Daily Devotional – 3/21/16 “God got it!”

Somebody woke up this morning feeling defeated because you’ve been waiting on an answer from God and it’s yet to come. You probably paced all night long crying out to God for Him to show up because you need Him now!Romans 8 Somebody else worried all day yesterday so much that you didn’t even go to worship. You keep toiling over a situation; you said you’d turned over to God. You’re trying to figure out why he or she doesn’t love you like you thought they should. You’re stuck in the same place wondering if you made the right decision about the assignment you took on years ago. You’re standing immobile, in your mind, while you’re still trying to make sense of a loved one’s death. You’ve become complacent in your mess because you keep using the excuse, “God knows my heart.” Well, baby how long are you going to keep on with this? When are you going to realize everything works in God’s time and not yours? Isn’t it time you allowed God to step in? All you need to do is look around and you’ll quickly realize, you’re only making you worse.

Yes, I know you go to church every Sunday and your place on the same pew is marked by your butt impression but that means nothing if you keep leaving the same as you came. Yes, I know you pray during devotion, altar call and prayer service but when are you going to start praying for yourself? Yea, the pastor has your number on speed dial but he or she can’t get you heaven. When are you going to stop? Stop with the excuses, the running, the mistakes and the woe is me? Chile, don’t you know God has been trying to give you your answer, you won’t listen. God has been showing you, you won’t look. God has been removing those people; you keep going to get them. God gave you a way out, you went back. God has ordered your steps, you keep getting off. God has set your path, you are the one following folk and going in the wrong direction. Beloved, God doesn’t make mistakes. How do I know? The bible tells me He knew us before our momma hooked up with our daddy, before we started forming in the womb He’d already purposed our life and before we even came to be known as the name on our birth certificates, He’d already anointed us for a greater cause. You are NOT a mistake. Now, the mess you make occasionally, that’s a mistake but you my brother, you my sister; you are not. All you have to do is trust God and keep your eye on Him. My pastor told me, “If I do what I can, God will do what I can’t.” That’s enough right there for me to do it, what about you?

Jeremiah 1:5, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

Daily Devotional – 12/5/15 “Writing didn’t find me!”

Being a author, whether through a publishing company or being self published, takes hard work. Why? imageBecause writing isn’t for wimps! Nawl! But it’s not just the writing because them comes the hustle and flow! See, what’s the sense of spending all of your extra time writing to simply allow your work to sit idle. You have to grind extra hard being a new author just to get your name out there. Then you have to keep up the hustle and the grind to keep your name out!

Yea, you’ll have a few bad reviews but your work won’t please everybody, all the time, so keep grinding. Yea, you’ll have folk, even some family and close friends that won’t support you but even Jesus knew this for He said in Mark 6:4, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” Yet don’t stop the hustle.

I pray daily for God to kill more and more of my flesh so that I can be spiritually better than yesterday. This doesn’t mean in order for me to stop writing fiction books (unless God says it) but so that even they will be anointed!

I told you that writing didn’t find me; it was etched in my soul even before my daddy’s sperm met my mother’s egg! How do I know? God told me. He said He knew me before I was formed which makes my writing (whatever genre) ordained! It is my prayer that the mark I leave on your life is a good one. I pray that when you look at me, you see God. I pray that God will use me abundantly to save folk. And I pray that He allows my gifts to take me places I’ve only dreamed of.

It’ll happen … In God’s time! Don’t give up, hold on! (that’s for somebody) #transparentSaint