Necessary

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statues”
Psalm 119:71

Already at the beginning of this a New Year most of us if not all of us have already experienced some type of loss, hurt, pain, betrayal and disappointment. With extreme anxiety, panic attacks, depression and fear.

By the end of January people were ready to give up and throw in the towel. I had seen post that said, “Thank you January for a good year.” Because of the magnitude of their afflictions, they have already counted out the rest of the year.

Today’s Word

af-flic-tion
suffering, distress, pain, trouble, misery, hardship, misfortune, adversity, sorrow, torment, anguish, grief

“We are troubled on every side, yet not destressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body”

2 Corinthians 4:8-10

In life we will experience things coming from all different directions and sometimes several things all at once, but yet God will give us peace even in the midst of our strom. Life happens to us all and there are somethings that will throw us for a loop, have us straching our head, baffled, puzzled and confused. But because our hope and our faith lies in Jesus Christ we we don’t become desperate, thirsty and hungry after the wrong things.

Have you ever been talked about, lie on, cheated, used and abused, but when you look around God was still there. He promised that he would never leave us nor forsake us and He is always true to his word. Even in times when things are not going well in your life know that God has not forgotten about you. Though we are tossed too and fro, thrown away, disregarded and rejected, I find the strength to push through because I know though the weapons may form, they want prosper.

As Jesus hung on the cross he had a moment where He questioned God, but he said not my will, but thine will be done. He said, “IT IS FINISHED”, hung his head and gave up the Ghost. Now as a believer we have to walk out the finsh work on the Cross. So in the end we still win. God will complete the work that he has started in us, but we have to participate in the plan that he has for our lives.

NECESSARY…

Despite our afflictions when we trust in Jesus Christ we are able to overcome and conquer the very things that should have taken us out. Through these scriptures I found encouragement and strength of some of the things that I will experience even while going through, if I faint not.

Psalms 34:19 Deliverance
2 Corinthians 12:9 Grace
1 Corinthians 10:13 Way of escape
Romans 8:18 His Glory revealed
Roman’s 5:3-4 Patience, Experience & Hope
Philipians 4:13 I can
James 5:11 Mercy
Psalms 22:24 Continual Praise
John 16:33 Peace

So why in the world would a God want us to go through affliction?

NECESSARY…

When David the Psalmist talked about “it was good for me that I have been afflicted” he was referencing to the fact of the change that it was vrearing within him. No, it didn’t feel good, no he didn’t like it, nor appreciated it initially, but yet it allowed him to know God in a different way.

There were 3 continual prayers through out David’s journey which were:

1. Psalms 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in my mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”
In order for God’s word to be hidden in his heart, meant he had to learn it, study it, meditate, contemplate, ponder, consider, reflect, digest on it day and night. Because of his love for God, his desire more than anything in the world was to know him and to please him by keeping his commandments.

2. Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
Through God’s word it will give us clarity, direction, a guide and a light even when the path seems dark. In Psalm 23 it talks about the Lord being a shepherd, so even if you were to get off of the path his word will be like a GPS sytem and put us back on track. We have to be willing to follow his direction and his plan for our life even when we don’t understand or the way seems is unsure.

3. Psalms 119:133 “Order my steps in Your Word: And let not any iniquity have dominion over me”
He wanted God’s word to guide him, to align him and to not allow anyone’s wicked, sinful, evil, scandalist, unjust, and unfair actions of man to overtake him.

NECESSARY…

In keeping God’s commandments David knew that that he would be blessed,
obtain favor from the Lord, peace that passeth all thy understanding, power to overcome and conquer, joy unspeakable, strength to endure, freedom from bondage, hope for the future, comfort in the midst while going through, no shame, reverence, a thankful heart, a worshipful heart, clarity, renewed mind, healed, etc.

It is through the pressing together that the oil in your life is manifested. So when you feel the pressure or the fire might intensify, it is because God is pruining and refining you into something greater. Don’t be overcomed, but overcome through Christ Jesus.

