Daily Devotional – 4/23/19 “Dear God,”

Dear God,

There’s a cry, within our city, that isn’t being heard and that is why I’m asking you to open our ears to hear. Father, we are losing too many of our children and adults to mental illness and suicide. Too many of our children are dying because of bullying and too much blood is being shed. God, pull back the curtains because this is no longer a thing we can continue to cover and hide. Families need help. Husbands and wives need help. Sons and daughters need help. Preachers and pastors need help. Doctors and lawyers need help. Principals and teachers need help. From the CEO to the janitor, from the servant to the one being served and from the lowest to the highest; we need help. For those contemplating suicide; don’t let the gun go off, don’t let the pills and alcohol work and don’t let the cut be deep enough. Stay the hand of the enemy that is fighting against the preacher/pastor who is doing all they can.

Let the person who need help, say it and then seek it. Let their cry be heard today by somebody who can help. Give us the power to not only write, I’m praying for you but also pray. My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from us, yet not as we will, but as You will. Hear the cry and heal the land. God, give those who seek you, an ear to hear the cry, eyes to see the signs, the mind to comprehend and the anointing to help. We need it God. We need you God. Send forth intercessors who will cry loud and spare not. Remove the veil from those who use your name in vain and bring forth those who has your ear and can turn things around. Convert the worship places back to hospitals and the altars to operating rooms. Send forth shepherds who have a heart to serve your sheep. Give us a mind to create war rooms, use them and then let us fight, by your might. For we’ve got to survive this! Dear God, have thine way.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say,
Amen.

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Daily Devotional – 3/26/19 “It maybe the weight!”

For the past few months, I’ve been dealing with pain in my thighs and legs. Unexplained pain so, I’ve been going back and forth to my primary doctor who tries this medicine and that medicine while doing blood work. Afterwards, the results showed inflammation but couldn’t determine where it was coming from. He refers me to a rheumatologist, to rule out arthritis, lupus and etc. (I’m sighing writing this because more doctors.) However, this doctor was really cool and he did, what was within his specialized field of study and nothing. All of my tests came back normal. Read this carefully because it’ll make sense in a minute. ALL OF MY TESTS ARE NORMAL and he checked everything. He said, maybe you need to have a nerve study of your legs. Did that, a year or so ago and it was normal. Anyway, I go back to my primary doctor who says … Lakisha, all of your tests are normal and there’s nothing we can find. I can do so more tests but I really believe, you’ll see some benefit if you lose weight. Sitting in that cold room, looking in the face of a doctor I’ve seen more than I like, I was incline to agree because I’d, also, come to the same conclusion, it’s the weight.

Why am I sharing this? For somebody who, like me, is facing some unexplained pain whether in your physical or spiritual. For somebody who can’t understand why your life is seemingly unstable and for somebody who is feeling the pressure. Beloved, it may be the weight. The weight of being immobile and unhealthy eating habits. The weight of him or her who you’ve been dragging around too long. The weight of burdens you’ve been carrying on your own. The weight of being the only provider. The weight of caring for a sick love one. The weight of a job that keeps ignoring your potential. The weight of the mantle God called you to carry. The weight of being for everybody, what nobody can be for you. Beloved, it may be time to lose the unnecessary weight. For the bible shares in Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Here’s how you do it. Get up, get active, get vocal and get to cutting. A dietitian will tell you to cut out bad carbs, sweets and fats and Lakisha is advising you to lose bad carbs, fats, sweets along with bad choices, settling for anything and fickle folk. When you do that, you’ll start to see the benefit of losing the weight.