Daily Devotional – 3/20/18 “Shake off the dust!”

Sometimes you have to take your loss, chalk it up to lesson learned, shake the dust from your feet and move on. Sure, you can sit and cry over the mistakes, beat yourself over the should haves and could haves and even wallow in your pity but what good will that do? You were denied, you didn’t get the promotion, you couldn’t get approved for the car you wanted, the church didn’t choose you as pastor, you were not selected as chairperson, the relationship didn’t work, the marriage failed, the medicine didn’t heal you and etc. but you cannot give up. What you can do, you can make notes of what didn’t work, this time, and try again. Understand, it means more work on your part but it’ll be worth it. This means you may have to do more research, take more time to get you together, go outside of your comfort zone, shed a few more tears and hear a few more no’s. However, eventually, it will pay off. Ask me how I know. It’s because I’ve been there. Even more transparency, there are still some days things don’t work out in my favor but I keep grinding.

I know I’ve shared a little about my struggle but it doesn’t go away overnight. There have been plenty of times I’ve had to cut my losses and move on. Did it hurt? Heck yeah but it pushes me and it makes me stronger. It also teaches me to value my worth. Look, I am a female preacher in a society where most say a woman can’t preach. This means I either don’t get an invitation to the table or if I do, I am paid significantly less than a man. Does that stop me? Nope, I simply shake the dust from my feet and move on. In the bible, when Jesus sent the disciples out to minister, He tells them in Matthew 10, to enter a place and find someone who is worthy and announce a blessing. If it turns out, they are indeed worthy, let your blessing stand but if they aren’t take it back. AND if they will not receive you or listen to you, shake the dust from your feet and leave that house or town. In other words, stop staying where you aren’t welcomed and stop wallowing in what you think is when you know it isn’t. If that’s a job, a relationship, a place of worship, a business, the grocery store or wherever. Cut your losses and move on because there is someone/something waiting on you elsewhere.


Daily Devotional – 3/19/18 “Why God?”

Why God? When you initially look at these two words, the first thing that probably comes to mind is to question God. Why God is this happening? Why God hasn’t this happened? Why God do I have to suffer? Why God did my business fail? Why God isn’t anybody calling? Why God? But today, my question isn’t to God but it’s to you. Why God? In other words, why have you chosen God? Why do you go to worship every Sunday, bible study and Sunday school? Why do you attempt to live right? Why be devoted? Why pay tithes? Why God? I am asking you this question in order to prick your mind. See, it is easy for us to want to give up when trouble comes but then I remember why God. Sure, it’s easy to fall back into our old ways but then I remember why God. Yep, I can be angry at God for things not happening as quickly as I want but then I remember why God. For me, the answer is easy. I could tell you that I chose God because He chose me, He first loved me, He paid the ransom to the enemy for my life or because He’d anointed me. And while all these things are true, I chose God because He allowed me to try everything else and still called me worthy.

This is my truth but let me be clear. God wasn’t the last resort because I could have stayed in my hell and continued to struggle. He wasn’t the, “I guess I’ll try Him now,” kind of choice because I could have continued to shack up with trouble. I chose God after He’d allowed me to try everything else and He still waited on me. I chose God because He never gave up on me, instead He allowed me to make mistakes. I chose God because He never stopped calling, even when I’d ignore His calls, He’d simply leave a voicemail and then try again. God never stopped showing up, even if He had to peek through the window. Why God? Because everything else was easy but choosing God was hard. Why God? Because while being faithful to flesh was fulfilling, sacrificing to the spirit saved me. Why God? It’s like David says in Psalm 34:4, “I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” So now I ask you again, why God?