A Happy Ending…

Trouble, trials, and turbulence are our portion while here on Earth. Between the violence, the economic woes, and moral issues-troubles have no problem finding us. No matter how much we pray and plead, sorrow is inevitable. That is not the end result, however, as children of the Lord, we have a promise that awaits us at the end of the turbulent road. Christ tells us so, let’s look to the Lord:

The end is that you will overcome because Christ overcame it all! Trouble may be the portion but victory is the promise! Friends, this world is just full of sorrowful stories. Turn on the news, open up the internet-you will find all the troubles and ills of the world there.

But open up your Bible! There you will find the happy ending you dream of-Jesus Christ overcame the world’s ills. The end is that you will overcome too! There is a home in Heaven awaiting those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Our Savior achievements is our promise! Our happy ending isn’t found in retiring from a job in 30 years, it isn’t found in marrying the love of our life or becoming debt-free, our joy is in Christ alone. Christ is more than our happy ending-He is our joy-filled ending!

Sisters, we cannot let Disney or the latest romantic comedy shape our desired happy endings. There are cute and entertaining but they are not endgame. Victory is better than any movie that Disney can make! The approval of the Father is better than any story we will read! Sisters, we will cry and we will grieve in the world but because of Christ-we will win! Victorious living is our promise!

Accept Christ, and you too, can live happily ever after…

Peace and Blessings

Advancing The Gospel…

Your hard work is not in vain. The hard work you are putting in will produce that degree, will start that business, and will help you get healthy. Your hard work is cementing a future, the work is achieving a goal, and your work is producing change.

Work produces work. We have to ask ourselves if the work we are doing matters, for the Kingdom. Yes, working out will make us healthy-but does it matter in the course of eternity? Will the degree we receive position the generations coming behind us? Will the new business further the Gospel?

What you do, what has happened to you, must be viewed the lens of the Gospel. How does your story-the hard work, the victories, and the tragedies-affect the advancement of the Gospel? Let’s look to the Word for direction:

Will we make this declaration? The victories, the turmoil-will we declare that what has happened to us has served to advance the Gospel? Believers must see their life’s story through the lens of the Gospel! You and your degrees and trauma, your powerful and murky testimony, can be used to tell the world about Christ! This is the design of the Gospel, to use those who have been called to tell the world about Christ, with their light and life, to tell all who will listen, how they have overcome! All of who we are can advance the Gospel.

Jesus sat at the well with a woman who had 5 husbands and used her position and story to tell the world that the Messiah had come! He used a Samaritan who was with a man who wasn’t her husband, how good is the Father! Please don’t think that your story isn’t worthy enough to be a tool to point the world to our Savior.

We know you’ve been through, we know that you’ve accomplished much and we know that you’ve overcome so many trials-your beautiful and messy and complicated story can be used to advance the Gospel!

Peace and Blessings

I Want It All!

Being a child of God, we are naturally promised His blessings and gifts. What an honor and privilege that is?! We should rejoice in being able to receive God’s best! We want it all, right?!

However, as we grow in relationship with God the Father and Christ the Savior, we recognize that we are not only recipients of God’s promises, we are also burdened with persecution, trials, and tribulations. We experience the impact of weapons as they are formed against us.

Wanting all that God has for you comes with promises and blessings and problems and persecutions. All that He has for you involves trials and triumphs. And sometimes God’s best is best experienced when we have encountered the pang of a weapon that has formed against us.

We are here to tell you, friend, all that God has for you involves trials. All that God has for you involves suffering. All that God has for you involves some suffering. However, take refuge in the fact that He is not here to beat us down and it does not make Him glad to see us suffer, quite the contrary! He knows that trials weaken the flesh but strengthen the spirit. He knows that overcoming obstacles helps us understand the meaning of victory. He knows that with suffering we develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit as our Comforter.

Should we still want all He has for us?! Absolutely! We may suffer but He promises to strengthen and restore us! We may experience rejection but He knows that He will confirm us and we will be accepted by Him. We may suffer but we are blessed! He knows that the persecution experienced on Earth cannot begin to compare to the eternal glory that awaits us in Heaven.

Let’s want ALL that God has for us! Even if we have to proclaim it with fear and trembling. No matter the weapon, it won’t prosper. No matter the obstacles, we will more than conquer it. No matter the fire, it will not consume us.

Our Father in glory has a crown of life that awaits us.

Peace and Blessings

Storyteller…

Many cultures have a resident storyteller. For some, it is the elder of the family. For others, there is an designated individual. But the storyteller gives an oral history for the community, family, tribe, etc. They tell of the good times and of the bad. The history lives on because of the storyteller.

As believers, we should be the storytellers of our family, that assignment has been given to us because we have been redeemed!

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,” Psalm 107:2

The redeemed (that’s us) are the storytellers of our families and of our communities. We can tell of the goodness of the Lord. As the redeemed, we tell of how the Lord, our God, snatched us from the hands of the enemy. As the redeemed, we must tell our loved ones about the faithfulness of God.

Will the redeemed of the Lord say so?!

We must designate ourselves to be the storytellers of our families. Why? Because we must realize that those under us, those with whom we leave our stories, will learn that they too can overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.