Song List

I am who I am today
Because God used my mistakes
He worked it for my good
Like no one else ever could
God told me to tell
It was NECESSARY

Necessary by Fantasia & Dennis Reed

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Uniquely Me

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands

2 Timothy 1:6

I was sitting in a training class the other day and we were given these pipe cleaners. At break time we were asked to use them to be creative if we wanted to. I looked at them, got an idea and went with it. I have never used them before, but my artistic juices started flowing.

Everyone was looking in amazement. It’s not perfect and I wasn’t doing it for anyone’s approval, but it was mine and I was proud of it. I activated what was pulling on the inside of me.

In each of us we have been given the power to create and especially as women to make whatever is given to us better and to reproduce. What has God placed in your hands?

Many times we have been given the chance and the opportunity to use what God has placed on the inside of us. But because of fear, doubt, insecurities or whatever the reason that may cause us not to take that step of faith we take a backseat instead.

In this season don’t ignore the thing or things that you know that you should be doing, even if you have to do it afraid. Somebody needs and is waiting on what you have to offer. It could be the very thing to save their life.

Song List

Lord I’m Available To You by Melinda Watts

Looking Beyond What I See




2 Corinthians 4:8-18

” We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;


It is only 23 days into the New Year and yet some if not most of us have already experienced some type of loss, hurt, pain, trauma, heartache, disappointment, misunderstanding, betrayal, etc. So to the point that you are already trying to rush the year through, throwing your up your hands as a sign of giving up or even wanting to throw in the towel already. Even in the midst of all of what seems to be a year that has already not started on the right foot, yet there is something on the inside of me that is pushing me to keep moving forward.

I was reminded this morning in a song by John Lakin that says:Things are going to get better
Things are going to get better
Don’t be discouraged by what it seems
God gave me a promise if I just believe. Things are going to get better, better for me.

Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things that are not seen”

Faith is…seeing beyond the very thing I am currently seeing or experiencing in my present state.

This is going to be the year where our Faith is really going to be tested and challenged to see if we truly stand and if we truly. Though we say it out of our mouth, does our life exemplify the very thing in which we speak. We aren’t going to be able to say it and not live it, speak it and not be in alignment. What got us to this point will not be the thing alone that will keep us or take us to the next level in God. We are going to have to “Man Up” as they say and increase upon the things that got us to this point.

I am encouraged in knowing that because God gave me a promise and if I would just believe and trust his plan for my life, that he will complete the work that he has began in me.

Refocus your eyes and your attention back to God and watch him work it all out for your good. Follow his plan and His instructions. It is going to cost you something in this season, but don’t worry it will be worth it in the end.

Song List
“The Promise” by John Lakin
https://youtu.be/SUJKG5fjQE8

The Bump In The Road

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Galatians 5:7

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth

Thought For The Day

Friday Night I was traveling to Richmond, V.A. and we had just passed the state sign saying, “Welcome to Virginia”. I had yelled out, “Yes” because I knew we were almost to our destination.

Maybe 30 minutes or so after that Pastor Lacy said, what is that and as I looked all I saw was the tail end of something as it hit the front of the car and heard the bumps as it went underneath the car. I looked back in my rear view mirror, but I didn’t see anything.

It all happened so fast. It was as if someone literally threw something at the car. We were trying to figure out what in the world did we just hit. It had to have been a deer or something. It threw me for a loop because I wasn’t expecting that at all.

When we finally got to the hotel we got out and looked at the car and we saw the evidence of what had to be a deer. The front of the car was damaged. I was grateful to God that he spared our lives, because had we not been in a bigger car it would have been a little different. But yet, my heart was sad.

Needless to say I didn’t sleep well that night. I started thinking about the what if’s. I also wondered if the deer made it out ok. I had never hit a deer before, so I was a little traumatized. I prayed that it was ok.

When I woke up the next morning I was still trying to analyze what had happened and I heard the Lord say,

Don’t panic, it’s just a bump in the road

One of the things I dislike most about speed bumps is that I feel they are so unnecessary. Especially if I am in a hurry to get somewhere. Sometimes there are just too many in the same location. I even sometimes forget they are there until I run up on them. However, I do realize that those speed bumps were created in areas where we need to slow down.

Even though the speed bumps are permanent fixtures within the road, they only cause you to temporarily slow down. The only things that becomes permenent in our lives are the ones that we choose to.

