Daily Devotional – 2/2/18 “Choose you, this time!”

I don’t have a lot to share today but I just needed to stop by, on this Friday, to tell somebody this … Stop jeopardizing your happiness for somebody who doesn’t have the competency, the want and the need to make you happy. Yea, sure he/she can give you the quick fix type of happiness that comes from sex, a dinner date, paying a bill or answering your call/text. But what about the down in your core type happiness that has your eyes and your walk smiling. Don’t you deserve to be happy? I know you’re comfortable with them and you’ve talked yourself into believing, him/her isn’t that bad but when they are bad, it hurts you more than you can explain. Sure, when the going is good, it is really good but how often is that happening? Beloved, you’ve got to know you deserve to be happy. And you shouldn’t have to choose whether to be happy or have the bills paid or happiness over him/her being at home or happiness over just being able to say you have somebody. You can be happy without compromising your sanity. Suffering for righteousness, bible says in 1 Peter 3:14, you will be blessed. However suffering for ridiculousness, life says will break, batter, bruise and burden you down. You can change it by choosing YOU this time. Be selfish, this one time and choose you. Beloved, choose YOU because you deserve to be happy even if it means closing a door you thought you never could. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

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Daily Devotional – 9/28/15 “I pray that you …”

Ma’am, you can stop looking for your joy over there, it’s not there. Sir, stop searching for your joy at her house, you won’t find it. Beloved, quit trying to locate your joy inside of things that didn’t bring you joy to begin with. Yea, I know you thought it was joy in that relationship but baby if you take it off life support, you’ll quickly find; it’s been dead. Come here Pastor; you are looking for joy in your assignment however you’ve missed the message because the joy is the assignment and if you can no longer see that, your assignment, where you are, may be up. May I suggest having a talk with your teacher. Look, Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” And if you have to look for joy in other folk, places or things, ask yourself this question, “What is my spirit producing?”

The bible says in Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” My brothers and sisters, I don’t know what you are dealing with on today. I don’t know what or even who you laid down with on last night only to get up with the same nagging thing again this morning. I can’t grasp the severity of what you’re going through because I am not walking in your shoes. I can’t feel your pain, I don’t know how your grief feels, I am not dealing with your sickness, addiction or heartache. We aren’t all going through the same thing but this is my prayer to you … Romans 15:13, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” I pray that you will put ALL of your trust in God so that He can fill the void places in your spirit with the joy you need to get out of the darkness. You are not lost; you just need to open your eyes. You are not drowning; you just need to stand up. You are not alone, ask for help.