Daily Devotional – 11/14/19 “Go on and cry!”

Here it is, another Thursday, in another month, almost at the end of another year and somebody is still tarrying at the table of the tempter. Yeah, you’re being troubled by temptation, yet you will not trust the one on the throne. The toil of tomorrow is already terrifying you because you will not use your tongue to trample against your tormentors. You are being tortured by your transgressions and you’re trapped. What now beloved? What are you going to do? Are you going to die there or will you choose to live? Will you drown where you are or will you come up for air, one more time? Are you willing to give up or will you try again?

I’m only asking because giving up shouldn’t be an option. Sure, the enemy is picking with you and your family, folk on the job acting crazy, spouse is sick, children trying your patience, car is costing more than it’s worth and on top of that, your sinuses and migraines have come back with a vengeance, dog keep running off, your lashes won’t stay put, lace front coming up on your wig and your heel just broke on your shoe.

What more Lord?

Here’s what you do. Get the tears out. Yeah, go on and cry because research says that crying is good for the soul. South China’s Morning Post says, “Crying is known to have a soothing effect and ‘emotional tears’ can even help rid our bodies of stress hormones. When we cry, our heart rate and breathing slow down a little and we start to calm down. We might even experience a mood boost after a good cry. Crying is useful for helping people release and express their suppressed or repressed emotions.”

For me, I cry when I get angry because it’s better than murder. I cry when I’m feeling a heaviness in my spirit because my tears are liquid prayers. Beloved, this may be your season of planting and it can very well be the hardest of your life. This could be your season of storms and it is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to face. This season could be the most pain you’ve ever felt. DON’T GIVE UP. Even if you have to cry while you plant, weather the storm or deal with the pain. DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP! Why?

For the bible tells me, in Psalm 126:5-6 that “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” Go on and cry, it’ll do you some good.

Daily Devotional – 4/24/18 “Return on Investment!”

Today is one of those days where the enemy is trying to creep into my thoughts. See, if he gets me to second guess some stuff and worry about some more stuff; he wins. NOT TUH-DAY! What I have come to understand is this, I am not exempt. Yes, I am faithful in my walk with God. I study, pray, go to worship, preach, encourage, give when I don’t have it, go when I don’t feel like it and even pray for people I don’t know but I am NOT exempt. Yes, I am a co-pastor of a church but I also clean that same church after service but I am not exempt. What I am, I am an investor which means I may have to lose in order to win but I am not exempt from the toil. Oh but get this, everything I have had to go through was paying into my investment. Everything I have to go through, it’s paying into my investment because every now and then I get a ROI or a Return on Investment. This means, I get some stuff back for the all the stuff I have had to endure and/or pay out.

In other words …

When I suffer, I am sowing into my savings that pays off in surpluses (an amount of something left over when requirements have been met).

When I am in pain, I am planting into another project that has the potential to provide a profit.

When agony has to be my allowance, I abide because it is making my assets abundant.

When I cry, it’s simply a cost I have to compensate in order to one day get my commission.

So now, instead of wallowing in my pit, I rejoice. Instead of being upset at what I don’t have, at the moment; I rejoice knowing it’ll soon pay off. However, it’ll only pay off if I invest. If that happens to mean days of not having, so be it. If it might mean, nights of crying, so be it. If it means, losing some folk, so be it because I need a ROI and the only way I can get it, I have to first invest. What are you willing to invest in order to get a return? Understand something, it may hurt (on the front end) but it’ll be worth it when it pays off.