Daily Devotional – 10/11/18 “What cha’ going back for?”

Yesterday, I told you to go and get your stuff but did you notice what I didn’t say? I did not tell you to go and get your stuff back. You want to know why? Because sometimes the blessing is being okay with leaving with only the broken pieces of you. The broken pieces of your heart, mind, body and soul because if you leave, you now have the chance to rebuild. Sure, I know you want the couch back you paid for but leave it and the bad memories. I know you left the dishes grandma gave you but let them keep them if it means your freedom. Revenge, you want it but at what cost? Beloved, find the healing in saying goodbye and the severing of that toxic relationship. Find the restoration, you’ve been longing for, by finally getting the strength to walk out without looking back. And quit saying, “I’m coming for everything the enemy stole.” Do you not realize, in order to get back what was stolen you have to deal with the thief who took it? That’s like going back to see the person who kidnapped you, after you’ve been freed. It doesn’t make sense. You’re free even if it’s with bruises, bad memories, tears and pain. You’re free. And what cha’ going back for when God has given you the promise of restoration, when you trust in and praise Him?

Bible shares in Joel 2:23-25, “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for He has given you the autumn rains for your vindication. He sends you showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be full of grain, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locusts have eaten—the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locust—My great army that I sent against you.” God says He will REPAY you. Repay is to do or give something as recompense for a favor or kindness received. In other words, because you trust in God, because you praise God, because you are faithful to God and because you follow God’s command; He’ll repay you for everything you’ve lost. So, to you my brother and my sister; stop trying to get back what you bought in suffering when God will repay every year you lost by your sacrifice. That child support, let it go. The time you can’t get back, let it go. That stuff in the attic, let it go. Those boxes in the garage, leave them. And this time when you leave, although it may be with some brokenness, you will survive. Not only will you survive but you’ll be repaid for EVERY year!


Daily Devotional – 8/29/18 “Four years + one day!”

I tried to write this on yesterday but God would not release it until today. A day whose date deemed worthy of displaying on my right wrist. See, it was four years + one day ago, on 8/28/2014, I stopped running from God’s call on my life but it would be the day after that my life begin to align with God’s will. I have shared this testimony before but I could not let this day pass without giving somebody hope for today. No, I am not about to sell you a fairy tale because I need you to sow into me. I am not about to convince you that saying yes to God will erase all your troubles. What I will share is how ME saying yes, restored what I did not even realize was broken. I spoke yes and it stitched me when I could not see I was bleeding. I stood in the bathroom stall at work, crying and apologizing to God for all the time I had wasted while giving Him my yes. I knew I was tired but still trying to fight. Weighed down and wounded yet still trying to act like all was good. I was at the edge. Then I said yes. Has it always been good? No because I am attacked more today. Has it always been easy? No because there are days, I do not feel like being holy. Has it always been fair? No, but it has been all God. It was four years + one day ago, everything shifted in my life for the better. What does this mean today? Truth is, I do not know. Bible shares, it was on the fourth day God divided day and night. There are four seasons and four synoptic gospels. Four signifies stability, order and completion. While I wish I could say what this fourth year will bring, I cannot but I will say, I am still trusting God with my yes. Why? Because He has not failed me yet. Although I have seen some deaths, experienced some sickness and some losses; I still trust God with my yes. Why? Because these last four years have nothing on the times, I was playing with God.

See, the times before the yes, I had religion but no relationship with God. The times before the yes, I had become good at wearing my mask. The times before the yes, we were barely surviving but I dare not show you my struggle. Oh but four years + one day later! Four, my marked sacred time, my year of completeness after God has worked out all the residue of my past hurts, scar tissue, unhealed wounds and unsaid words of forgiveness. Four, the year God thrusts me into the fullness of His anointing and I do not even know what it means yet I trust Him. Four, when God separates me from the darkness. Four years + one day marks the year I stopped playing and started, for real, praying. Four years + one day signifies the year I walked into the light of God’s word and for real started trusting Him. Some of you have read my testimony but it was four years + one day ago that we packed up our apartment and moved without a destination because God said it. It was four years + one day ago that we struck out on faith without knowing where we were stepping. I trusted God with my yes then and I trust Him with my yes now. What about you? Sure, you could have already given God your yes and it still feels like the enemy has made your house, his home. You could be in your 14th year and still dealing with temptations, being overlooked, overworked and underpaid. This could be your 24th year and the worst of them all, I do not know but trust God. Because I hear God saying, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:32.” It has been four years + one day for me and I am still saying yes, what about you?