From a Seed to Full Bloom

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Dear Beloved,

What vision has God planted in your heart? What has He gifted you to do? What interests you? What do you find yourself doing naturally? Get your finger on that one thing. What is it? What if that one thing is all it you need to launch change the trajectory of your life? What if that one thing had the potential to improve the quality of life of those around? Why do you think God planted that seed of greatness in you? God intended for that seed to be nurtured and cultivated. He planned for that seed to germinate and reach it’s full potential. He planned for that seed to sprout and give hope for the future. He planned for that seed bring Him glory. Don’t you know that everything that seed needs to grow is already on the inside of you. It just needs the right conditions to prosper.

What does your seed need? It needs the water of the Holy Spirit. It needs the light of God’s truth and the manna of His word. Then, it has to be planted in the right soil and positioned to receive what it needs. Take heart. The droughts and dark seasons in your life were only for preparation. That’s why you’re still here. Stay put. Stay rooted and grounded. The rain and the sunshine are coming. You will reach full bloom. Then, your beauty will be a reflection of His glory in the earth.

As stated in Isaiah 60:1-2:

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Bloom, my beloved. Stretch out into full bloom. Bloom.

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When darkness falls,

When things are still,

When I’ve put up walls to hide what’s real,

When all seems lost and winds blow to and fro,

When I’m backed up in a corner with nowhere to go,

When deceitful lies bring tears to my eyes,

When it becomes far too much to hide the pain inside,

When I feel I’m losing and see no possibility to win,

You breath life into my soul and it lives again.

When my body is weak and all strength is gone,

The sufficiency of your sweet grace helps me carry on.

When I’ve lived all the life you’ve planned for me to live,

I’ll be forever rested in your bosom for it’s to you my spirit I’ll give.

When that day comes,

Oh what a day.

I’ll stand face to face with the one to whom I’ve prayed.

There’ll be no more sorrow, no not one,

For my work down here will all be done.

Oh what peace, what joy, what hope shall I behold,

And be it all yielded forevermore unto the one who saved my soul.


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The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

Reblogged from Made of Still

This post is all about the joy of the Lord is my strength The Bible tells us that “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10). This is a very popular verse that people can quote effortlessly. It is a verse that has been incorporated into various Christian songs. In this blog post, […]

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength


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My heart has been broken,
My heart has been filled with joy.

My heart has been played with,
As if it were a toy.

My life has been shaken by grief and strained,
My feelings discarded as if they were spare change.

I’ve lain my head in sorrow,
I’ve lain my head in pain.

I’ve felt like I was suffocating,
And would never breathe again.

I have been up,
Lord knows I have been down.

I have smiled,
And I have frowned.

Some have asked me, “What’s in those tears?”,
Many times I couldn’t answer because even I was not clear.

Science says its water, electrolytes, mucus, fat, and proteins,
Some even say their purpose is to moisten and clean.

I guess that could be true because after I let them go, it helps me,
Or they even leave me feeling lighter and more much free.

I could talk forever about all the times I cried,
But the one thing I can tell you is the Father’s been by my side.

He is always there to answer my every cry and call,
Because He is the one who loves me and catches every tear that falls.

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Fighting for Us

The past two weeks, I’ve had to watch my children walk through a very familiar place. They have been in situations where they’ve had to choose their responses and choose their battles. Have you been there? I have many times. Each time, I’ve learned something new about myself and have had to decide whether to respond in anger or walk away. The truth is I’ve been on both sides. I am guilty of doing both. At times, I’ve chosen to operate in my anger as well as humble myself. Although both of them have been tough, I can admit that walking away has been the most rewarding. It has left me in a place of solace with my dignity intact. Also, I’ve been able to experience the delivering power of God and His great concern for His children.

The enemy would have us to believe that walking away is cowardice but I beg to differ. It takes more to restrain yourself than to act out in rage. He knows what we have to lose and the risk that comes with operating in our flesh. So, he uses his vices to distract us, catch us off guard, and trigger us to the point of irrationality. Therefore, we have to be spiritually aware at all times. Most importantly, we need to be able to decide if the battle is ours or the Lord’s.

