Daily Devotional – 9/30/16 “Lord, I surrender!”

Sometimes, you may have to get help for yourself. Sometimes you may find the need to check yourself into rehab. Sometimes, instead of waiting for someone else to step in, you may have to step in for yourself. In other words, you may have to stage your own intervention. This means, you may have to get in the mirror and tell yourself, “Self, we’ve messed up.” “Self, we’re in a bad place.” “Self, this isn’t good for us.” “Self, this isn’t working out.” “Self, what in the hell are we doing?” See, I’ve found that when you’re truly tired, you’ll do something about some things. Yea, when you get tired of being walked over, you’ll walk out. When you get tired of being addicted, you’ll get help. When you get tired of being without, you’ll manage better. When you get tired, things change. But it’s not just any tired, it’s that fed up, pissed off with self, kind of tired. You’ll be mad because you’ve wasted time you can’t get back. Upset because you’re an adult yet you’re still living, like my grandma says, without a pot to … You know the rest.

This is why, beloved, you’ve got to make it up in your mind that today I no longer want to live the way I’ve been living because I’m tired of struggling to survive and still not. I’m fed up with being called by my shame and not my name. I’m tired of my past keeping me last. I’m sick of being addicted to folk who mean me more harm than good. Today is the day for you to declare, this is my intervention. It doesn’t matter what you’re cleaning yourself of, do it today. Rid yourself of negative people, anger from the root, worrying that’s killing you, excuses and reasons, bitterness that’s blocking you, unhappiness and its causes and anything that keeps you from being your greatest self. And you’ve got to do it now because you’re wasting precious time. Don’t worry about if it’ll work or not, it’ll work if you work it. Make the first step and trust that God has already laid out the plan for the bible tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” All you need to say to begin your intervention is … “Lord, I surrender all to you.” It’s going to hurt and you’ll lose some people but trust God’s process! Hello my name is ____________ and today I’m staging my own intervention!

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Daily Devotional – 10/23/15 “I pray right now…”

Riding into work this morning, listening to 95.7 and the St. Jude stories; I cannot even begin to imagine. Listening to the parents who have suffered and those still suffering through watching their children fight cancer, makes me realize that it could be me! I don’t know how it feels to lose a child, I don’t know what it feels like to have a child hospitalized, I don’t know what it’s like to hear the doctor say your child may not survive, I don’t know what it feels like to watch my child suffer and there’s nothing I can do … I don’t know! But I do know that God is able. So while you are crying because your bae walked out on you again, while you are mad because you had a flat tire, while you are angry at some stuff that happened 15 years ago, while you are finding it hard to forgive, while you are wasting precious time; it could be worse. As a matter of fact, if you were to look back over your life, you’ll quickly find that with all the hell you used to raise; it should be worse. Yet, God has spared us one more time! Just to know that God doesn’t treat us how we treat Him is enough to stir something in your spirit. To understand that no matter what we face, we have what we need to come out victorious should be enough for you to lift your unworthy hands and tell the Lord thank you!

Oh, I know God is able and even after listening to the stories from the parents of patients at St. Jude; I still have renewed hope that nothing we go through is for our bad. I pray today for every child at St. Jude, for every parent that has to rock a child after dealing with a rough dose of chemo, radiation or even surgery. I pray now for the parents, who themselves, may be dealing with cancer, sickness or disease. I pray, at this very moment, for the parents who’ve had to bury a child for whatever reason. I pray, at the throne of God for comfort, peace, understanding and an extra dose of strength for all those dealing with whatever it is. I’m even praying for you who are reading this for whatever it is you’re dealing with. And my prayer is simple, “Lord, I need you to have your way! Amen.” If that isn’t enough then pray this one, “Lord, do it! Amen.” If that isn’t enough then pray this one, “Lord, I surrender! Amen.”

It doesn’t take much to get God’s attention. All you need to do is call Him and He’ll answer. Stop saying won’t he do it because he probably won’t but I know without a doubt that God will. Won’t God do it? Yes, each and every time!