Daily Devotional – 1/11/19 “I need closure!”

A lot of times we use the phrase “I need closure,” before we can move on but did you know that some wounds are left open in order to heal? Yea, I thought I’d let you know that sometimes beloved, closure, although it’s what you seek; it may not be what you get. You keep chasing folk trying to get “closure” and instead all you get is chaos, confusion and crying. You remain stagnant because of the need for closure yet those you’re waiting on have moved on. Look, when a wound is infected doctors will sometimes leave it open, in order for it to heal. You know why?

1. Because closing an infected wound makes the infection worse.
2. There isn’t enough “tissue” to close the wound and you run the risk of it reopening.
3. The person, who needs the closure, isn’t healthy enough to withstand the closing.

Closure is sometimes needed, don’t get me wrong, but trying to get healing from the person who left you wounded, don’t always end well because they might not know how to give you what you need. Forgive them, even if you only speak it to the wind and make right the offense you caused. Close the door yourself, you don’t have to wait on anybody else; they might not show up. Close that chapter of your life, you don’t need anyone’s permission; they may never give it. That apology, it may never come and if it doesn’t, don’t allow that to be the reason you don’t live. Stop chasing folk, stop stalking their social media pages, stop looking through old pictures and texts but more importantly; STOP WAITING FOR SOMETHING THAT MAY NEVER COME! You don’t have to have closure to live, laugh, love and be happy, profitable and in your purpose. All you need is God, faith, strength and the determination to get up every morning knowing you are God’s and everything He creates is great!

“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14


Daily Devotional – 1/9/19 “Sheep and Shepherds”

In this New Year, I pray for people to desire and crave God more. Not just for beneficial reasons but because you love Him and you willingly seek to know Him and do His will. On last night, God was dealing with me on sheep and shepherds. This is a subject I’ve touched on before but whether you know this or not, you as sheep need a shepherd. Here’s where I think the problem is. We go to a church with incorrect thinking of what the pastor’s responsibility is. The pastor is the shepherd and his/her responsibility is to strengthen the weak by providing sound teaching (nourishment), seeking those sheep who have gone astray, bandaging those who have been wounded in the wild and protect the sheep under their care. A shepherd doesn’t have to call you on your birthday, come to your housewarming party and shout you out on social media or respond to all 24 of your inbox/text messages. This is why you, I mean sheep, have to stop being so easily offended when the pastor doesn’t do what you think they should, causing you to run. When you run you, the sheep, leave yourself open to being wounded as prey. Here’s your blessing though. A good shepherd will go look for the one who strays. You want to know why? The shepherd is the one who will bandage your wounds and protect you from the wild because you’ll be too weak to fight on your own.

A good shepherd is one you follow because it’s not his voice you hear but that of God. A good shepherd is willing to stay up at night praying for you because they see a wolf approaching in the spirit that you haven’t seen yet. A good shepherd gives wisdom. But let me ask this … What are you doing as sheep? Are you being led astray because you don’t know the voice of your shepherd? Are you a wild sheep who doesn’t need a shepherd because you never settle down or are you a domestic sheep who requires the care of a shepherd? Are you a wild sheep who search for food, eating and digesting anything or a domestic sheep who is fed by their shepherd, the nourishment needed? Beloved, sheep needs shepherds because a sheep who is not properly cared for tends to carry too much weight which then leads to internal issues that keeps them from growing, infected feet that keeps them from walking, inflamed knees that keeps them from kneeling and the inability to care for the very thing(s) they birth. Sheep need shepherds unless you like being wild and wandering alone but how has that worked for you? It’s not too late, for you can pray like Psalm 119:176, “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.”