Let’s Trust Him

Our heavenly Father desires to empower each of us to close every door the enemy is using to gain access to our lives. Through complete surrender and yieldedness to Him, we can close those doors and find the peace and sound mind we are longing for. The things that the Lord highlights or puts His loving finger on for us to relinquish are not to rob from us, but to bring us into greater freedom. He knows exactly what is holding us back, tormenting us or robbing us of our destiny and only He has the answer to free us and set us on our course to wholeness. Let’s trust Him, for He has the perfect life in mind for us.

Heavenly Father I surrender all to You, have Your way in me. Teach me, show me how to live in Your abundance. I want to live the life You created me for.

Who I Want to Be

How do we define the person we want to be? We accumulate ideas, thoughts, and perceptions as we journey through the ups and downs of this life that help or hinder us from becoming that person. It can be perplexing at times to find that the person we desire to be is often created by the events, if given the option, we would choose to avoid.

I have an ideal that I wish to live in; a vision of which I would like my life to mirror; heroes of whom I would like to be numbered with; and yet, it all just seems to come down to choices. One right choice built upon another. The continued process of putting one foot in front of the other to accomplish one goal at a time. Many times it is just a single choice of choosing to get up after one of many falls or the choice to stand when one feels like falling.

If we could each determine to stand as Jesus did while He was here on earth, we could create a world that our children could also have the choice to stand, live in vision and enjoy the perplexities of a life fully lived.

As we get up each day choosing to live a life that is pleasing to our Creator we become the person He created us to be and thus enjoy a life fully lived.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Let Love talk the Loudest

It is important to acknowledge as Christians we should all be desiring the same things: A close intimate walk with God; to fulfill our God given destinies; to live life as Jesus did impacting all those around us for Gods glory. What we can sometimes forget is to give grace to those who maybe get there a little differently than we do or their priorities and focus at one time or another may not pattern ours. Lets determine to focus on who God is wanting to be in and through our own lives and not try to be god in the life of others.

HOPE for 2015!

As another year has come to a close, I ponder over the events of the past year and realize so much still feels undone. How did another year pass by? So, what do I do with all these mixed emotions? I have many great memories of time shared with friends and family, it has been a year full of testimonies of the goodness of God, of break through and change in many of the lives of the people closest to me. I have gained so much from new relationships and new found friends. However, in my own life, I feel I have fallen short of what was possible. I think of the things I’ve put off, put on the back shelf or just thought maybe tomorrow. There are also things that have been out of my control, which I had hoped for in this past year that unfortunately, have not yet come to pass. As I count my blessings this year what do I do with the disappointments as to avoid carrying them into the next year allowing them to contaminate my hopes for 2015? I think on ways I can improve, I make a list of what is too important to put off any longer, I prioritize my list of resolutions and I again meditate on what my hopes and dreams are. Then I determine to silence the nagging voice in my head that says, “You tried all of this before”. Ultimately, I have to place every disappointment, every unrealized dream, and every unfulfilled promise at the feet of Jesus. II must repent for the times I dropped the ball, let discouragement take root or listened to what the enemy said about me or my situation instead of what God was saying through His word or the voice of someone who cared for me. Now, that I have repented of anything that would hold me back, I ask the Lord to wash over me and cleanse me from any residue of past failures and to renew a right spirit within me so that I can fully commit 2015 to God and trust that He is in control and will direct my steps.

I say, “Lord have Your way in me this year. Guide me into Your will, Your truth, Your way and teach me what I need to know to fulfil all that you have created me for. Lord, empower me to live a life of love, hope, and faith this year as I encourage others in the same.”

Will you join me in releasing the burdens of last year and taking hold of an exciting new year? Will you be willing to risk stepping into the unknown to take hold of something greater than experienced before? For His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. I know as we press on we will obtain all that we have dreamed of.

“This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentation 3: 21-24

Dream Again!

What does it mean to dream? It is simply to visualize where you see yourself in the future. We are encouraged through scripture that, “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). The problem is some of us are afraid to imagine. We are afraid of being disappointed so we have stopped hoping. Let’s start to hope again and dream again by imagining a life where everyone around us is encountering the power, love and presence of God through us. Let’s see what God can do with that dream!

Jesus is the one constant…

Tuesday night I had an amazing evening with my son Joshua at a Blues concert he took me to. We enjoyed a nice Bart ride out to San Francisco then chowed down on southern creole while taking in such incredible talent. I enjoyed every sound, every smell, every taste and especially that I was sharing it with my son. I felt so blessed and that everything was right in the world.

Wednesday night I sat in a church surrounded by people in despair, full of questions and broken hearted as we laid to rest my friend’s son. A 15 year old boy that must have felt that nothing was right in the world because he decided to take his own life.  In this night I listened to the sounds of tears and songs sang to try and somehow bring comfort to a mourning mother. People drank mountain dew and ate pecan pie because those were his favorites. We watched a slide show of years gone by of a sweet boy who will never again share an evening out with his mother.

How can I have such a perfect evening followed by such a heart wrenching evening? Unfortunately, this is the pattern of life. We have good days and we have bad days. One moment we feel happy and full of life then a cross word is spoken and in an instant sadness can engulf us. Sometimes we feel blessed other times we feel cursed. Life at times can feel like a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. We try and cling to those moments of happiness praying they will last forever but deep down knowing they always come to an end.

So, what do we do? We cling to the One who never changes. We cling to the One- Jesus Christ that in happiness, sadness, confusion, or pain can always bring peace and sustaining joy in the knowledge that He will cause all things to somehow work together for our good if we will put our trust in him. Happiness comes and goes but the joy of the Lord becomes our strength. He promises us peace that surpasses all understanding. In the good and bad, place your life in His hand knowing that He alone can sustain us and bring hope in the midst of a world that is so unpredictable.

 

Joy: is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart.

Our joy remains because our minds our stayed on Him and our hearts are full of His love.

Happy: feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.

Happiness comes and goes as we experience the special pleasures of life and love.

Only through Jesus can we have joy through all of life’s ups and downs….He will sustain us.

Put your trust in Jesus for He loves you with an everlasting love that can heal, restore and renew.

Jesus is the one constant.

No to Status Quo!

Do you ever feel like you are capable of so much more and yet seem to be bumping up against some invisible ceiling that keeps you held down to a status quo? You may excuse it with thoughts like “I produce as much as others I know” or maybe you think, “I’m more productive than most of my friends”. But, deep down you know there is more. And when did we decide our standard of living was based on someone else’s level of productivity or lack thereof. My question is, “God, what capacity did you create me to function in and help me to fully develop, fully create, and fully produce in this life to my fullest capacity?” If we as Christians all began our day with that thought, I wonder what God could do with our lives and I wonder what impossibilities could become possibilities. For with God nothing is impossible. So, let’s bust through that false ceiling by aligning our thoughts with His thoughts and seeing what He has to say about our capabilities.