The Path of Life…

Many motivational speakers will speak about the path of life. They will tell you that you make your own path, that it’s rocky, that it’s complicated, and that you are essentially the master of your own path and destiny. Unfortunately, if these motivational speakers aren’t speaking of or about Christ as they try to tell you about the path of life, they are sadly mistaken.

The first step in understanding the path of life is your vision. Where are your sights set? In order to understand or to even find the path of life, we must set our sights on the Creator of life:

If we set our sights on things above, we can learn more about the path of life and where it ends. It is the One above who will direct and order our steps. His way is the best way! Yes, the path of life may be rocky, but He guides our steps. Yes, the path of life may be long, but He is our guide.

Our feet must hold fast to His path (Psalm 17:5). Only in Christ is where we will be able to get to where God wants us to go! We must to submit to His will and His way. We must ask the Lord to teach us His paths (Psalm 25:4). Who better to teach us in the way we should go than the Lord Almighty!

You may be searching for the right way but with your eyes on Him, He will get you there! The path of life does not have to complicated if we simply trust and surrender to the Lord. Not only is your intended path crafted by God, it is for Him (Psalm 23:4).

As a child of God, you are no longer wandering aimlessly, you have an destination and a purpose. Your path of life will be for your good as you choose to be led by the Lord. Your path will strengthen you, be your testimony, and serve as a witness to the goodness of the Lord!

Peace and Blessings

The Breaking…

Ever held a glow stick? In order for it to glow, what do you have to do? You must break it!

You, my friend, are no different! For your light to shine? You must break! Break those old habits, break away from those toxic relationships, and break that train of negative thoughts. You must be broken!

When we are broken, we are able to be used by the Lord for His work! Brokenness brings us closer to our Savior. Brokenness is the key to unlock our true purpose in Christ! Brokenness leads us to wholeness. Brokenness guides us to the arms of the Savior. Brokenness leads to humility and allows us to experience God’s grace and mercy!

Dear friend, the Lord does not despise your brokenness, quite the contrary! Your point of humility, that point of surrender that brokenness brings us to positions us to be used by the Father! This is where we shine! Our weaknesses positions us to be used for His glory and our good! In our weakness, He shines! We were at that point of being down and out, we are able to truly experience the might of God’s power!

Surrender your broken pieces unto the Lord. He will mold them together in a way that you could never imagine. Your broken heart will be the tool used by the Lord to increase your capacity to love, to have compassion, and to experience joy.

Do not forsake the breaking, our friend, the Lord is going to make you shine!

Peace and Blessings

Stay the Course…

Friend,

We know the road has been tough, full of disappointments and disruptions but we want you to stay the course. Your loved ones, those who are coming up behind you, generations to come are depending on you to stay the course! Staying focused helps you meet the goal, the course will shape your identity and define your purpose. Staying the course will lead you to Christ. Friend, you must stay the course.

You can make it! You will get through! With God, ALL things are possible. And with God, you can stay the course. It’s not about who finishes first but it’s all about who endures to the end. Will you hop over the hurdles? Will you ignore the distractions? Will you let those things and people that stand in your way be the fuel you need to propel forward? Your race matters to the kingdom of God. Your race helps us all make it to the end! You are not alone, your family in Christ are right there with you!

Listen, stay the course! Set your sights on the finish line! Let the exhortation of Paul be your motivation:

The road is long and hard. It gets tough. Friends leave you. Family can hurt you. You have to sacrifice and forsake those things that feel good to your flesh. But it’s all worth it in the end! We can guarantee that the prize is greater than the pain. We can guarantee that the promise will manifest. We can guarantee that victory will be yours. The guarantee isn’t in this world or in your capabilities, the guarantee is in Christ Jesus, our Lord!

When it is all said and done, staying the course and completing the task will yield this beautiful result:

“…Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23

Stay the course, sis! It will all be worth it in the end!

Peace and Blessings

The Beauty of Our Feet…

It’s sandal season right? Even in the midst of COVID 19, women all over the world are making sure that our toes are ready to be shown! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

We must remember that our feet serve a bigger purpose than being wrapped in the cutest sandals we can find. Our feet are used to deliver information. Our feet are used as tools of guidance, leading us in the direction we decide to go. Are we using our feet to bless or curse? Are we using our feet for gossip or goodness? Are our feet being used to flee evil or run to it?

Scripture tells us the direction in which our feet should go:

We cannot miss the spirit function of our feet. The Lord in His infinite wisdom have designed our bodies with specific intentionality. How beautiful are your feet? Do you bring good news? Do you publish peace? Do you publish salvation? How beautiful are your feet?

