I’m schedule to have my annual eye exam in a few weeks. I praying that my eyesight hasn’t gotten worst. I really don’t want to buy any new lens/glasses. I’m nearsighted and last year I was told I should get bifocals. Bifocals are lenses that have two focal points. In other words it would help me with seeing things near and far. For now, I trust in my single vision lenses but they aren’t enough. I have to take my glasses on and off all the time which puts me at risk at losing my glasses (which I do all the time 😩).
In thinking about the work of bifocals, I started thinking about our Faith in God. In the natural we can SEE and focus on things with our eyes which is one focal point, but in the Spirit we must rely on spiritual lenses which focuses on things you can’t SEE with your eyes but you know exist. Those things that have been promised by God. This could be compared to those things that are considered far way, not clearly visible but you know they exist.
This week I challenge everyone to rely on your spiritual lenses – your Faith. Trust in God’s promises and believe what He has told you through his word regardless of what you see or cannot see. Ask God for a spiritual eye exam. Let Him adjust your focus, but more importantly allow him to be your focus and your focal point. God knows and sees all! (2nd Corinthians 5:7 MSG Bibl
Did you know that you are special? Do you know that you were fearfully and wonderfully made? You, yes you, were uniquely designed and created with a purpose. You are needed on that job, in that family, in that community. Somebody is counting on you to show up and show out. You are somebody’s cheerleader, mentor, friend, lifeline. soulmate, encourager, confidence, strength and their alter ego! Yes, you are the bomb!! You make a difference in someone’s life and that’s why you have to keep doing you and being the very best you – you can be!
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of who we are and whose we are. God created you in his image. He formed you in your mother’s womb and His divine hand was upon you from the very beginning. You are a valuable asset to God with unique gifts and talents.
As we start the new year thinking about all the things we can do better this year also embrace all the things you already do that are GREAT! Remain humble and thankful, but give God a shout out for YOU! (Psalm 139:14). God bless.
Happy New Year! It’s 2020. The beginning of a new decade. Many of us have already identified new year resolutions and goals. One that is often at the top of the list is to get healthy/fit or to lose weight. For some it’s to save money or strengthen family relationships. All of those things are good and we should set goals that will make us better inside and out. However, we should also use this time to embrace the “newness” or what is to come. Things we don’t have control over but stand ready to receive. What does that really mean? New opportunities, new friendships and new challenges. God has great things in store for you and they may not be what you write down as a priority or as a resolution. God’s plans are always the best plans and what he springs forth in your life is what will survive and grow.
I challenge everyone this year to allow God to be your new beginning everyday. This starts by seeking him first and then writing in the planner or journal. Allow God to rearrange and repurpose your will. Allow God to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you can imagine in 2020!
I’m a huge sports fan. I like just about every sport and one of my favorites is boxing. Yes, boxing! I’m not a fan of seeing people brutally beaten or injured but I like to see the will and spirit of people contending for victory. In others words, giving all that they have to ensure they finish and win. Good boxers use their hands, strength, mind, mouth, and corner coach to win the fight. Even if they lose according to the judge, they quickly ask for a rematch.
This week, month, year or decade may have been tough for you, but remember to keep fighting. Remain a contender! Don’t give up and don’t give in. Ask for a rematch and this time use your mouth and hands as symbols of praise to hit (hopefully a knock out punch) the enemy. Use your mind to focus on things God has already promised you, like victory! Use your strength which is the power you have through God’s spirit. Also, listen to your coach in your corner – Jesus! Remember he sees what you can’t see while you are fighting. He’s instruction and guidance guarantee a win. Fight for a better day, a better relationship, a better job, a better whatever. You have it in you because you are a contender. (Jude 1:1-4).
Recovery from any type of sickness, surgery, or painful event (physical or emotional) takes time. Especially, if you have cuts, scars or wounds. Oddly enough, you can look really good on the outside but still be suffering, hurting or healing inside.
My doctor shared with me that muscles, nerves and immune systems need time to heal. Time to get stronger and healthy to ensure the best recovery. Do you know that the best recovery may not be a “full” recovery? Honestly, a full recovery is difficult. When something has been altered or changed for the better, then “full” recovery is viewed a differently. In some cases, you are better than your original state and in other cases your recovery might be the best possible outcome which may not be full recovery. In either case, you can recover but it takes time.
This is a busy season and many of us will spend a lot to time taking care of everybody else. Today, I encourage everyone to take some time to take care of you. Take the time to allow your heart, mind and soul to heal, be strong, get healthy and to recover! (Psalm 147:3) Blessings!!!
We had an awesome message on Sunday from an awesome speaker entitled “What in Hell do you want?”. I’m 100% sure that everyone present came to the same conclusion that there was nothing we wanted in Hell and that Heaven definitely has what we want.
