Daily Devotional – 8/14/18 “At the edge!”

On this 14th day of the eighth month, I had to stop and share a word for somebody who is right at the edge. You are at the edge of saying forget it all. You are right at the edge of ending it all and at the edge of walking away from it all. Why, because at the edge is where the pain is becoming too much, the tears are becoming more frequent, the darkness is staying longer and the hurt that used to be done in secret is now deliberately in the open. The edge is where promises are broken. The edge is where you keep being cut. The edge is where you are all by yourself. The edge is usually where you feel the most at danger. Yet, I need you to ask yourself a question. How many times have you been to the edge but have not fallen? How many times have you been to the edge but have not died? How many times have you been to the edge and have not lost your mind? At the edge of losing it all but still, surviving. At the edge of dying but still, living. At the edge of going crazy but still, smiling. At the edge but still … Think about being in a bed. Have you ever woke up, out of your sleep to realize you were on the edge and one roll away from falling? Or been snatched from your sleep to see that all it would have taken was one move to have you connecting with the night stand? I’ve had a few of those scary moments and in retrospect, they make me think about all the times I should have fallen over the edge of this thang called life but haven’t.

And get this … it is not because we’ve been strong enough to prevent ourselves from falling. Truth of the matter is, a lot of us should have fallen by now. A lot us should have failed many times before but because God loves us, He shields us when we are too selfish to see we need it. He protects us, even when we are playing patty cake with our prayers and the enemy persuades us into thinking we got wings and can fly. He stops us, even though we have gotten ourselves into another jacked up situation we promised we would never do again. God is right there, at the edge with us. I do not know whom you are but baby the edge may have cut you and it may be suffering you at this very moment but it will not be the end of you. You will not die because it is not your time. You can stay there but do not jump. You can stay there but do not sin. You can stay there but do not curse God because God can still perform miracles at the edge. Don’t believe me? Come here grandma. A few years ago, doctors said call the family in and prepare to say your goodbyes. She was at the edge but this year, Grams celebrated another birthday in her right mind. Come here sister. Man said Trigeminal Neuralgia (suicide disease), disability, never be able to work again and many have not made it. She was at the edge but this year she’s still singing and living. Baby, you might be at the edge but God can still work miracles. You just need to trust Him while you’re at the edge!

Daily Devotional – 10/31/16 “Silence!”

It’s Monday and somebody got up dragging yesterday’s mess into the new mercies of today. Yea, you laid down fighting the enemy and then you got up still boxing. Well, I need to let you know the only reason you aren’t winning is because you’re fighting with the wrong stuff. Sometimes you need to stop fighting with words and hush. Yes, I get it … They hurt your feelings, they won’t support you, they won’t see your vision, they, they, they! Chile hush! Sometimes you need to just put your lips together and shut up. There are some things you just can’t do on your own. There are some situations you won’t be able to figure out and some tests you won’t have the ability to pass. And fighting won’t win it for you. This is why, every now and then you need to hush and stop fighting. If I can be truthful, you ought to be worn out and tired of fighting the same folk over the same situation. Be still!

Man/woman of God, sometimes you need to let prayer do what it does because if you could fix it yourself, you would have by now. The bible says in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” And when you don’t know what to pray, you need to let the power of the Holy Ghost do its thang for the bible says in Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” You can’t do it alone because obviously what you’ve been doing isn’t working. I’ve told you before that when I get angry I tend to shut down. This is because I don’t like to argue but I’ve found something else out and that’s is, silence is a powerful thing. See, when you’re surrounded by silence you can really hear what you couldn’t hear when you were talking and/or yelling. When you’re silent you can, actually, gain a better understanding of what you’re actually dealing with. When it’s silent, you can hear the stillness of the air and it’ll be then you can realize the truth of Exodus 14:14 that says, “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Be quiet and let the Lord work!

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