Daily Devotional – 12/5/16 “It’s time!”

Don’t go searching for the past! If it was meant, it would be your present. And you know good and well what I mean. Quit searching social media, stop reading old texts, erase those old emails, delete the its-time2phone numbers and move on. Stop with the stalking of their pages and throw out those old pictures. Beloved, it’s time you move on. See, your identity has been tied to your past for so long that you don’t feel comfortable without it but it’s time. It’s time the real you stood up. You are no longer the abused woman, you left that relationship years or even months ago. You are no longer the spouse that was cheated on, that part of your life ended with the divorce/separation. You are no longer the spouse that cheated, that should have ended with the divorce/separation. You are not the victim anymore that ended when God allowed you to walk out victoriously with your mind. You aren’t the person who lost your stuff to repossession/foreclosure because God gave you everything back including your mind.

This is why, it’s time! Time you come out of the past. Time you throw out the excuses of what you can’t do because of what you couldn’t do before. Try again. It’s time. Time you let go and move on. It’s time. Time you release it. Because the truth of the matter is, you’re tired but you don’t know how it’ll feel to be a new you. Yea, you know it’s time but you’ll afraid you’ll like it. You know it’s time but you don’t know how ‘they’ will accept this new you. Well, either they do or they don’t. But it’s time. Time you stop answering when the past feels like showing up. It’s time! Time you stop letting the past get comfortable in your present. It’s time! Time you put the past the hell out! It’s time boo. Time for the new you to shine. Time for you to come out of the shadows and take your rightful place. It’s time. Time you took what’s justifiably yours! It’s time. Time you took what you’ve already paid for through blood, sweat and tears. It’s time!

I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” — Isaiah 44:22

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Daily Devotional – 11/11/16 “It’s time!”

In November of 2009, I did something I never thought I’d do … I left the only church I’d ever known. The church I grew up in, served in, raised my family in but God said it was time to move. its-timeAnd for months I toiled with it. I talked to my, then, pastor, my husband and I prayed over and over and God still said it was time. See, God was shifting me and had I been disobedient, I would have missed it because all I knew was, I was moving from my comfortable place. But I went that Sunday and after uncle preached he opened the doors of the church. I felt myself walking down the aisle to become a member of a church I had to drive over an hour to get too. A church being led by my uncle with 30 faithful members, in a small town called Hollywood, MS. I didn’t know it then but God was removing me from my comfort zone in order to grow what He’d placed in my belly. He was getting me ready to give birth and I couldn’t do it in the old environment I was in and had I stayed I would’ve delayed God’s call on my life.

Why am I sharing this, again? It’s because somebody needs to know that God always has a purpose for the things we don’t understand. I know it may not make sense but He has His reasons. You have to trust Him enough to let go of the comfortable, move from the familiar and dwell in the painful. Stop trying to figure it out, you can’t. Stop trying to make sense of it, it doesn’t. Trust God and go. Stop holding on to what God has told you to let go of. Stop staying where God has told you to leave. Stop dwelling in the familiar simply because you’re scared of the unfamiliar. Erase those old text messages, empty your inbox of old memories, delete past mistakes and block the mess of the present. It’s almost the end of this year and you’re still in the same shape because you’re holding on to what feels good even though it ain’t done a bit of good for you. It’s time to move beloved and it’s time to let go. Will you?

“Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.” – Psalm 37:5

PS … My sister, Laquisha and I will be on WMC-TV 5 at 9AM tomorrow morning promoting our new book, The Family that Lies. If you haven’t purchased your copy, you still can by clicking HERE