The Road to Well: Thankfulness

It’s incredibly challenging to give thanks in hard seasons. Becoming well means that at one point-we were not. Therefore, the road to well isn’t always a pleasing season. However, we must adhere to the command of the Lord:

With tear-filled eyes-we must give thanks. In difficult circumstances, we must give thanks. In painful moments, we must give thanks. In seasons of plenty, we must give thanks. When the doors open-we must give thanks. When the doors close-we must give thanks. When we hear the Lord say yes-we must give thanks. When we hear the Lord say no-we must give thanks. And the list goes on…

Whatever happens-we must give thanks. Thankfulness is progression. It’s the indication that we are walking by faith and not by sight. It’s the expression of giving glory to God for it all. It’s the power to take each step forward. Thankfulness is how we become well and whole.

The opposite of being thankful is being ungrateful. If we decide not to thank the Lord, we are giving space and place to the root of bitterness and resentment. These roots will have us tripping and falling as we tread the road to well. The walk will become long and even more challenging and we may be tempted to go back to where we came from.

Choose thankfulness and see how swiftly we are able to move. A thankful heart delights in the healing that the Lord provides. Thankfulness births joy in trying seasons.

Thanksgiving may have been a couple of weeks ago but giving thanks never ends.

Peace and Blessings

To The Nazarene:

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46

People have written you off because of your last name, your first name, or your skin color. People have questioned what good can come from your mother, your father, or your hometown. People have wondered what good can come from a single parent household or a child who struggles in school. Just maybe people are thinking what good can come from someone who have physical limitations or mental health challenges.

No matter the “Nazareth”, the answer is a resounding YES! There is good that comes out of Nazareth!

Sister, no matter your lineage or what city you come from-the answer to their question is yes! Your past doesn’t define you. Your academics, your career, or your choices don’t stamp who you are. You are who the Lord says you are: Overcomer, More Than A Conqueror, and Wonderfully Made.

Let’s see at Jesus. Nazareth was not an astute place. Mary and Joseph were not royalty. And Jesus did not come from riches. And yet, He is the BEST thing that has came out of Nazareth!

So boast about where you came from because Jesus thought enough of you to see you through. Tell the story about your heritage Nazarene, you are living proof of the good that comes out of your Nazareth. Tell them about the One who is the Victor of your birthplace. Do not be ashamed of your story, your history, or your ancestry-there is good that has come from who you are and where you have been.

Jesus is the stamp of your journey. He is the beginning and the end. He is the author and finisher of your story.

So the next time someone asks-can anything good come from where you are, from where you have been-give them this response Nazarene:

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: The Way

When we aren’t feeling well, we are trying to find the answer to this question: How do I get better? What’s the way? Think about it-when we are dealing with the common cold-we wonder which brand of medicine will work. We wonder which remedy will get us better. This is also true for those aches and pains that aren’t so visible.

What’s the way? It’s the million dollar question. And we have the answer!

The Way is Jesus Christ. He is the road to well. Last time we discussed how exhausted is a stop on the road to well. Now, we are discussing how Jesus is the way to well! We don’t have to wonder if we go to the left or the right, we simply follow Him and He will make us better, He will make us well, and He will make us whole.

So dear sisters, we no longer have to feel lost or direction-less, there is a Savior for that and it is Jesus Christ! We seek Him out in prayer, we connect with like-minded believers, we fast, we praise His Holy name-these are the things that set us in the right direction. Rejoicing and worshiping the One and True Living God is how we transition from feeling bad to getting better to being well.

There is no way to wellness without Jesus! So follow Him, His hand is extended to us-we just have to grab it. His shoulders are prepared for our loads. He is the Living Water for the journey. His voice is the only map we need. And the hem of His garment shall make us whole.

If you are hurting, in pain, or heartbroken-He is the Only One that knows the way because He is the Way.

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: Exhaustion

Wellness and Exhaustion are two very different things. But the two are very connected. Wellness is always the goal, but exhaustion is often times the first stop on the road.

Think about having a cold-the sneezing, the coughing, you can’t sleep, you can’t breathe-you are downright tired. Wellness is breathing again and sleeping peacefully. Exhaustion is on the journey to well. Think about giving birth-the contractions and the pushing are exhausting! But seeing the beautiful face of your child means all is well!

We don’t have to live being tired, however. We can be determined to regain our strength and our power. We first must tell the truth: Are you tired of being hurt? Aren’t you tired of being bitter? Aren’t you tired of living in a depressed state? We must surrender these exhausted feelings and emotions so that we can move forward to well.

