Daily Devotional – 10/3/16 “When will you rest?”

Stop burning yourself out trying to be a helper to everybody, a ride for all who need it, a cook for everybody whose hungry, a prayer partner for every person who asks, an encouraging word for every situation, a ‘yes I’ll go’ person all the time, ‘call me if you need me’ to everybody else circumstance or ‘yes, I’ll do it’ to every request. Baby, sometimes you need to shut up, sit down and regroup. Every once in a while you need to take some time for yourself because there’ll be a time when your body won’t get up like it used too, your feet won’t move as fast as they ought to and when pain from everywhere will make you take an unexpected time out. Keep thinking that you have to do everything, right now! Keep saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” because it may come sooner than expected, if you don’t rest! Chile, we all need it and there’s nothing wrong with taking a moment to get some.

It’s okay to put the phone on do not disturb for a little while. It’ll be alright if you don’t answer the call, this time, from that same person who needs prayer 4 times a week. It’s fine to go to sleep at a decent hour. It’ll be alright if you go visit tomorrow instead of today. It’ll be just fine if you said no, this time. Baby, you cannot attend every event, every worship service and accept every preaching opportunity because you need to rest. And I’ve found out that you can either rest on your own accord or your body will do it for you. The bible says in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” But if you’re constantly running around filling everybody else tank with oil that keeps their light shining, whose filling yours? If you’re constantly doing the feeding, when are you eating? If you’re always the one praying, who’s covering you? If you’re always the visitor when will you be the visited? In other words, when will you rest?

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Daily Devotional – 4/14/16 “What’s your story?”

What story is God using you to tell? What story is written by your life? What is your story? For me, I am a preacher of God’s word who writes about sex and I love God with every fiber of my being. I’m from a single parent home although my dad lives in the same city. I am a product of a huge family, raised in the heart of North Memphis and I’m a twin. I’m saved by the blood of the lamb but I still cuss, sometimes, (especially when I’m upset). I have tattoos and would probably get a few more if my father-in-love hadn’t threatened me. I stay up late, I like to read and if you don’t know, I absolutely love shoes! I have a passion for God and the church yet I don’t know what His purpose for me is yet. (That’s my struggle). I also struggle at home to raise two teenagers who think they have the world figured out yet they can’t survive on their own. This year my husband and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage and we’ve yet to have a proper honeymoon. I love my family but just like you, we have our issues but I’ll love and pray the hell out of them. I write devotionals and I use Facebook for my Godly purpose and for selling my books. I am a published author who is working to get my name out to the masses. Oh, I love God! I’ll pray for you and sell you a book, afterwards. I’ll love you but it doesn’t necessarily mean I have to like you. But this is my story!

Now, what’s yours? What is your life portraying to those watching? What are you getting out of the purpose God has set for your life? In order to find out, in order to be able to live your story; you have to go through the things God allows to show up in your life. This is why you have to take the test you sometimes find at your door. This is why you have to push through the storms that sometime show up out of nowhere. This is why we have to be bold soldiers for God and trust His plan. This is why we have to allow God to process our lives, daily, to kill our flesh and strengthen our spirit. When we do this, we are essentially allowing our natural lives to be in sync with our spiritual life. The last thing we should want is to pray for things in the spirit that we aren’t ready for in our natural. It’s like asking God for a church to pastor when your personal life is in chaos – it won’t work. It’s like asking God to give you a job in accounting when you can’t manage your own money. It’s like asking God for a million dollar house when you can’t even pay rent on time. It won’t work. We have to know our story otherwise it’ll be like being in a play you haven’t studied for. You may just flop on opening night. What is your story?

What is your story