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

In Exodus 14:13, “Moses tell the people to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”. Today, my friends I echo this same declaration to you in the face of opposition. He is faithful to fight for and deliver us. What are the “Egyptians” in your life? If you allow God to move on your behalf, His word promises you shall NOT see them again.

Why? Because we have a Father who fights for us, constantly waging war against the powers of darkness. and deems us victorious in ALL things.

Armor Up: Part 1

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Ephesians 6: 10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Last Sunday, I heard a message titled,” Built to Last, Dressed to Win”. The reference text came from Ephesians 6:10-17 and focused on the whole armor of God. I would love to go through each piece of the armor. However, I want to focus more on the topic of spiritual warfare. Friends, we are engaged in battle whether we realize it or not. We are fighting for our peace, health(physical, mental, and emotional), families, salvation, faith, and so much more. 

    The truth is we are so enthralled in the natural that we often fail to recognize that a whole new level of warfare is taking place in the spiritual realm. Ephesians 6 and verse 12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. We have a real enemy; it is not one of flesh. Our enemy is Satan. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He comes to steal our joy, peace, and anything else he can get our hands on. That is why we must not be unaware of the enemy’s schemes as instructed in 2 Corinthians 2:11. We cannot afford to be distracted by anything that will keep us from being vigilant and aware of what the enemy sends our way. The Father desires for us to be skillful soldiers in His army. He has given us everything we need to be victorious. He wants us to be able to stand our ground when the enemy comes and tries to invade our lives. 

      One of the things that I love about God is that He is always looking out for us, His children. It’s part of His character as a good father. He prepares us even when we are unaware. I heard that word Sunday morning; the same evening, the enemy attempted to attack my family. Immediately, the Holy Spirit whispered to me, “Armor Up!” and began to remind me of the seed of the word planted in my heart earlier in the day. Although I was a bit baffled, a great sense of peace came over me. My initial response was not to get upset or respond in my flesh. I resolved to hold my peace and stand still to see the salvation of the Lord. That has been my position until this day. When we understand that our enemy is not people but the one behind the scenes orchestrating the attack, we can cover ourselves in what God has given us. We can remain in godly character in the face of opposition. We can pray for those who wrong us and love them anyway. We can allow God to work on our behalf and lead us by the still waters. We can rest in green pastures. 

What battles are you fighting today, my friend? Are you a good soldier? Or have you resorted to fighting in your might and power? Let me tell you. You won’t last in your self. We can only withstand the fiery darts of the enemy in the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:10 tells us to be strong in the Lord and HIS mighty power. Ephesians 6:11 goes on to instruct us to put on the FULL ARMOR of GOD so that we will be able to stand. 

Armor Up, Christian Soldier! Armor Up!

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Trust His Plans

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All of my life, I have been a planner and an overachiever. By the time I was in high school, I had at least the first 20 years of my life mapped out. I would graduate from high school, attend a 4-year university, go to medical school, and become an Ob/Gyn. Thereafter, I would buy a home and travel the rest of my life. How many of you know that my life now resembles less than 50% of the way I planned it? Where was my husband and children? What about my 18-year teaching career and all of the other things I have done in my life? Good question! They were not originally part of my plan. However, they have by far brought the most joy out of me and my life.

Now, let me be honest. I sometimes wonder what my life as a doctor would have been like because I have always been intrigued by science and the human body. That is the reason I decided to pursue a degree in Biology. It is also why I taught science for 18 years. When I think about how God’s plan for my life has evolved since I was 14 years old, I am very grateful. I may not have become a doctor but I have taught numerous students who have become doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals, lawyers, teachers, artists, and so much more. I have been blessed to attend graduations, weddings, baptisms, and baby dedications. Would I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people of all ages and pour into them? Maybe in some other capacity but I am so grateful for what God has done.

