Daily Devotional – 9/26/19 “Get back to YOU!”

I’m resharing a post from 2014, with updates because, although the date has changed, the message hasn’t. And I would try to be all nice with it but I ain’t, you need to read this …

You’re stressed out, right now about a job that’ll replace you, in the amount of time it takes them to post the job, interview and offer the position. You’re stressed out and losing sleep over somebody, who is in a whole relationship with somebody else, yet they’re dictating what you can and can’t do. You are stressing over debt, you created and got the audacity to be mad at God. No boo, this is all you, but you can come out of it, if you cut up the credit cards, stop spending beyond your means and get on a “get out of debt” plan. If that means bankruptcy or budget, do it and stop being embarrassed. Your blood pressure is high because you won’t take your medicine. That’s fine but you’re being selfish, to your family, who’ll be left behind when that high blood pressure claims your life. Your house is unhappy because you got folk in your business. Your ministry is in an uproar because you won’t sit down and devote the time, it needs, to studying. Your relationship isn’t working because you’re basing it on what happened in your last one, boo, start over.

What I’m saying is, God didn’t create us to be unhappy, all the freaking time. Bible shares in Ecclesiastes 2:24, “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” Baby, your life should be enjoyable and your home should be your refuge from this cruel world. Life is but a vapor, which means we ain’t got time to be stressing, losing hair, getting sick, off balance, running up doctor bills, being angry all the doggone time, wound up, crying, groaning and complaining. For the bible says in Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” This is my good word for you today … get back to you! I don’t know what you need to let go of but do it. I don’t know who you need to whisper bye to but do it. I don’t know who you need to forgive but do it. I don’t know what changes you have to make but do it. Get back to you, have that margarita, glass of wine, cigar, weekend getaway, cut your hair, put some makeup on, dance in the house, cry one good time, scream loudly, rent that movie and laugh, take that walk, read that book … whatever it takes, GET BACK TO YOU!

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Daily Devotional – 9/6/19 “Keep Going!”

I need to encourage somebody, who is going through a dark time. Maybe its grief, sickness, abandonment, loneliness, financial problems, ministry woes, business failing … whatever.

KEEP GOING!

There’s a devotional, I wrote last year, regarding roller coasters. When you’re on a roller coaster, there comes a time when you might have to go through the part of the ride, that’s dark. Although, it only lasts a second, you still experienced the darkness. Why? Well, it’s part of the journey. You don’t get to customize the ride to fit you, by telling the operator, “I want to skip the dark parts,” do you? No, you get on, pull the bar down, to lock you in place and then prepare for the ride. If this is the case, what makes you think, you can change the parts of this journey, you have no control over.

Instead, here’s what you do. BUCKLE UP!

Sure, there’s going to be some twists and turns, some moments that cause your stomach to drop, sometimes you’ll have to scream out, squeeze your eyes shut and pray for it to end. It will but while you’re riding, this roller coaster of life; hold your head up, only lowering it when you’re in the posture of prayer. Trust that your God has made you to endure, withstand and overcome. And if nothing else, know that sometimes, in the dark parts of our journey, is when God has taken us down for maintenance. Hold tight because you’ll be back, running, in tip top condition in no time.

“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8