Daily Devotional – 9/27/17 “S.H.I.T HAPPENS!”

S.H.I.T HAPPENS! Yes, this is a Christian devotional and some of you are shocked by the word but baby, Struggle, Hurt, Infirmities and Turmoil (SHIT) happens. What now? Now that S.H.I.T has shown up at your home, what now? Yes, I get it. That failed relationship left you fearful, that divorce devastated you and that sickness suffered you. What now? The abuse left you afflicted, the times you fell left you limping, the mornings you cried left you closed off and the sleepless nights left you stumbling. What now? You still haven’t let go of the fact, you lost things. Why not? You still haven’t recovered from the repossession/foreclosure. Why not? You still get mad when you remember being turned down. Why? Why are still counting the losses instead of rejoicing for the wins? Why are you still standing at the closed door when God has the ability to give you the entire building? Why are worried whether the bank will give you a loan when God has the power to give you every dollar you need? Where is your faith? And where is your strength to flush the S.H.I.T?

Haven’t you realized by now that sulking in your sunken place, being pacified in your pit, accepting your victimology in the valley won’t help? Baby, you’ve got to get up and come out. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it hurts a lot. Yes, it hurts a lot of the time but you’ve got to press through. If not, you run the risk of sitting in your S.H.I.T, being stinky and dirty. Please understand, it is ultimately your choice because it is only when you get tired of being filthy that you’ll get up and clean yourself off. Baby, it’s not just you, stuff happens to all of us. This is why the bible says Psalm 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Yes, we are afflicted BUT God will deliver us. Yes, we suffer but God will deliver us. Yes, we face turmoil but God will deliver us. No, I don’t know when but I trust He will. I don’t know how but I believe He will. However, you cannot give up before it happens. Today, you have to choose what happens after the S.H.I.T happens. What will you do? Choose wisely because it may be a while before the choice to choose comes again.

Daily Devotional – 7/5/17 “Getting up is the hard part”

I am a night person, always have been yet I still cringe when the alarm goes off in the morning. I find myself wanting to hit the alarm’s snooze button for the fifth time or silence my husband who says, for the ninth time; it’s time to get up. Then I find myself slowly throwing my legs over the side of the bed and the comforter back which officially lets me know, I’m up. I sit there for a minute before my feet touch the floor but once all this happens, I’m up. Getting up was the hard part. Why am I sharing this? The Holy Spirit told me I needed to encourage somebody today by letting you know, getting up is the hard part. Yeah, I know we thought falling was but it isn’t, if you think about it. It’s like accidentally falling. Once you’ve fallen down, you find yourself looking around to see if anyone saw you because you know, if they did, you will now have to answer questions. “Ma’am, what happened? Sir, are you alright?” Getting up is the hard part. Then you will have to deal with the embarrassment of knowing, you fell.

This is no difference spiritually because when you fall/fail, you find it hard to get up because now you’ve got to face the consequence of your fall. Whether it’s being embarrassed you fell, being talked about, laughed at or even hurt; you have to deal with it. Realizing, getting up is the hard part. I mean, if I stay down maybe no one saw me fall. If I stay down, maybe I don’t have to deal with the things on my to-do list. If I don’t get up, maybe it will go away. If I don’t get up, maybe I can act like it never happened. If I don’t get up, just maybe I won’t have to look it in the face anymore. Getting up is the hard part. Oh but I just stopped by to tell you, you need to change your tone when you get up. Yeah, you need to put some bass in your voice and tell folk, “Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light (Micah 7:8).” Of course, no one likes to fall but it happens and you have to be willing to get up. It doesn’t matter why you’ve fallen nor the number of times that you have, getting up will be hard but get up. Because the bible tells us in Psalm 34:19, “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.” Getting up may be hard but the only way to get over the fall, you’ve got to get up and try again.