Daily Devotional – 2/5/19 “You don’t have to stay in the shape you’re in!”

This isn’t your usual devotional message but I had to stop by and tell somebody, you don’t have to stay in the shape you’re in. Look, I don’t have all the answers but here are ten things that may (or may not) help you. It is my prayer, they do.


    1. Get help! Therapy, financial, spiritual, substance abuse, domestic violence, sickness, suicidal, depression … GET HELP!

    2. Rebuild your credit. Stop being shame of having to file bankruptcy. However and don’t miss this … once you’re out of it, DON’T GO BACK! Pay your bills before the next due date and it will not go on your credit. Ex. If it’s due on the 2nd, pay it before the 2nd of the next month. Sure, you may get a late fee but it will not affect your credit.

    3. Live beneath your means, not above it! Trying to live in a space you can barely afford will put you in debt.

    4. TITHE! This may be hard for some of you to do but even if you start small, even if it’s $5 this month, tithe then add $5 next month until you get to where you need to be.

    5. Stop getting these check advances and title loans! They are NOT GOOD for you!

    6. Change your mindset! You don’t have to have the new Jordan’s, you don’t have to get your nails done every two weeks, you don’t need new bundles every pay-day, you don’t have to eat out, you don’t have to go out and you don’t have to shop at every sale.

    7. Cut up those credit card advertisements you get in the mail.

    8. Cut up those credit card advertisements for your teenagers/young adults. If you want to build their credit, put them on your card as an authorized user.

    9. GET INSURANCE! Life, home, renters, auto, burial, critical care, etc. A tip for parents with teenagers, put them on your auto insurance while they have their permit, it’ll build their history and save you money when they get their license.

    10. Teach your children about the value of their name, credit, faith and reputation. A bad record, of any kind, will follow you.

“The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.” — Matthew 13:22

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Daily Devotional – 1/16/19 “Spiritually Kidnapped!”

Some of you came into 2019 with your spiritual kidnapper and the reason you haven’t left yet, you have Stockholm Syndrome. In other words, you’ve gotten comfortable with the person/thing who has kidnapped your gifts, plans and purpose. Yea, they keep reminders around but you’ve got used to not using your gifts because “they” said they weren’t good for you and would never pay off. They remind you, in anger, what they ‘saved’ you from but truthfully, they only made you a hostage. They allow you a little freedom, to dream, but not much because if you were to ever get a taste of your purpose, they are fearful of you realizing your true potential and leaving their raggedy, good for nothing butt. This is why, beloved, they’ll keep calling you fat, ugly, useless, unimportant and saying no one else will want you. A manipulator and abuser will tell you everything, they know will make you stay. “I’ll kill myself if you leave,” “I promise not to hurt you again,” “You know I didn’t mean it,” “I’ll get help,” or even “I’ll help you with your dreams.” Yet, they’ll still hurt you by taking you to the edge but not allowing you to touch.

They want you to believe you can’t make it without them but are you not tired? Are you not tired of hiding the journals with the unpublished books? Are you not tired of throwing away your visions and goals? Are you not tired of looking in the mirror and not recognizing the gift that you are? Are you not tired of purpose keeping you up at night or daydreaming about the thing that makes you happy? Aren’t you tired of not walking in your calling? Yea, what you’re doing and that job you have now, it’s okay but it’s not your purpose. For Psalm 57:2-3 says, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.” My sister/my brother, today I’ve seen your face on the missing poster and I’m calling in a tip for your freedom. Yea, I’m sending in the Spiritual Weapon and Tactic Team (SWAT) to pull you to safety. I’ve called the Chief of Purpose and He’s mobilizing His best team of angels to get you out. Oh but hold up because you have to be ready. It makes no sense to go through all the preparations just for you to go back to your pit. If you’re ready, great but if you’re not speak your truth and when you are ready, then give this signal … Lift your head towards heaven and say, “God, I surrender and I’m ready.”