Daily Devotional – 2/15/18 “Have mercy God!”

Y’all, there is something wrong. When another teenager can take a loaded rifle into a school and murder others, there is something wrong. When violence, in our communities are on the rise, there is something wrong. When the prison systems are being filled to capacity yet there is no money for reforming our youth AND adults, there is something wrong. When a person can get harsher punishment for marijuana than they can for murder and molestation, something is wrong. When bars are filled but parent/teacher meetings are empty, there is something wrong. When casinos are packed but not worship service, there is something wrong. Please understand, this isn’t a religious problem; it’s a world problem. Yes, prayer changes things but the bible says without work, faith is dead. Sure, your prayers are good when I’m going through but one time, can you come and see about me? Yes, I thank you for posting your condolences on my Facebook wall but will you show up and offer me a shoulder to lean on? I appreciate your congratulations but can I also get some support? Of course, likes and shares are good but will you reach out when you see my language changing instead of taking a screenshot and putting it in a group text?

I guess what I am asking is, will you notice if I wasn’t having a good day? Would you notice if I wasn’t acting like myself? Could you read between the lines and decipher my cry for help? Do you not get that even on Valentine’s Day, there were people suicidal? Do you not understand the many children who are contemplating suicide because nobody is taking their cries of help seriously? Do you not grasp the many women and men who are living in hostile environments? Do you not comprehend the many pastors and ministry leaders who can barely afford to pay their bills yet they show up, well put together and with a message to help you? All I want you to understand is this. There are people who look well on the outside but slowly dying on the inside and they are afraid to ask for help. There are people you work with, every day, who are functioning alcoholics. There are teachers who hide a stash of pills because they need them to make it through the day. There are leaders who are fearful of failing so they’ll do anything to succeed. Something is wrong y’all and if you just happen to be one of the ones who is doing fine, at this moment, help somebody else. But if you’re the one who needs help, ask for it.

Daily Devotional – 7/26/16 “Pain hurts but it also heals!”

It’s a known fact that pain, no matter how big or small, hurts. If you don’t believe me, hit the side of the bed without a shoe on, close your finger in a door, lose a love one or go through a break up. You’ll quickly find that pain hurts. However, there’s great news … pain will also heal! Yes ma’am, yes sir; the pain subsides once healing takes place. That’s why if your heart has been broken, you’ve got to let go and heal. If you’ve been hurt in the church, you’ve got to deal with it so that you heal. If you’re grieving, deal with it so that you heal. The worst thing you can do, with pain, is act like it’s not there or that it’ll go away on its own because it won’t. This is why you have to deal with things of your past and present because it’s already affecting your future. See, when you allow past hurts to linger, it messes up your present and if you never do anything about it, it moves right into your future. That’s why, you need to deal with this stuff. It won’t, no matter how bad you wish, magically disappear. Why do you think we have so many angry children? It’s because parents are angry due to unresolved pain and that baton of pain is now being passed down from generation to generation. It has to end. Beloved, if pain would end on its own, there wouldn’t be need for pain medication, counseling and praying. You have to deal with it so that it can heal.

How do you deal with it? Simply by dealing with it. Look, if you know there are issues you can’t fix alone, seek help. If there’s a problem you can’t resolve on your own, ask for help. And please, stop allowing folk in your space that you know have hurt you and they don’t care. Why? Well because every time you see their selfish face smiling in your face, you’ll start to feel the hurt all over again. When what you should have done is snatched your power back. Tell them, ‘you hurt me but I forgive you and I won’t let you hurt me again.’ By doing this, you relinquish their hold to ever hurt you again and you also begin the healing process. Open your mouth! It’s like surgery. When you tell the doctor your problem, he/she diagnoses your case and then makes a plan to get you well, this is called healing. And with Dr. Jesus, tell Him your problem, allow Him to diagnose your case and set you on your plan of healing. Say like Jeremiah 17:14, “Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Understand this, it’s going to hurt but after the hurt comes healing and with healing, pain no longer resides. Healing doesn’t come overnight so you have to be faithful to God’s plan and know that He won’t leave you alone. As God says in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Pain hurts but it also heals!

Pain hurts