Daily Devotional – 3/4/19 “Molting”

This may be hard for you to read but beloved, it may be time to let go. Let go of what? The people, places and/or things that are keeping you out of God’s will, in bondage and in that messed up shape you’re in. I don’t care how well this person, place or thing has provided for you, it’s keeping you out of purpose. I don’t care how comfortable you are or how much room you have, look around, you’re still a captive. Even prisoners get time on the yard, a phone call and visitors but they still go back to their cell at the end of the day. I get it, you don’t have to work as hard because your needs are met but at what expense. Let’s be truthful with self today because truth is, that comfort is costing you something. He’s making your dreams come true but your life is a nightmare. She’s everything you thought you wanted but turned out to be who your momma warned you about. The place of worship sucked you in when they slayed you in service, then you came down off that high and realized it was just a show. The job keeps you hanging on with promises to give you what you deserve, all the time they’re using your knowledge to train and promote everybody but you. And you’re still holding on. Why? For a status, position, potential and people? But at what cost? I’ll tell you, the cost of your self-esteem, your dignity, your gifts, your sanity and your freedom.

Here’s the reality of your situation … you like the way it feels even though you know it’s temporary. Yea, your ‘situation-ship’ is only giving you a natural orgasm for momentary excitement but nothing long-term. It can make you feel good with your eyes closed but can’t do nothing when you’re standing up and clothed. Don’t misunderstand me, you don’t have to do nothing you don’t want too. If you don’t see anything wrong with it, stay. If you’re okay with it, keep it. If you like the way it feels, keep cuddling with it because it’s your choice and your life. However, if you’re ready to move from your place of bondage, you need to let go. There is a term called molt which means, the periodic shedding of feathers, hairs, horns, nails, shells, and skins – any outer layer. Molt is from the Latin word ‘mutare’ meaning “to change” and some of you, it’s time to ‘molt.” It’s time you changed some things in your life, for your happiness and for room to grow. I don’t know who this is for but baby, you are stagnant where you are because you are still in the same old stuff you used to be in. You’re still wearing the clothes you fought in when you’ve won and the battle is over. You’re still lying in the same bed you sinned in and got the nerve to question why you can’t sleep. You’re still allowing folk to label you by your past and holding on to what your ex did. It’s time for you to molt, beloved. MOLT = Moving Out of Lacking Territories. It’s time to let go, it’s time to shed and it’s time to change.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

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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