Daily Devotional – 9/27/18 “I almost missed it!”

This past weekend I attended a Women’s Retreat called, “Loving Me Again” (#LMA2018) facilitated by Lisa Knowles-Smith of the Brown Singers. If you are from Memphis, then you know who Lisa is and if you are not, Google her and allow her music to bless you. Initially, I was only going as a vendor (to sell books) but what I didn’t know, God had other plans and His plan was being set into motion way before we even got to Atlanta. See, I was going to sell books but God was sending me to change hearts. I was going to gain new readers but God was sending me to gain new souls and I almost missed it. No, you do not understand. I literally, paid for the vendor spot on the very last day because I did not want to spend money and not make any, never realizing this was bigger than me, all along. Y’all, I got to sit on a panel with Lisa Knowles-Smith and Tammi Haddon and it wasn’t planned. I got to meet women from different states, backgrounds and careers, I got the chance to encourage women and I sold some books. God was shifting me and I almost missed it because I was basing this event on what had happened in the past.

I was hesitant because I have been to, more than a few events, spent money to travel etc., and not made a dime. Those past events almost made me miss this event. How many of you have missed a blessing because it reminded you of something that happened before and the memories were not good? How many times have you missed the help, you needed, because you based it on history? How many times have you missed the relief, you sought after, because it looked like rebuke? How many times have you willingly forfeited the very thing needed to shift you because it reminded you of the thing that suffered you? While I was on the panel, one topic kept coming up. It was forgiving and forgetting. If you have been following my blogs, you know that I believe you cannot forgive without forgetting but here is what I need you to understand. When I say forget, I do not mean erasing it from your memory (we do not possess that power) but I mean remember it differently. In other words, you cannot forget the abuse you suffered but forgive then remember that you survived what he/she tried to do to you. I need you to remember that what they tried did not win. I need you to remember that what bruised you didn’t burden you but it birthed in you the boldness to build when you should be broken. Do not miss your opportunity, this time because of what it looks like. Trust that God has it already worked out in your favor. Psalm 40:5, “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.”

Daily Devotional – 4/17/14 “Setup!”

Yea, the way our lives are setup; we cannot lose! The way our path has been setup, we won’t be lost. The way our destiny is setup, we cannot fail! For Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Yes, I am a sinner who was saved by the blood when I walked up and sat on the mourner’s bench (in revival one night), confessed my belief in God and His power, accepted Him into my life and was baptized in the water because the way God set this thang up, I was already chosen. I am a sinner who sometimes sin, lie, curse, occasionally drink, dance to worldly music, sometimes worry, sometimes say no when I should help, sometimes stay when I should go, sometimes miss the message from the messenger and sometimes frown instead of smile yet the way God has this thang setup, it’s a part of my purpose. I am a sinner who sometimes falls asleep without praying and eat without saying grace yet God has it all a part of the setup. I sometimes worry when I shouldn’t, make a few mistakes without repenting and get discouraged when I should pray but it’s all part of the setup. I sometimes get tempted but I hold fast and I even get sick at times but it’s all part of the setup. Do I always read my bible, do I always do what God says I should, do I always walk the right path, do I always use my gift, do I always encourage those who are discouraged or do I always pray for folk instead of myself, no! But it’s all part of the setup. I am a girl who was once broken but I’ve been healed, once hurt but now I’m well, once cried but now I have joy, was once in the dark but I’ve seen the light shining from on the inside of me, was once on the wrong path but with God, He made it right; I was once dying but now I’m living, I used to sing “I was battered, bruised and cast aside” but that’s been replaced with “Now I got the Lord on my side.” Oh, whatever it is, whatever it used to be and whatever it will be; I now know that it’s all part of the setup! God is the man with the plan and I’ll trust His setup over mine any day!

“Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” Psalm 40:5