Have you ever had anything happen in your life that caused a slight delay. It caused you to stop, pause, think and reflect. Maybe it even has caused you some discomfort, some pain, some heartache, some scars and some bruises. There are some things that can happen to us in life that will totally catch us off gaurd and if we aren’t careful it will keep us from moving forward.

God simply reminded me that the bumps I am experiencing in my life are only temporary and he’s using them to create a greater purpose in my life. As hard and as challenging as the process can sometimes be, we must remain focused and keep going.

Reflection

What are some of your bumps in the road? Have some of those bumps hindered you from moving forward? Are there areas in your life where you might need to slow down?

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for who you are in all of your glory. I am grateful that in spite of the detours, delays and mishaps they didn’t cause me to check out before my time. Thank you that you have a purpose for everything that happens in my life and that you are causing them all to work together for my good.

Song List

“It Is Well” by Tori Kelly

GET BACK UP AGAIN

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For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes”

Proverbs 24:16-18

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT

Several weeks ago my two youngest children had their last track meet. My baby girl, came in 4th place for the season and she was heartbroken. After she calmed down, I asked her to re-evaluate her performance. She admitted to not starting off good, she wasn’t focused and she didn’t give her best. I then had her reflect on the track season as a whole. She concluded that she did a very good for her 1st year and had something to be proud of.

Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down

and got back up again.

Nelson Mandela

Sometimes we can be very hard on ourselves when we feel we’ve missed the mark, made a mistake or failed in some way. We forget about our accomplishments as well as others which at times will keep us from trying again. It is not, however, how many times you fall, it’s how you get back up from the fall that will determine where you go next.

It takes a lot of courage to get back up and to keep going, but that’s what overcomer’s do. Though the weight seems heavy at times and the crowd dies down, there is someone that is depending on your survival. Your survival gives instructions or is used as a guide for someone else to win.

Quitters never win and winners never quit. Get back up and keep going.

PRAY

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for not judging me when I haven’t always gotten things just right. I am grateful that you have never given up on me. When I stumble and fall, I am grateful for your grace and mercy that allows me to get back up again.

REFLECT

Where have you fallen in life? How might God be encouraging you to rise again?

Song List:

Appeal by Kirk Franklin – Hero

Beloved Women Daily Devotions

https://www.belovedwomen.org/get-back-up-again/

MOVING FORWARD

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“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ” Philippians 3:14

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT

One day I was driving in the pouring rain and I could barely see. People were pulling onto the side of the road but I kept going. By the time I got home, the rain stopped. Storms, no matter how bad, don’t come to stay, they will eventually pass over.

Have you ever found yourself in a place where every time you take a step forward, you seemed to get knocked two steps back? Life happens to us all and sometimes it catches us off guard, but no matter what, you have to keep going! Press on toward the goal of hearing God say, “Well done!” Giving up could mean that we would not fulfill all that God is calling us to do.

PRAY

Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes I admit it seems easier to quit than to keep moving forward. The thing that causes me to keep going is knowing that your will for my life is best for me. On my darkest days, help me to remember your promises for me. In Jesus Name Amen!

REFLECT

What are some obstacles in your life that are keeping you from moving forward? How might God be leading you to surrender them to Him?

Song List

Moving Forward by G.I.

Be The Light

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In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 ESV

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT

The other day as I was going into Starbucks, a lady smiled at me as I entered so I spoke. I had no idea who she was, but thought it was the polite thing to do. While I was waiting on my order the lady asked if I was a believer?

“Yes,” I replied back and smiled. She then said, “I could tell because my spirit bore witness with yours.” She introduced herself and we went on about our day.

The light we carry should be evident to others. It should be so bright that it draws others that may not even know us to Christ. People may never walk inside of a church, but your life will be the only bible that some people will ever read. It’s not what we say alone, but how we live our lives each and every day.

PRAY

Dear Heavenly Father, I am grateful that you chose me, in spite of my flaws. I pray that as I draw closer to you that you will become the image that they see. In Jesus Name Amen

REFLECT

What is preventing others from seeing the light of Christ in your life?

When people look at your life, they should be inspired. They can be mentored from a far and you not even know it. We can be the difference that causes people to change.

Song List

“I Am Light” by India Arie