Friends, this is why we tell the story! The story of our salvation, the story of how we stumbled, and the story of how God brought us through the rough times all point back to God our Savior. He is the Creator of our stories, He is the reason why we tell our stories and He is the sole reason how we were able to overcome. It was our testimony and our declaration that saw us through. The blood of Jesus cements our place as the resident storytellers for our loved ones! We are redeemed because the Lord saved us.

Redeemed, go on ahead and say so! Tell about how the Lord saved you, how the Lord spared us, and how the Lord loves you!

Peace and Blessings

Weary One…

Dear friend, 2020 has been quite the year! And we can imagine that it has left you feeling tired, worn, and downright weary. With the increasing amount of uncertainty, it makes it hard to keep fighting that good of faith.

Fret not, weary one-you have the Lord on your side! Our Lord, the conqueror of death is right there with you! Your fight is not in vain! Feeling weary? Feeling exhausted? Run to the Word of God! Scripture tells us that we shouldn’t get weary in well doing:

Did you hear Him? Don’t give up! Your harvest is right around the corner, your deliverance is right around the corner, your freedom is right around the corner! Weary one, we know it’s tough and it feels like you are in a season of drought. Keep fighting, the rain is coming!

The planting is tough because you are unable to see the breaking of the ground. It’s difficult because you are unable to see that growth is occurring. You get tired of watching, you get tired of waiting, you are ready for the breaking! Stand firm, the breaking is coming! Stand on faith! His faithfulness withstands the test of time.

Be driven, not by what you see but what He said! Don’t forget those promises He has whispered to you. Sis, they are manifesting! This is NOT the time to give up! Quite the contrary, this is the time to go hard! This is the time to press forward. This is the time to rejoice. The ground may not appear to be broken, but trust in Him, the harvest is on the way! Wait for that petal to sprout, your hard work is not in vain and God is not a man that He should lie. The beautiful field will appear at the proper time!

Weary one, go before your Father, receive His rest, experience His joy, and release those burdens. Once you do, stand up and continue to do good, the harvest is coming.

Peace and Blessings

Go to Grow…

In order to get to your next destination, you must go. The destination represents progression and growth. The destination is one step closer to your goal and the completion of your mission. You will never know if you don’t go and you must go to grow.

Yes, we know there are some obstacles you would rather not conquer. There are some doors you would rather simply go around rather than enter, but you must go to grow. The loss of a loved one teaches us how to endure. The rejection prepares us for the next achievement. The closed door helps us appreciate the open doors.

We must go to grow.

Our moments of weakness and life’s difficulties teaches us to depend on Christ more than ourselves. The insults position us to find our identity in Christ. The persecution guides us to His safety. Going through helps us to grow through!

The Word encourages us with the truth:

The knowledge gained trumps the trial. The wisdom gained supersedes the tribulation. The problem is not bigger than your Lord. Your hurdle isn’t bigger than the One who holds the world in His hands. Going through positions you from victim to victor!

So go to grow! Grow closer to Christ. Grow closer to dependence on Him. Grow in your confidence that He can do exceedingly and abundantly all that you ask. Grow to know that His way is perfection. Grow to know His voice, His comfort, and His strength.

My friend, you must go to grow.

Peace and Blessings

Hello Overcomer!

Dear Overcomer,

Congratulations, you survived! We know that at times you’ve made some questionable choices and just some downright bad decisions. Sister, those choices and decisions do not define you.

The enemy did not win. You won. You made it through. You are an overcomer! Every door that has closed in your face did not destroy you. Every hurt, pain and frustration has been placed under your feet. The enemy tried to steal everything you hold dear. The enemy tried to kill you but you were saved from the snares of the enemy, you are an overcomer!

We know that the past has not been kind and that life has not been a crystal stair but here you are, still standing, still breathing. The difficulties of life have made you stronger, wiser, and prepared for battle! You are ready for whatever may come your way.

So no need to hide in shame any longer. No longer do you have to omit parts of your narrative. No longer do you need to feel like you are not good enough. No longer do you need to feel like you aren’t strong enough.

Do not believe the lies of the enemy. You no longer need to look back and you can look forward with optimism and confidence! The blood of Jesus Christ saved you. Your testimony empowers you. You are an overcomer!

Peace and Blessings,

Just a sister helping another sister.

Redeemed.

Redeem: to buy back; to get or win back; to free from captivity by payment of ransom; to help to overcome something; to release from blame or debt; to free from the consequences of sin; to change for the better; to repair and restore; to atone for; to make worthwhile

Free. Overcome. Repair. Restore. Atone. Worthwhile. Make it personal, sis! You are free. You are an overcomer. You are repaired. You are restored. You have been atoned for. You are worthwhile.

Those above statements defined who you are. Those above statements give a small glimpse into the amazing work of Christ. Those above statements must be reflected in our walk and talk.

My sister, you are redeemed. Perhaps you’ve been called many things, some good and some not so good. Your identity must be rooted in that ALONE. Let this characteristic shape your life, define your actions, and form your purpose.

Let the REDEEMED of the Lord say so!Let your life say so. Let your light say so. Let your work ethic say so. Let your treatment of loved ones say so. Let your treatment of strangers say so.

Don’t search too hard for “who you are”, scripture lays it out for us perfectly:

You are redeemed.

Peace and Blessings