The Father invites us to exchange these feelings of tiredness and exhaustion for something so much greater:

Rest is the beautiful exchange! To become well, we must transition from exhaustion to rest. Sisters, it’s time to give the burden away! It’s time to conclude that we are on a different path-we must proclaim that we are on the road to well.

It’s time to admit we are tired so that we can move forward towards wellness. It’s time to acknowledge that wellness is our portion and our promise. We don’t have to live tired. We don’t have to live worn out or defeated. We don’t have to live with the burdens on our backs. It’s time to be set free, it’s time to be delivered from tired and worn out.

Live free, sisters. We are on the road to well!

Peace and Blessings

Strategic Positioning…

Positions are a key strategy when engaging in spiritual warfare. We must evaluate our stance. Are we hiding in a cave, hoping not to be seen? Are we hiding behind someone else when we should be the ones standing in the front? Or are we in standing strong in the front, ready to handle what comes our way?

Here’s the thing: the position we take will determine our victory. For the ones hiding in the cave-we will miss the goodness of the Lord because we have chosen to hide. For the one hiding behind someone-another human cannot save you. For the ones in the front-their confidence is not in their ability but in His ability.

We must stand on the position of victory, because we are already victorious:

Position yourself on victory! We don’t have to hope that we win the battle, we have to know we’ve already won because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross! We don’t have to fight for victory, we fight from victory!

We stand on the promises of the Lord, knowing that they will all come to pass. We stand on our faith because we believe in the One we do not see. We stand on the Word of God, knowing that it is the only truth that matters. We position ourselves to be victorious, because we are victorious!

The goodness of the Lord will only be seen from the place of victory. It’s time for us to come out of the cave and from behind people, it’s time for us to stand-knowing that God is able to win every single battle that we will face. He’s already defeated death, there is nothing to hard for Him to handle.

Where are you standing?

Peace and Blessings

Hello Overcomer!

Listen closely: The Devil wants you to believe that you will always be bound by that diagnosis, that past mistake, the choices of your family, that perceived failure. He wants you to believe that God cannot restore, that He cannot revive, and that He cannot redeem. Satan wants you to believe that you will always be afflicted. We are here to tell you: He is a LIAR and incapable of telling the truth.

You, my beautiful sister, are an Overcomer! If you belong to the One who defeated death, Hell, and the grace-you have already won! By the power and authority of God through Jesus Christ, we declare and decree that your testimony is one of victory and not defeated. We declare that the promises of God are your portion, and we know that you are healed and set free in Christ.

The latest episode of our podcast, From Worn to Well, is dedicated to the Overcomer. Check out a snippet here:

You can hear the entire episode here: Hello Overcomer!

Overcomer, it’s time to walk in victory! It’s time to tell the world about how the Lord won again! Your testimony is packed full of power and can no longer be held back!

Peace and Blessings

Our Portion: Freedom

Today is July 4th. For many Americans, this is their Independence Day. This day marks the point in history where the United States became free from British rule. For many, today represents freedom.

Today, many celebrations are marked with fireworks. Matter of fact, as I pen this devotional, I am surrounded by fireworks. Growing up and for many years after, I was afraid of fireworks. While they are beautiful visually, the pop sounds much like gunfire. As a child I grew up in a community filled with violence and because of that, many nights were marked by gunfire. I feared the sound and anything that sounded like it.

As a child, I remember going to see fireworks and crying in the car because of the sound. My mother gave me a blanket to hide under as the sound filled the air. I couldn’t appreciate their beauty because of the sound. This fear continued well into adulthood. But that’s not where the story ends!

As I came to Christ and developed a relationship with Him, the Lord set me free from the irrational fear of the sound of fireworks. He assured me that I was protected and safe in His arms. He promised to never leave nor forsake me. He set me free. And because of that freedom, I enjoy the beauty of fireworks.

Today, a nation may be celebrating its freedom from oppression and rule but we can also celebrate the freedom that we have in Christ! Freedom is our portion and promise. We no longer have to live in fear and bound by the enemy’s stronghold. In Christ, you can be free!

Maybe you are seeking freedom from addictive habits. Maybe you are bound by loneliness. Maybe you fear the sound of fireworks because of a childhood filled with gunfire. Maybe you fear relationships because of your past. Whatever the issue may be, know that freedom is your portion! In Christ, you can be free!

Woman of God, the Son of God sacrificed Himself so that we can be free and appreciate the beauty of God. We have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Be free! Freedom is YOUR portion and promise! Oppression from the snares and schemes of the enemy ends TODAY! Take your freedom back! Throw away those shackles. We are free!

True freedom is found in Christ.

