Daily Devotional – 7/25/18 “My NOW is sacred!”

My “NOW” is sacred. I shared this the other day but I felt the need to say it again for somebody else. See, for some of you, the pain you’re feeling is because you have allowed some folk access to your NOW who has no right to be there. Folk who don’t like you but you keep calling and inviting. Folk who really don’t fool with you but you keep paying their way in. Folk who are praying and fasting for your demise but you call them each time you’re depressed. Can’t figure out why your marriage is in turmoil, can’t seem to get your finances in order, can’t make rhyme or reason as to why you can’t get the job and you can’t find sleep during the day or night? Check the people in your NOW! Understand me … this isn’t something that happened overnight, I learned the hard way. After failed attempts to get people to support me, I stopped trying. After worrying about how folk would receive this heel wearing preacher, I stopped worrying. I stopped giving any and everybody access to my now. And get this though, the majority of everything I post on Facebook and Instagram is public yet I’ll still decline some friend requests. Why? It’s simple really. We don’t have to be connected in order for you to see me working. (That will preach!)

Beloved, my NOW is sacred and this means, everybody isn’t privy to be in my space. This doesn’t make me conceited neither do I think I am better than anybody else. In fact, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. As a matter of record, I’m still the same chick that will rock an $8 dress from Family Dollar. I’m still the same chick who will feed those who are hungry. I’m still the same chick who will give, if you ask. I’m still the same chick who will pray for you. I’m still the same chick God saved, one Friday night while at revival and answered God’s call one Thursday in the bathroom stall at work. I’m still that chick however my NOW is sacred. This means I don’t eat with just anybody because your table manners may not match mine. I don’t church with everybody because our perspective of God may be different. I don’t answer every invitation because that meeting might not be for me. I don’t even party with everybody because you might tell how many times I stepped on the dance floor. I’m protective of my NOW because I realize everybody who smiles at me may not be good to or for me. I’m defensive of my NOW because I don’t need no dark spirits penetrating my home. And I’m unapologetic about my NOW because you weren’t there THEN and this means I don’t owe you an explanation. My NOW is sacred. What about yours? “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. – Proverbs 13:20”

Daily Devotional – 4/6/18 “Five ways to sow effectively!”

Too many of us are perishing because we are sowing in the wrong season and people. This is why I had to share last year’s devotional. It’s longer than normal but you need to read it. Stop thinking God has forsaken you when you don’t reap. Beloved, God didn’t forsake you; you simply planted when you should have been preparing.

Here are five ways, Lakisha thinks will allow you to sow effectively.

1. You have to effectively pray in order to know what season you’re in. It is through prayer you’ll learn if the time is right to prepare or plant. If you prepare well, you’ll grow well. This is important for pastors because we have to know the season of our churches. Preaching prosperity in a season of spiritual warfare hurts the people. Know your season. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. — Ecclesiastes 3:1”

2. Sow what you expect to reap in fertile places. I can’t plant mustard green seeds and then expect turnips in a place unprepared for my seeds. This is important for those who sow into everybody’s ministry. You have to sow into places and people who are growing what you eat, effectively. Stop sowing into dead places! If their harvest isn’t yielding for them, what makes you think they can tell you how to grow yours? “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop–some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.- Mark 4:20″

3. You need to sow in multiples. Don’t just go to worship service. Plant seeds in bible study, Sunday school, personal prayer, devotion, time, tithe and etc. because what you don’t get from one harvest, you may just find in another. Ecclesiastes 11:6, “Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.”

4. Protect what you plant. The same way a good gardener will protect his plants from insects, animals and etc. is the same way we have to protect our seeds from doubt, anger, negativity, people who pimp your gifts and etc. You can’t just plant the seed then leave because you might just find a patch of dirt when you get back. “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. – Proverbs 13:20”

5. Don’t miss harvest time! It doesn’t stop at sowing. You have to water and tend to your harvest to ensure it isn’t being eaten by bitter backbiters, the insects of ignorance or being burned by the fire of fear, stepped on by the feet of feebleminded folk and being pulled up by perverted persecutors who’d rather see you perish. You have to stay woke for the bible says in Proverbs 10:5, “A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.”

You can effectively reap when you effectively prepare then plant.