Daily Devotional – 10/17/18 “The day of small things!”

Did I tell you that Kisha’s Daily Devotional blog is up for an award? Yes, we are in the top 3 for the Best in Black Awards. I am up against two amazing bloggers and whether I win or not, I am simply grateful for all the votes, shares and followers of this blog. See, this started out as just me sharing my thoughts on Facebook. At the time, there was a minimum to the amount of words you could post so I ventured out to a blog. I’d never done one before but I knew people needed a “Dose of Devotion.” Sure, my devotionals started out long and wordy and with few people reading them but here we are, seven years, 1,596 blog posts, 745 blog followers and a multitude of devotion later. Some of my blogs are being shared in places I probably don’t even know about, they are being viewed all over the world and encouraging to a body of believers; most I don’t know personally. And it is all by God’s grace. Why am I sharing this? Because I need you to have faith in what God has led you to do. I don’t care how small it seems, at the moment, keep pushing. It doesn’t matter if you only get two likes and one comment, keep sharing. I don’t care if you have never preached outside your home church, keep preaching. If you only sale two items or books a week (or month), keep selling. If you have never been invited to share the big stage, keep practicing until it comes. It will pay off.

The question was asked in Zechariah 4:10, “For who has despised the day of small things?” Oh, it doesn’t stop there because the verse continues with, “But these seven eyes of the LORD, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Why are you despising your small beginning when the Lord is rejoicing over you simply being obedient to His call? Why are you despising your small beginning when your sacrifice will pay off, after a while? This verse says, the Lord rejoiced when He saw the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. You know why? Number one, it meant work was being done and number two, it meant Zerubbabel was taking the time to ensure the work was right. See, you can look at something and to the naked eye, it looks straight yet, in measuring you find out it’s not as straight as it portrays to be. Thus a plumb line. Here, a plumb line was a cord with weight on the end used to find the depth of water and to make sure vertical structures are straight and true. Sure, it may cause the work to be slow but at least it’ll be right. Beloved, take your time. Don’t despise the slow start, make sure it’s right. Take your time and stop getting frustrated over the time it’s taking for you to grow. Make sure it’s right. Don’t despise your small thing because it may just detour your big thing.

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Daily Devotional – 10/16/18 “Who are you?”

I watched the movie “Nappily Ever After,” on Netflix last night. Good movie. I absolutely loved the fact, the ending (without giving the movie away) wasn’t like all movies that ends unrealistically. I say this because not every reality ends happily ever after. For those of you who have never heard of this movie, it’s about Violet who has been raised to believe she needs to always be perfect, especially when it comes to her hair. She’s get up extra early to make sure her boyfriend woke up to her being “perfect.” She thought she was giving him what he wanted until he told her, being with her felt like they’d been on their first date for two years. The movie showed how men would stop and look at her when she was perfect but didn’t even bat an eye when she was going through an identity crisis. Reality hit her in the face and it made her take a step back. Won’t life do you like this? But here is what I got from the movie. It wasn’t that men were looking at when she was “perfect” and ignoring her when she wasn’t. They were looking because when she was “perfect” she was bold yet imperfect, she walked as if life was dragging her. In her pursuit for perfection, she was unapologetic and she walked with her head held high but at the first sign of crisis, she folded.

You want to know why? Because she didn’t know the person behind the hair and makeup and when she removed those things, she was forced to come face to face with who she really was. And because she didn’t know her, she didn’t know how to love and embrace her. And for some of us, we are in the same shoes. You’ve had the façade up for so long, pretending to be strong but if the right gust of wind come, it will knock you clean over. You jump from relationship to relationship because you don’t know your identity of singleness to even cuddle it. You walk around smiling, inwardly broken. Helpful to everybody else because you’re afraid of admitting you need help too. You accept every invitation, go to every party, dressing up and playing the part because truth is, you’re afraid of the voices when you’re by yourself and it’s quiet. You don’t know you and that’s dangerous. You don’t know you and that’s detrimental to who you can become. Who are you? No, I mean for real, who are you? When the wig and makeup is off, who are you? When the suit is thrown across the bed, who are you? When the lights are off, who are you? When the church doors are closed, who are you? Without social media, who are you? Without your title, awards and accolades who are you? Do you even know? Bible shares in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”