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 – 11/30/16 “Where are you planted?’

Matthew 7:16 says, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” where-are-you-plantedReading this, I asked myself, “How many of us are producing edible fruit? You’re probably asking, “What do I mean by fruit? And how do we create fruit when we aren’t trees?” Well, the bible says in Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.” See, as children of God, we ought to be like a tree planted by the river because a tree that is planted there have roots that runs deep enough to make it unmovable. And just like the tree, our roots should be so deep within God that no matter what happens to us, it doesn’t blow us like leaves.

Oh, you know how it is when things begin happening in our lives, we run like a leaf being blown in the wind. When trouble comes, we stop going to church. When death shows up, we grieve as if there’s no hope. When finances are out of whack, we start acting as if God isn’t our provider. But when we are rooted, our leaves of faith don’t wither when the seasons of life change. When the storm of situations show up, it won’t knock us out of our place. When the fire of burdens ignite, it won’t burn off our covering of faith because we’re rooted in a God who never fails! And when we bear fruit, it’s edible. What kinds of fruit? 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!” This is why, beloved, you are known by the fruit you produce. And trust and believe, people will know if it’s good or bad based on where you’re planted.