But…

We will say that whatever comes our way, good or bad, will refine us. We will declare that whatever hardships stand it our way, that it will not overtake us. We will shout that our problems are not bigger than our amazing Father! We will decree that problems will lead to our victory!

Be encouraged, our sister, it’s all a part of the beautiful process.

Peace and Blessings

Bold Beauties…

Have you heard about the daughters of Zelophehad? You can read about them in Numbers 27. These bold beauties were at risk of losing their land due to their father’s death and the fact that he had no sons. They would have to give their father’s land to his brothers, their uncles. This was the law of the land at the time. Essentially these sisters bucked against the system and pursued the land for themselves. And long story short, they won and changed history.

Sisters, our boldness doesn’t end there. Your stance can change history. When we choose to stand against tradition, and pursue the will of the Father-we, too, can change history. We too are bold beauties! Maybe you aren’t fighting for your father’s inheritance but you see wrong occurring at your child’s school. Maybe you see injustice in your community. Perhaps you recognize outdated traditions in your church. It is time to stand boldly for the glory of God!

We are commanded to come before the throne of grace-boldly!

It’s time to stand boldly our beautiful sister and change the course of history and break the bondage of tradition! It’s time to walk right up to the throne to pursue the will of God! You are a trailblazer!

The daughters of Zelophehad simply wanted a place to live. Their stance received the approval of the Father. Perhaps He was waiting for someone to change the tradition of the times, He was waiting for someone to say “yes Lord, I will go!” He is waiting for you to say “yes Lord, I will go!” He’s waiting to you to speak up, He is waiting for you to have that courageous conversation!

The enemy will tell you, your voice doesn’t matter and he is a liar. Your voice matters and your boldness matters!

Be bold beauty, you can change the course of history!

Peace and Blessings

Dethroned: Fear

Fear cannot reign nor can it rule. Do you hear the Lord? Fear is not from Him. It can exist but it is not eternal. We all have something we are afraid of but it cannot have authority. Fear may be a natural response but we have supernatural power. The supernatural trumps the natural each and every time.

Let’s not give fear supernatural power, let’s not make fear an authority figure in our lives, and let’s not allow fear to sit on the throne of our hearts! Let’s be bold sisters! Let’s overrule the fear that tries to take root in our lives.

The Lord must be ruler, Master, and Lord over all of our lives. He is the One who frees us, He is the One who determine that power, love and a sound mind shall rule, and He is the One who has all power and authority in His mighty hands. Let’s toss fear at the feet of Jesus. No longer are we afraid! We are free-Hallelujah!

We don’t fear what will come: the future is in the Father’s hands. We don’t fear a repeat of our pasts: it is finished. We don’t fear our enemies: they shall be our footstool. We don’t fear Satan and His schemes: We, in Christ, have the victory!

Dethrone fear sisters! Let’s make sure that Christ alone sit on the thrones of our hearts and minds.

Peace and Blessings

Give It Up!

We can all think of an instance where we decided to just give up. We got frustrated, maybe we got distracted, or perhaps the task we were trying to accomplish got moved down the list due to life’s circumstances. Either way, we just gave up! Consider this however, maybe giving up isn’t a bad thing. Maybe the very thing we decide to walk away from will place us on the path to something better or maybe Someone better.

In Matthew 19 (and throughout the Gospels), we see how the disciples have given up everything to follow Christ: “Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” Matthew‬ ‭19:27‬

The disciples just gave up-their families, their worldly possessions, their fleshly desires-to follow Jesus. What will we forsake for His sake?

We serve a merciful and kind God, who knows that our children and spouses and families are the desires of our hearts. Perhaps He isn’t asking us to abandon them to follow Him, but He is asking that we abandon control and pride to follow Him. He is asking us to forsake ourselves for His sake. He is asking us to serve and care for our families from a surrendered place as oppose to a position of control.

Will you go even if your family does not? Will you renounce the Lord if your sister or your mother does? Are we willing to forsake for His sake? Are we willing to give it all up for Him: the satisfaction of our flesh, the perks of that promotion, that 20 year friendship?

The reward that awaits is so much greater than anything we can ever give up:

Peace and Blessings

The hiding place…

“There he came to a cave and spent the night in it; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings‬ ‭19:9‬ ‭

The Lord’s inquiry about Elijah’s location was more than physical. He wanted to know why Elijah was there. He wanted to know why Elijah was in hiding. Elijah recognizes the intent of the Lord’s inquiry:

“He said, “I have been very zealous (impassioned) for the Lord God of hosts (armies) [proclaiming what is rightfully and uniquely His]; for the sons of Israel have abandoned (broken) Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I, only I, am left; and they seek to take away my life.” 1 Kings‬ ‭19:10‬

Elijah was tired, friends-Spiritually, physically, and emotionally. His words tells us that he was weary, he was doing everything right and he was still dealing with strife and enemies. Doesn’t his reasoning sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself telling the Lord how tired you are? Have you ever ran and hid from doing what the Lord called you to do-because you were tired or scared? It’s hard to judge Elijah when we may have respond just like him in our weary state.

There was a promise awaiting Elijah and there is one awaiting us on the other side of our hiding place:

The harvest is awaiting you, sister! On the other side of exhaustion, on the other side of your weariness-the harvest is there! Elijah’s harvest was found in hearing the Lord’s voice, Elisha, and the promised remnant that was devoted to Him. The harvest was beautiful for Elijah and your reward is sweet as well!

Let’s consider the model presented in 1 Kings 9. The Word of God tells us that our reward is hearing the voice of our Amazing Father, receiving help for the task ahead, and a community of support. When we work hard for the Father, we can reap the harvest He has for us. We have to step out of our hiding place. We have stop hiding and seek out the Father.

Evaluate your location: What are you doing here? It’s time to come out and get your harvest!

Peace and Blessings

What’s in a name?

“Trust God to be God…” Author Unknown

Such a powerful message! We cry out how much we love God. We exclaim about how much He is our Lord and Savior. We shout about how powerful He is, how amazing He is, and how He holds the whole world in His hands. But then we try to plan, we try to “help the Lord out” by doing it our way, and relying on our knowledge and power. Don’t fret, it’s not too late to recognize the power behind His name! We can began to fully trust in the name of the Lord.

Let’s try it out this way:

Imagine if we trusted God to be God. Imagine if we trusted Him to be all He said He is! Oh how our worlds would shift! As you trust Him to be God over your life, you will begin to feel the foundations shaking! You will see the barriers begin to fall, you will see the mountains move! We will say His name, but will we trust in the power of His name?!

We know His name? Now, let’s trust in His name! He will not fail.

Peace and Blessings

Wednesday Prayer Session!

Father,

Watch over the sister reading this prayer. Lord, we know that You are our place of refuge and safety, please keep this amazing woman safe. Lord, she is yours-may You show Yourself as her Father. Lord, she needs You-may you continue to supply all of her need according to Your riches in glory. Lord, she has cares and concerns-may you give her the desires of her heart as she delights herself in You.

Father, may she fall in love with Jesus each and every day. May Your Holy Spirit continue to guide her in all truth and understanding. And as she tries to understand what’s going on in her life, as she tries to understand what direction you have for her-may she lean not on her own understanding, acknowledge You in all her ways, and she will begin the right path for her life.

Father, build up this amazing woman reading this prayer to be a powerhouse for the Kingdom! Continue to strengthen and protect her from the snares of the enemy. May she continue to seek Your face above all else.

May Your love overwhelm this beautiful sister!

In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.

Peace and Blessings