Daily Devotional – 6/17/19 “Blooming time!”

My grandmother loves gardening, whether it’s flowers or vegetables, she’s always been able to grow whatever. However, there’d be times I’d see her pruning a plant or flower that looked dead, to me. She’d be breaking up the soil, adding water and clipping dead leaves and the entire time I’m saying, “why is she dealing with that dead stuff.” Here’s what I grew to realize. It looked dead to me because I wasn’t trained to know, it wasn’t that plant’s season to bloom. Grams knew therefore, she’d spend time pruning and preparing a plant, I thought was dead. And somebody, you’re looking at the seeds you’ve planted and trying to figure out why, although they’re growing, they look dead – it isn’t blooming time yet. You’re trying to understand why you aren’t receiving any of the things you’ve been asking God for – it isn’t blooming time yet. Yea, I know you’re tired and thinking about giving up but stay grounded. See, had grandma bothered those flowers, that looked dead to me, she would have disturbed their roots, risking their chance of blooming. So, you beloved, stay grounded and don’t disturb your roots. There’s something going on, inside, that’s setting you up for blooming time.

Yes, to the untrained eye it may look dead, but we serve a God who can breathe life into dry bones and they’ll live. All you must do is hold on and trust God’s harvesting schedule. I know you’re looking at your checking account and thinking about another check advance but wait, don’t disturb the roots. You’re looking at the circumstances and want to reply to that text but wait, don’t disturb the roots. I know you’re anxious but beloved, a flower knows when to bloom because of a gene that’s within them. It tells them, “Wake up, it’s time to bloom,” and the plant starts making leaves/flowers. You’ve been blessed with a gene, too, it’s called the Holy Spirit and when it’s time, He’ll shake you and say, “Get up, it’s time to bloom.” Bloom, a verb that means, “to mature into achievement of one’s potential.” I know you’re tired but wait because in due time, the Holy spirit will tap you and say, “Get up son/daughter, its blooming time.” If you wait, until blooming time, you’ll see the evidence of God manifesting. Doors, you didn’t knock on, will start opening. Things you didn’t ask for, you’ll receive. You’ll be extended invitations by folk you didn’t even know knew you. Your ministry will overflow, and you’ll stand in places you’ve only dreamt of … IN YOUR SEASON OF BLOOM. Stop rushing the process because if you bloom too early, you could do more harm than good. Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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Daily Devotional – 3/28/19 “You’ve come too far!”

I’ve been writing or I’ve been published now for over seven years yet, would you believe, it wasn’t until 2018 that I saw a return on my investment. I haven’t met my goal of one million pages read on Kindle Unlimited, yet. I haven’t doubled my income, yet, I haven’t been able to pay off all our debt, yet. I haven’t won any book awards, yet but here’s the thing though … I will. You want to know how? I will not stop. Not as long as God keeps waking me, using me and gracing me for this … I will not stop. Why am I sharing this? For somebody who is thinking about giving up because things haven’t been what you were expecting. For somebody who is looking at their vision board and nothing has manifested, no matter what you do. For somebody who is feeling discouraged with everybody and everything. I get it. You have a gift but it hasn’t made room for you. You’ve been called to preach but nobody is calling you to preach. You have talents, pouring from your belly but they will not feed your family. You’ve gone when you didn’t feel like it, supported folk with your last who didn’t return the favor and been faithful yet every time you turn it feels like you’ve got to fight to keep from drowning. Well beloved, don’t stop. Yeah, yeah; I know you’re probably asking … how can I keep going when I’m doggone tired, why would I keep going when I doggone tired and what sense does it make to keep going when I’m doggone tired? Here’s the short answer. BECAUSE YOU HAVE COME TO FAR TO QUIT!

Let’s say you’re on a roller coaster, call life. It’s one of the big, scary ones that has dips and turns that will snatch your wig. However, you’re strapped in and the only way you can potentially fall, to your death, is by unfastening your safety equipment (God). The ride begins and although you’ve seen the roller coaster from the ground, it means nothing once it starts to move because everything you thought you knew, left your mind. Now, you’re being tossed and shaken, turned upside down and zipped through dark tunnels but here’s the blessing. There’s an end, although you can’t see it. Would you rather the ride stop in the middle and take you back to the beginning, through all the stuff you’ve already made it pass or get you to the end? What I’m saying is, you’ve come too far to quit. Beloved, I don’t know what you’re waiting on, what basket you’ve put all your eggs in, what you’re praying will pay off or what you’ve been praying for but don’t quit. We serve a God who is able to do all we need, when we trust Him. Don’t give up because bible shares in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up,” or 2 Chronicles 15:7, “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”