Daily Devotional – 6/17/19 “Blooming time!”

My grandmother loves gardening, whether it’s flowers or vegetables, she’s always been able to grow whatever. However, there’d be times I’d see her pruning a plant or flower that looked dead, to me. She’d be breaking up the soil, adding water and clipping dead leaves and the entire time I’m saying, “why is she dealing with that dead stuff.” Here’s what I grew to realize. It looked dead to me because I wasn’t trained to know, it wasn’t that plant’s season to bloom. Grams knew therefore, she’d spend time pruning and preparing a plant, I thought was dead. And somebody, you’re looking at the seeds you’ve planted and trying to figure out why, although they’re growing, they look dead – it isn’t blooming time yet. You’re trying to understand why you aren’t receiving any of the things you’ve been asking God for – it isn’t blooming time yet. Yea, I know you’re tired and thinking about giving up but stay grounded. See, had grandma bothered those flowers, that looked dead to me, she would have disturbed their roots, risking their chance of blooming. So, you beloved, stay grounded and don’t disturb your roots. There’s something going on, inside, that’s setting you up for blooming time.

Yes, to the untrained eye it may look dead, but we serve a God who can breathe life into dry bones and they’ll live. All you must do is hold on and trust God’s harvesting schedule. I know you’re looking at your checking account and thinking about another check advance but wait, don’t disturb the roots. You’re looking at the circumstances and want to reply to that text but wait, don’t disturb the roots. I know you’re anxious but beloved, a flower knows when to bloom because of a gene that’s within them. It tells them, “Wake up, it’s time to bloom,” and the plant starts making leaves/flowers. You’ve been blessed with a gene, too, it’s called the Holy Spirit and when it’s time, He’ll shake you and say, “Get up, it’s time to bloom.” Bloom, a verb that means, “to mature into achievement of one’s potential.” I know you’re tired but wait because in due time, the Holy spirit will tap you and say, “Get up son/daughter, its blooming time.” If you wait, until blooming time, you’ll see the evidence of God manifesting. Doors, you didn’t knock on, will start opening. Things you didn’t ask for, you’ll receive. You’ll be extended invitations by folk you didn’t even know knew you. Your ministry will overflow, and you’ll stand in places you’ve only dreamt of … IN YOUR SEASON OF BLOOM. Stop rushing the process because if you bloom too early, you could do more harm than good. Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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Daily Devotional – 6/7/19 “Remove the sign!”

In my book, Dear God: Hear My Prayer, I shared a message about the Do Not Disturb Sign. In this message, I wanted you to know that when you surrender to God, you remove the block you’ve placed on Him. A block that is like placing a Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door. If the sign is there, the housekeeper can’t come in and do what he or she has a responsibility to do. When this happens, you choose to keep whatever trash, dirty towels and unchanged bed sheets that have accumulated during your stay. However, when the sign is removed, the housekeeper is then able to remove the trash, give you clean towels, change the dirty linens and make your room habitable again. For somebody, today, it’s time you remove the Do Not Disturb sign from your heart and let God in. I know, you’re looking at the mess and you’re embarrassed but baby, God is there to clean, not to condemn. Sure, you allowed things to get out of hand and you’re afraid of the damage that has been done. You’re thinking about how much, this is going to possibly cost you because it’s your name on the bill but beloved, it’s already paid.

All God needs is for you to open the door and give Him permission to do what He promised He would. Aren’t you tired of living in the dirty conditions? Aren’t you tired of trying to make the trash smell good? Are you not tired of throwing stuff under beds and in closets? Are you not tired of sleeping in a dirty bed and covering up with a blanket of burdens? What I mean is, aren’t you tired of masking the stench of bad relationships that plague us like the smell of unemptied garbage cans, the stink of soul ties that cling to us like dirty linens, the addictions that linger like a ring around the tub or the dishonest decisions that hurt us as much as a bill for a damaged hotel room. If you are, then it’s time you remove the sign and let the housekeeper in by declaring like David in Psalm 51:2, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin,” (‘Throughly’ is spelled this way in King James means in a way that penetrates fully and completely). If you don’t, you do realize, the housekeeper will keep passing your room, right? As long as the sign is there, He’ll continually walk by because He can’t force you to receive what comes along with the accommodations of choosing Him. Will you remove the sign and let God in?

Psalm 32:5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.”