Since Sunday, I’ve had Heaven on my mind. Especially, the things that I would want which is everything Heaven has to offer. A few specific things came to mind: no sickness, no worries, my mansion, the sound of Angels singing all day long and the ability to see God!
I’m glad I know what I want in Heaven, but I also thought about whether I was what Heaven wanted. Remember the question: “What in Hell do you want?” Flip it: “What in You does Heaven want?” My answers: Me and my worship unto God! You and your worship unto God. Exactly, what we were created to do!
Live the rest of the week and the rest of your life like your Heaven bound. Your actions my lead others to the same destination one day! (Revelations 21:1-5) God bless.
I don’t wear much perfume, but when I come across a fragrance I like I can’t help but buy it. When I spray that mist from the bottle, the pleasant and pleasing smell makes me feel good and even gives me confidence. Again, I not only smell good, I feel good!
For me, the perfume is a pleasant aroma and a silent way to let people know you are in the room. God is a lot like that. A pleasant aroma in our midst that silently speaks to us and others in a way that certainly gets attention. When God is in our midst and His Spirit is our hearts, we look good, smell good and we display a level of confidence that is obvious to everyone we encounter.
This week I encourage you to be that pleasant aroma and presence in room that will draw people to you! Maybe they will say or ask, “I love that perfume. What are you wearing?” or “You are such a kind and confident person. How do you stay so positive and upbeat?” Be ready to share your fragrance but also be ready to share your FAITH! (2 Corn. 2:14-16 NLT) Have a bless week!
My granddaughter is in Pre-K 4 and each day she is given a number that represents her behavior. The numbers range from 1 – 10 with “10” being the BEST score. The “10” represents a great day. A great day is based on her being on task, actively listening to teachers, getting along with others and being courteous. I’m pleased to say that most days she gets a “10” and when she does, she can’t wait to tell everybody. She’s excited and full of joy! Now, on those days when she doesn’t get a “10” she really doesn’t have a lot to say about school. The funny thing is my 4-year granddaughter already knows how much of a disappointment it is to her and to others that care about her when she doesn’t get a “10”. So much so, that she doesn’t even want to talk about her day. But, the truth of the matter is whether my granddaughter gets a 1 or 10, I love her the same and want to hear about her day. I want to be able to encourage her to have a better day tomorrow. I want her to understand why she didn’t get the “10”. I want her to tell me what was going on or why she didn’t get a “10”. I don’t want her to shut down and I never want her to feel like her day was so bad that she couldn’t talk about it.
Quite frankly, I’m a lot like my granddaughter. I try to get a “10” everyday, but sometimes I miss the mark. Well, I miss it a lot more than my granddaughter does. Like my granddaughter, I too shut down and try not to talk about my day. But, you know what – God wants to hear about your day! He cares about what you do right and what you do wrong and He wants to encourage you to have a better day, a better tomorrow! He never wants you or I to shut down. He loves us unconditionally and whether we are a “10” or “-10”, he loves us the same. Go get your “10” tomorrow or have fun trying and tell GOD all about your day! He looks forward to talking to you, just I like do with my granddaughter. God Bless!
Over the last few days I’ve experienced so many different emotions. Happiness, sadness, anger, compassion, fear, anxiety, victory, defeat and peace. Talk about going through the motions. Although I was all over the place, there was one thing that remained the same and constant in my life – God! Through every emotional rollercoaster ride He’s been right there. Sometimes we may not see or feel Him, but HE is there.
This week remember that God is with you! He is present and active in your life. Again, He is with you! When we are mindful of His presence we start to look for him and our confidence grows. Our peace, our joy and our strength is renewed. Look for God today, I’m sure you will find him.😊God bless you! (Psalm 139:7)
Yesterday is in the history books. Did you get everything you wanted completed? Is there something you want to change from yesterday? Is there someone you forgot to call to check on or to say “I love you”? Good news for you, today you get another chance. Second chances are so undervalued and underappreciated. Second chances afford you with experience as you approach new opportunities. Do you get what I’m saying? You can try something again, but now you have more insight and knowledge about a situation or thing based on what you did the 1st time around. Don’t ever take a “2nd chance” for granted. For some you, that 2nd chance is an opportunity for a better relationship with a family member, an opportunity to apologize, a new job, a new lease on life, a pursuit of a dream or a goal.
Due to my imperfections, I’ve learned to appreciate 2nd chances (sometimes 3rd and 4th chances as well 😊). I don’t always get it right. I’m constantly relying on God’s mercy and forgiveness. I’m valuable in the eyes and heart of God, regardless of how many times it takes for me to “get it right”. He gives us limitless chances to be bless and to bless others. Don’t let yesterday’s failures or mistakes keep you from appreciating today’s new opportunities – your 2nd chance. We all do better when we know better!!! (Lamentations 3:21-23)