It is our mission to remember the beauty of our feet. It goes beyond wearing designer sandals or making sure that you have on polish. The Word of God reminds us that our feet should be the tools we use to deliver comfort, to promote peace, and to extend joy. We must preach the Gospel and our feet are the tools used to do so!

This extends beyond the physical presence of feet, this is about the spiritual function of our feet! We cannot miss the exhortation, our whole bodies, even our feet, are used to the glory of God. Think about the last call you received from a friend? Did you encourage one another! Did you deliver the good news to one another? Or was it to gossip? Did you promote peace?

How beautiful are your feet?

Peace and Blessings

The Hands of the Lord…

Ezra repeatedly mentions how the “hand of God” was upon him as he was leading the third group of exiles back to Judah/Jerusalem.

If you have a little one or perhaps have cared for one, think about why you have your hands on them. Perhaps you are guiding them as they are learning how to walk, perhaps you are teaching them how to do an activity, or maybe you are simply showing them that you care for them. Either way, your hands signified love and direction.

This was true for Ezra and this is true for you. Ezra 7 details how the “good hand of his God was on him”. This hand gave him the confidence to ask for what he needed to get back to Jerusalem. He was provided with confidence, courage and provision for the journey. This is how you know that Ezra was headed in the right direction.

Ezra’s story is also proof on how you will know that the Lord has His hands on you. You will receive the courage you need, you will receive the confidence you need, and you will receive the provision you need for your journey! You will receive the favor of “kings” because the good hand of the Lord, your God, is upon you!

His hands lets you know that you are in His plan.

You are protected with the hands of the Lord. His hands will protect you from the snare of your enemy. His hands shield the fiery arrows that frequently come your way. You are loved with the hands of the Lord. Just like your hand was held by your caregiver and loved one, you are guided by the hand of the Lord, your God.

As you walk in His purpose and plan, you are led by His hand.

Peace and Blessings

HIStory…

The books of Chronicles are pretty interesting. It features a recount of Israel’s history and it highlights the actions of the kings of Israel. For some, it highlights their love for the Lord, their victories, and challenges that they had to overcome. For others, it highlighted their evils, their struggles, and their fall and demise. Why some stories are shape a specific way and why others are not is just the way the Holy Spirit pressed upon the writer of the books.

Their stories became shaped by HIStory.

Typically, those who “did right in the eyes of Lord His God” often times had their strengths highlighted and their victories noted. Those who did not, did not.

How will your story be penned? This is an important consideration. While our stories won’t be featured in the Holy Word, our stories will be recalled as we approach our Savior. Our children and grandchildren will hear the victories and challenges, the triumphs and the trials. Just as the kings of Israel, our stories will extend beyond our lives. How will your story be told?

Did you overcome? Did you tear down the high places that tried to place themselves above the Lord? Did you fall before the Lord to praise and worship Him? Did you know the commandments? Did you live them? How will your storyteller tell your story?

Will HISTory prevail? Consider the exhortation from the Word of God:

He has a story written for you already! In His story, you are the victor! In His story, you are more than a conqueror. In His story, you are fearfully and wonderfully made! HIStory features a Savior who loved you so much that He died for you! HIStory features your purpose, your mission and His plans for your life! And when it is all over, HIStory features your eternal resting place. HIStory positions you for a powerful legacy and lasting influence.

All of our lives will be chronicled, how will yours be told?

Peace and Blessings

Order My Steps…

Have you ever given a child a set of instructions? Only to realize that they have no idea how to do what you’ve asked them to do. Perhaps it’s cleaning up their toys or putting away their shoes. If they have never done it before, they have to be shown (probably multiple times) how to do so.

We should rejoice that we have a Father who will provide us with detailed instructions, guidance and wisdom on how to do what He has called us to do. When Solomon was instructed to build the Temple, he was provided with instructions from his father David and from the Lord. The Lord ordered his steps. Not only did the Lord establish his steps, He provided the natural and supernatural things needed in order to complete such as a monumental task.

As we approach any task that He has created us to do, we must allow Him to order our steps according to His Word:

When we allow the Lord to guide our steps, we are allowing Him to take control of our purpose and mission. When we seek His face for the appropriate method, we are filled with wisdom and discernment. The Lord is needed for success, we cannot do it without Him! Having the Lord order our steps requires for us to decrease so that He may increase.

