A Love Letter…

To the Microwave, Instant Pot, and Air Fryer Generation,

How wonderful are these appliances?! For the weary, working parents-it’s a lifesaver! To the single man, just looking for a quick meal-it’s a God send! To the hungry college student-it’s gourmet feast! Not many can deny that these creations are amazing.

We mustn’t not confuse a microwave oven with a microwave Father. It’s quite easy to do, unfortunately. Our microwave generation has translated to a phone and vehicles and computers. With the snap of our fingers, we can have the information, the connection, and the meal we desire.

Our Father does not move with the snap of our fingers-He moves with the rate of our faith. The Lord, our God isn’t instant (unless He wants to be…). The Father isn’t a genie and is not magic.

Our generation has to learn how to long-suffer, to continuously pray, and to remain thankful. This stance isn’t to obtain what we want but to draw closer to the One who wove us in our mother’s wombs.

We must be careful not to adopt the microwave mindset while serving the Lord. We need a slow cooker perspective. The more we pray, the more we fast, the more we wait-the Father will show Himself faithful.

To this generation of convenience-your prayers are not in vain, your tears are not missed, and your heart’s cry is heard. You will get the victory and the Lord will get the glory!

Keep cooking-the best is yet to come!

Peace and Blessings

Fire Power…

“…each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” 1 Corinthians 3:13

Consider the exhortation of 1 Corinthians and ponder this question:

What power will the fire have on you?

Believers are promised many things, some of those things include fiery trials.

So don’t think it strange! Don’t spend too much time crying and wondering, why you? Why not you?! This is a promise in Christ, we have an adversary and we will experience suffering. If you look past the fire, you can also see the victory!

The fire is useful and add definition to our life. Frustrating? Yes. Needed? Absolutely! Will you buckle or will you stand? Will you give up or will you press on? Will you rebel or will you rejoice?

Make the decision to stand strong, to press on, and to be refined by the struggles of life! Don’t let the fiery trials consume you. Continue to do the work of the Lord. Don’t be defined by depression or anxiety. Don’t let a bad day, month or year define who the Lord is. You determine the power of the fire, don’t let it overpower you!

The fire is hot, the fire is overwhelming, and the fire is necessary. The fire can either consume you or refine you, the choice is yours.

Peace and Blessings

Faint Not…

“Life aint no crystal stair…” Langston Hughes

It tends to hit us left and right. We can let the adversities of life beat us down or lift us up. The choice is ours. However, we don’t have to wonder about what to do. The Word of God gives us direction for every situation. Let’s consider what the Lord says:

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10 ESV

Seems like a choice is set before us, we can faint or not faint. “Fainting” can be synonymous with complaining, worrying, and stressing yourself out. According to the Word, fainting means our strength is small. Not with the God we serve!

Sis, we want to encourage you to faint not! Faint not when the struggles of life come up against you! Life must be encountered not in our own strength, but in the strength of our Creator! My friend, you are powered with the Holy Spirit!

Struggles, adversity, and suffering are promised to us as followers of Christ. And because we are children of God, we have been gifted with an adversary, but faint not! The battle has already been won! In Christ, you are victorious! In Christ, you are more than a conqueror. And in Christ, there is nothing small about you!

As you deal with the difficulties of life, be encouraged by this truth…

Life is amazing, complex, and tough, but faint not sis, you got this. Not by your might nor your power but by His Spirit.

Peace and Blessings

The Necessity of Judas

We were created for relationships. Our need for one another is the design of the Father. In order to even be created, we need our mothers and fathers to come together. Then we need our mothers to feed us in her womb. Once born, we need our caregivers to provide love, clothing, food, and shelter. This does not end once we hit that magical and adult age of 18. The need for others just shift…

We are wired to need love, care and compassion in our adulthood. Oh, not to mention the food, clothing, and shelter. Somewhere as we journey throughout life, we will need another person, simply because God wired us that way.

No matter what, relationships with others are necessary. Great caregivers, good friends, and loved ones make for an enriching life experience. Its not the number of people, its the quality.

Peter, John, and James were all keyplayers in the life of Jesus. They were not perfect, but they demonstrate how necessary good people are to our life’s story.

However, our enemies also eqiup us with an enriching life experience. They teach us how to overcome adversity and how to endure trials. They teach us how to suffer. Suffering is a necessary part of the human experience! In the list of promises God gives, suffering is one of them (2 Timothy 3:12)! Without pain and difficulties, how would we know that the Lord heals, that the Holy Spirit comforts, and God restores?

So just like Peter, James, and John, Judas was necessary. His betrayal sent Jesus to the cross. Without His sacrifice on the cross, our sins would not be forgiven and the battle would not be won. Without Judas, our relationship with the Father would be restrictive.

Our enemies are necessary. Our personal “Judas” is necessary. Without them, we wouldn’t have a personal testimony of restoration and healing. Without them, how would we know that we are more than conquerors? Without them, how would we know the fruit that suffering produces?

Appreciate your Johnathan and John. Their love, compassion, and friendship are necessary! Also, appreciate your Judas. Their hurt, pain, and betrayal helps you understand just how close the Lord is to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). They, too, are necessary.

Peace and Blessings