Peace and Blessings

Armored Up: Breastplate of Righteousness…

The breastplate goes over the chest. The chest contains our most vital organs. If someone gets pierced in the lungs, their breathing is affected. If someone gets shot in the heart, their life is affected. The breastplate of righteousness is designed to protect our most vulnerable organ: the heart.

The Word of God tells us just how important the heart is, naturally and supernaturally:

As we engage in spiritual warfare on this battlefield of life, we must ensure that our breastplate of righteousness snug and fit on our chest. The fiery darts of the enemy are subtle and if we aren’t careful, we leave our hearts visible to the enemy. We must protect our most vital organ, for everything we do flows from it.

This is why the armor of God works in conjunction with one another. The helmet protects our mind, the belt keeps us standing strong, the shoes directs our path, the shield and sword empowers us with the word and if our hearts aren’t guarded-the rest of us is left susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.

Mighty warrior of God, protect your heart. This is the source of your very life. Pray over your heart. Etch the Word of God onto the flesh of your heart. Lay it on the altar each and every day. Be mindful of what goes into your ear gates and eye gates. Hold fast to your faith. Cling to the Word of God. Surrender yourself unto the King. Trusting, believing, and clinging are the components of your breastplate. Choosing the Father over the flesh is your breastplate. Going His way instead of your way is your breastplate.

We hope this series helps our fellow sisters in Christ stand strong in the midst of spiritual warfare. We pray that we stand-Armored Up-fighting from the stance of victory!

Mighty woman of God-you are victorious!

Peace and Blessings

The Sound…

What are we listening to? What sound are we allowing to penetrate our spirit? What are we allowing to speak to our spirit?

These questions are explored in “From Worn to Well” first session of M.E. Time! This series is designed to help us pause for the cause, reflect on the goodness of the Lord, and to apply the Word of God to our lives.

To hear the message in its entirety, you can listen here: M.E. Time Moment: The Sound

Achieving mental wellness requires us to pay attention to the sounds that surround us. We must be able to hear the voice of the Father at all time. The noises of this world cannot be greater than the beautiful sound of the Father.

It’s time to ensure that we hear our Father. It’s time to block out the sounds of this world. We must be able to hear the voice of the Father so that we can maintain a sound mind. The state of our mental health determines our ability to know what the Lord is saying to us. He is the One who transforms and renews our mind. He is the One who strengthens our spirit. He is the One who gives us peace.

It’s time examine what sound we allow to impact our mind, body, and spirit. Mighty woman of God, may you be moved, strengthen, and empowered by the sound of the Lord.

Peace and Blessings

War Wounds…

Picture it: It’s 1992, it’s raining outside, and you are single digits year old. You are running around a kitchen table with some neighbor friends, even though your mother told you and your friends to stop a million times. She’s talking, you are playing and then SMACK! You run into the corner of a kitchen wall, there are stars and that’s all you remember.

It’s double digits years later and the wound remains! While this story is truly comical, many times our scars are not. For a long time, this scar was not funny. It’s appearance makes one feel self-conscious and although healed, it’s very visible.

After a while, the scar became easier to love, easier to laugh at, and easier to appreciate. Our wounds can teach us a million lessons. For me, it helped me to realize how fun being a kid was, how the corners on walls are super dangerous, and how disobedience has consequences.

What about your wounds? The c-section scar, the scrap on the knee that is now healed, the scar from an abusive relationship. If nothing else, our wounds should teach us that we are survivors! Our wounds should demonstrate that we can overcome. Our scars should speak of the Healer who is greater than any advancement in modern medicine.

For Thomas, the scars of Jesus taught him to believe. As Jesus reappeared after His death, Thomas wasn’t so sure about the whole process. For Thomas, he needed to touch and see that Jesus was who He said. When he saw and touched the scars of Jesus, he knew:

Woman of God, touch your war wound, and be amazed at the glory of God. Woman of God, touch that c-section scar and marveled at the fact that the Lord was with you in that moment. Sister, touch that healed wound from that abusive ex, and be amazed at the Lord saving you from that relationship. Will you scars help you to believe?

Let’s not be ashamed of our wounds and scars! They tell the story of the goodness of Jesus! They demonstrate how He can make beauty out of ashes. Scars yell freedom for some. Wounds build faith for others. It did for Thomas, let those scars you possess do it for you.

No longer be ashamed of the war wounds you possess, mighty woman of God. Because of those scars, you are alive, you are healed, and you are victorious. Let your scars tell a bleeding, dying and wounded world that the Lord, your God, healed you and saved you.

Peace and Blessings