I think sometimes we tend to get so focused on what could have been that we forget to live in the moment and recognize what God is currently doing in our lives. When we do, we miss out on the joy of living in the “now” of God’s plan and all of the valuable lessons that He is teaching us. Yes, I could have been a successful physician. Yes, I could have been around the world and back by now. Yes, I may have even had more money than I do right now. But was that God’s plan for my life? If it was, He would have brought it to pass. That is why is so important to not lean to our understanding and to seek Him in every way, so He can direct our paths as instructed in Proverbs 3:5-6. Only He knows what lies ahead and the plans He ultimately has for us. As His children, we have to learn and believe it with our whole hearts. We have to learn to be content in any and every circumstance. We have to be intentional in our gratitude for the life He has blessed us with, even if it doesn’t look like what we imagined.
When we shift the posture of our hearts, our eyes will shift too. We start to see things differently. Then, we can live in expectation and excitement about what lies ahead of us even when fear tries to creep in and rob us of trusting God.

Do you have anything in your life that seems to cause you to worry instead of hope for the future? What do you fear? Maybe things don’t necessarily look like you wanted them to. Don’t lose hope. Don’t allow the enemy to cause you to fall into his trap. He knows your future. So, he desperately desires to distract you from the promises of God. If so, ask God to restore your hope and give you a glimpse of what’s to come. He will do it. Don’t worry about where you are going because God is already there and He has good plans for you.

Rest in His promise found in 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”.

Be blessed!

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God has a way of opening our understanding by using the things of this world. As a child, I would watch the women in my life settle for less in life and relationships. I could never understand how women who I saw as strong and beautiful could allow a man to devalue or mistreat them. As I got older and began to grow into a young woman, I become more and more intentional about what I wanted the landscape of my life to look like. I was determined to not allow anyone, let alone a man to define me as a person or mistreat me.

Although I didn’t see a lot of examples of healthy relationships growing up, God allowed me to see the right way things should be. The more I observed and got into His word, I began to picture what that could look like in my own life. By the time I’d met my husband, I was certain about my expectations in a romantic relationship and was determined to have nothing less. If we aren’t sure of what we want and what God desires for us to have, there is no way we will aspire to live out our divine purpose in every area of our lives. We not only have to knowledgeable of what God desires for us but we must also believe that we are worthy and capable of having it.

I had to learn to love myself and see myself as worthy of the best. That was a process for me because for a long time I allowed the enemy to feed me all of the reasons I wasn’t worthy of love. Isn’t that just like him? He is a liar. He is a thief. He is a deceiver. If we allow him an inch to roll out his lies out in front of us, he will make them a mile long. If we aren’t careful, we will entertain those lies long enough for them to appear as truth. One day, I decided that I was either going to feed myself death or truth. What was I eating? The bread of life or the dish of death. In order for me to flourish, I couldn’t partake of both.

I think we have to examine ourselves daily and take inventory of our lives. How does the life we are living compare to the one God intends for us to have? Sometimes, we can become so desensitized by the cares of this world that we can become disillusioned. We can fall into thinking we are on the right track only to find that we are so far from the truth. I don’t know about you but I’ve often found myself in places spiritually that I didn’t care to be. I had to shake myself. I had to remind myself of who and whose I am. I have a Father who fully knows ad loves me. He knows my faults and failures. He knows strengths and victories. He knows that I am unworthy of His love. Yet, He gives it so freely, unbiased, and abundantly. Why? Because He sees me as worthy of it all inspite of me. He has that same perspective of you, Dear Friend.

If He would go to such great depths to bring us back to Himself, we must be very valuable. So, if the Father of all creation thinks so highly of us, why should we believe less. We must be worthy. Yet, we must know this and grab hold of this truth because our very lives depend in it.

Beloved. you are so worth it. You are W-O-R-T-H-Y.

