Daily Devotional – 11/27/17 “You have to believe!”

Here it is, another Monday; the last one in November and 34 days before this year ends and somebody is feeling just as lost as this time last year. Maybe it’s because you have taken more losses than wins, this year. Maybe it’s because you have been sicker, this year. Maybe it’s because you have experienced depression, this year. Maybe you have seen more storms, this year. And just maybe you are tired of everything and everybody. Tired of scraping together and still struggling, praying with no answer, church hopping and no real connection, seeking but only finding trouble, trying to trust but it’s getting harder and waiting in expectancy but the enemy is calling your name. Yes, you’ve turned the other cheek but it still hurts. You’ve ignored the ignorance but it still affects you. You’ve unfriended and blocked some folk but what they said is still pricking at your heart. Yes, you’ve been reading the bible yet it seems the more you open it, the harder the attacks. And you still have to get up because somebody is depending on you. You still have to push because your destiny is depending on you. You still have to stand, while hurt and in pain because your life is depending on it.

I wish I had the magic answer, the one scripture to erase all your pain, that one song to soothe you, the one word to comfort you and the remedy to all that ails you but … wait, I do. As cliché as it is, I got it. His name is El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty), Jehovah Nissi (Banner over me), Jehovah Rohi (My Shepherd), Jehovah Rapha (My Healer), Jehovah Jireh (My Provider), Jehovah Shalom (My Peace), Jehovah Tsidkenu (Righteousness), El Olam (Everlasting) and El Gibhor (Mighty). If that isn’t enough, grandma says He’s alpha and omega, He’s beginning and the end, He’s joy in sorrow and hope for tomorrow, He’s the author and finisher of our faith, He’s midnight company keeper, He’s a wiper of our tears and the answer to our fears, He a heavy load carrier and burden bearer, He’s credit repairer and blessing sharer, He can restore your mind and give sight to the blind, He can make a lame man walk and the mute to talk, He can do what doctors couldn’t and what man wouldn’t AND if He can do all of this, can He not do what you are in need of? Of course He can and surely He will. You simply have to believe in His power and trust in His word.

Daily Devotional – 10/27/17 “Authorized personnel only!”

During annual healthcare enrollment, here at work, there is a wellbeing survey that can be taken to have extra money added to the HRA account. Each spouse can do it, independently. I’ve completed mine but my husband’s account has to be reset so I called. Unfortunately, the rep said, we will need to speak with him and he can add you as an authorized user. As I prepared to send him a text with all the information, my thoughts shifted and I began thinking … how many folks are making changes to your life and they aren’t even authorized users? Think about it for a moment and honestly ask yourself this question because you may just have to face a harsh reality. Yes, I know they make you feel good but are they worthy of authorization? Yes, they can slide you a few bucks to get your hair done but are they worthy of holding a position of authority? Yes, the times they do show up, they show up but can they handle the responsibility of being an authorized user?

Look, if you don’t trust them enough to give them access to the Regions, AT&T or Comcast account neither will they be called in the case of emergency, why in the ‘hello’ are they privy to your stuff? Beloved, you have to stop giving temporary folk, permanent folk privileges. And you have to stop giving folk the power of authority when all they are capable of handling is the job of consulting. You do realize consultants have a contract that comes to an end, right? What I am saying is this, be mindful of those who’ve you listed as authorized users on your account of life because they may just make changes you are not ready for or can handle. As a matter of fact, they may even make changes they had no business and/or sound mind to be making in the first place. This is why you may have to tell folk, “This is a restricted area only accessible by authorized personnel,” because the bible says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs 4:23