With ordered steps, we can fulfill the plans of the Lord. It is only His plans that will prevail: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Peace and Blessings

Training Ground…

Any form of training can be quite tedious and difficult. When you are new to a position, you feel a multitude of feelings while attending orientation and training: anxiety, excitement, boredom, and the list goes on. While being trained, you are becoming equipped for the assignment ahead. The training is necessary.

This is proven true for the spiritual: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The anointing is needed but you also need to have a training period. If you are not rooted in the Word of God, how can you preach it? If you are unable to connect with children, how can you teach in children’s ministry?

This walk of faith requires equipping. While we may all be the recipient of the prayers of our mothers, fathers, and grandparents, there comes a time when we must train ourselves up. Training requires getting on our knees and crying out to the Lord. Training requires time in the Word. Training requires us to learn how to praise God on the mountaintops and in the valley lows.

The training ground prepares you for the biggest challenge of your life, which is the battle for your soul. Not only does the Lord want you to commit to Him, so does Satan. How will you successfully combat your enemy if you do not study the Word of God which tells you how to defeat? We must value the spiritual training ground.

It is the training for godliness that builds your weapons arsenal. It is the training in the spiritual that equips you for your life’s mission. Continue to pace that floor with prayer. Continue to sharpen your sword by studying the Word of God. Your very life, not the physical body, but your soul, depends on your training ground.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Yes…

Yes can be life-changing.

We say “yes” to jobs, “yes” to relationships, and “yes” to those whom we love. Those agreements lead to careers, marriage, and connections. Saying yes can also lead to heartache, disappointment, and frustration.

No matter the reaction, saying yes can and will change your life.

However, when we agree with God’s will for our lives, that agreement with Him will impact our life here on Earth and in Heaven. Saying yes to the Lord will indeed change our lives. Saying yes to the Lord will move mountains. Saying yes to the Lord will break strongholds. Our yes will set us free.

The yes to the Lord is bigger than saying yes to that new job, yes to that man whom wants to marry you, and yes to your loved one who is seeking your support.

There is power in your agreement with God:

Saying yes with another believer in prayer produces a response from the Lord. Agreement yields peace, brings forth joy, and is a response of love. There is much power in yes…

Will you agree with God today? What promise has He been speaking over you? Will you receive that promise? What direction has He been telling you to go? Will you go in that direction?

Your yes to the Lord will change your life and those to whom you are connected. The yes you have for God will produce fruit that will extend beyond this lifetime. The Lord has said yes to us when He gave us His one and only Son whom is Jesus Christ. May we continuously be led to spending the rest of our lives saying yes to Him.

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Damascus…

For Saul, eventually Paul, the road to Damascus was dark, filled with hunger, and filled with thirst, but it was life changing. Perhaps you are able to relate to Paul’s story? He met the Lord in the middle of his mess. He encountered the Savior right after he finished doing his dirt.

Have you ever heard from the Lord right after you did your dirt? In the middle of your mess? As followers of Christ, we have all had or will have our Road to Damascus. But fret not! Even in the middle of our mess, the Lord still bless!

God’s guidance: They led him to Damascus (Acts 9:8). You are not alone! The Lord always gives us natural assistance to get us to our supernatural destination! They will take us by the hand and get us to where God wants us. Look at your circle, maybe they are still with you or maybe they are not but God has placed guides in your life so that you are able to get to Him!

The beauty of God’s strategic plan: The Lord was not leading Saul/Paul idly. He knows the end from the beginning. He placed Ananias at the end of his road because He knew that Saul/Paul would need to be strengthened and encouraged. Ananias was strategically placed to lay hands on Saul, eventually Paul. He was there to feed Saul, spiritually and physically.

The scales fell: As we encounter the road to Damascus, there are things that blind us from what God wants us to see. Maybe it’s tradition for some. It was for Saul/Paul, he was blinded by tradition. For some, it could be a relationship. For others, it could be the trouble of our past. With so many distractions, we have to be intentional about ensuring that we remove the scales that can sometimes find their way to our eyes.

Perhaps the most powerful lesson about our Road to Damascus is what happens after:

For Saul, who was also called Paul, the Road to Damascus placed him in the Lord’s will and he became a notable figure for the kingdom of God. Because of his journey, generations came to know Christ.

This is true for your Road to Damascus. Your name will change, your position will change, and your journey will serve as a conduit for others to know Christ. You will receive God’s guidance, you will become a part of God’s strategic plan, and you may enter blind but eventually you will see.

Peace and Blessings