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Power In His Name

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Last Wednesday, I was on my way home from picking my children up from school early due to the winter storm. We were slowly crossing a bridge when I lost control of the car, spun out, and hit the wall. As we were about to hit the wall a second time, I called out, “Jesus”. Immediately, the car stopped. I checked to see if my children were okay. They were fine. In a few seconds, another car came speeding past us as we were still sitting in the car. My daughter said,” Mom, we need to get out of the car now because they are going to hit us.” I turned the hazard lights on, grabbed the umbrella, and we all got out of the car in the 20 degrees, freezing rain, and quickly made our way across the street. My son was walking behind my daughter and me. As soon as our feet hit the sidewalk, a car came through speeding and spun out. I yelled out to him to hurry because it looked like the car was heading our way. Then, a truck and van followed. Both vehicles spun, hit one another, and preceded to hit the wall. All of this occurred within feet of my car. However, my car was left untouched. I called 911 and told them we had been in an accident. A nearby officer came. We told him what had just happened. He asked if we were alright and proceeded to get to the bridge to stop the traffic as all three vehicles were still on the bridge.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Roman 10:13 KJV

As we stood out in the freezing rain and waited for the officer to get the situation under control, all I could do was praise God for keeping us and allowing us to walk away unharmed. My daughter looked at me and said, “Mom, we were about to hit the wall again but the car just stopped.” I asked her if she heard what I said right before it stopped. I told her that I called on the name of Jesus and the car stopped spinning. I told both of my children that there is POWER in the name of Jesus. I wanted to use that moment to show them that we can call on His name in times of trouble and every day for whatever we need.

Romans 10:13 says, “whosoever calls upon His name SHALL be saved.” We often use this verse in terms of salvation, but it is appropriate for everything. I have been in moments of deep despair and pain where His name has been my healing. I have felt the weight of heartbreak or been in moments where I had no words, but I called on His name and His peace came in like a flood. There is no other name in heaven and earth that has the power to break the grip of sin and set the captive free. There is no other name that we can call on which makes demons tremble and pushes back the darkness. We may have people we can pick up the phone and call but they may or may not be available. Yet, when we call on Him, He is faithful to answer. By what name are we baptized, our sins blotted out, and we receive the Holy Ghost? Is there another name that washes, sanctifies, and justifies us? Whose name is mighty, everlasting, wonderful, and full of peace? There is no other name greater than that of Jesus. There is power in His name. Something happens when we call Him.

Friends, I want to encourage you and challenge your faith today. Instead of calling everyone else in times of trouble and putting our faith in man, call on the name of the Father. He is willing, ready, and able to show up on our behalf. I am so glad that we can have direct access to the King of Kings and the Creator of the Universe. We have the privilege of coming directly to the Throne of Grace and getting whatever we need.

Call on Him! He will answer.

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Count Up the Cost

Earlier today, I sat down to reflect on my weekend. Immediately, I began to think about where each of our three children are in their lives. All of them have goals that they are working towards. Our oldest son is taking classes and has been training our youngest along with a few of his friends in football. Our daughter graduates from high school in June and will begin college in the fall. Our youngest son is adjusting to being a teenager and preparing to transition into high school in the Fall. As I was thinking about how each of them are doing, I began to thank God for what He was doing in their lives.

Then, I began to pray for them. The first thing I asked was that He open doors for them and immediately the Holy Spirit asked me,”What good is the door if I’m not on the other side of it?” That brought everything to a halt. My mind started to ponder that question and my prayer adjusted. I began to pray and ask God to not only open the doors but walk with them through them. Why? If the door is in His will and a result of His leading, the door can’t help but be blessed. Where He leads, His blessings follow. Let me rephrase that He provides where He leads. Our milk and honey is where the Father leads. Our manifested, exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think is there. His peace and joy are there. There is wholeness there as well.

How many times have we asked for open doors and not asked for the one who opens doors no man can shut? I remember when I left my job in 2018. I knew it was time but I wanted to make sure that it was a God thing. I knew that it was going to take faith and a great deal of obedience. I also knew that I had to ready to accept what came with a closed door. What did I do? I shut in. I prayed until God spoke. Then, I moved. I have been blessed every since.

God reminded me today that not only do we need to pray but we need to be specific with our prayers. We pray for open doors. Why? What good is the door is it going to bring us grief and drive us away from God? What does it profit us or our children to gain the world if our souls are lost? Nothing. I want Him and only what He desires for my life as well as theirs. If He is what we are seeking, then the open doors will come? What are you asking God for and why? What do you want it for? Is I worth it? Count up the cost. Are you willing to lose your comfort to gain it? Is it motivated by God or your own desires? Count up the cost.

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