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 – 5/8/19 “Let them assume!”

I shared this on 5/8/2018 and I am sharing this again, with updates, for somebody who is still trying to make sense of stuff. Stuff like, why you are being hated on, disliked, unsupported, talked about and lied on. Like I told you last year, it’s not you, it’s what folk see in you. Here’s the thing though, sometimes they can see it before you accept it because it’s all in your voice and face, even though you’re still fighting it. Beloved look, there are some people who will not like you, they won’t buy what you have to offer and neither will they congratulate you. They’ll remain friends, on social media and life but they’ll scroll by because they cannot understand why it had to be you. They’ll even show up at the parties because they can’t make sense of why you. Sure, I can tell you not to feel bad about it but the truth of the matter is, it hurts. It hurts more because folk don’t know you’re still pinching off the little just to make it, the many nights you’ve had pace and pray, the days you’ve had to choose gas or food, the times you didn’t think your marriage would make it, the crying mornings and the sleepless nights. They don’t know yet they assume.

They assume because you look good, the house you live in, the car you drive or the smiles on your selfies. Can I be even more real? They assume because you’re in a ministry position. They assume because they see the anointing but not the nights you’ve been angry at God. They assume because they see God, all over you but not the times you’ve asked God to take back His oil. They assume because they see God preparing you but not know the times you’ve wanted to give up. They don’t know you had a meltdown yesterday or didn’t sleep well last night yet they assume. What do you do? Let them assume while you assume the position and posture of prayer. Let them assume while you work your faith. Let them assume while you go be great! Let them assume while God reveals the antidote to what ails you, the meaning to your mourning, the potion to end your pain, the cure to your confusion, the remedy to your rejection, the therapy to your toiling or the solution to your suffering. Then read Luke 21:10-19 but in verse 14-15 God says, “So make up your mind not to worry beforehand how to defend yourselves. For I will give you speech and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”