Daily Devotional – 2/16/17 “Don’t let go!”

Do you ever reflect back over your life? Ever take a moment and think about where you were ten, five or even two years ago? I’m only asking because my husband reminded me this morning of how far we’d been bought by God’s grace. Yea, I could have easily said, how far we’d come but we only made it by being carried by God’s grace. And as I look at the tattoo on my right wrist, I know exactly when the renovation process, for us began. It was August 29, 2014, the day after I accepted God’s call. See, I toiled for over a year trying to figure things out on my own, struggling and barely surviving and fighting spiritually against myself. I blamed the enemy when truth is, it was me, I was fighting God. I was against everything God was trying to do in my life because I was worried about what ‘they’ would say. And it almost cost me everything. I don’t usually get this personal but I need our testimony to speak to somebody on the verge of giving up. I need OUR testimony to become somebody else victory speech. I need somebody else to trust and know God won’t leave you. Even when you’re fighting Him, He’s still there. Even when you’ve walked away, He’s still trailing behind. Even when you act like He doesn’t exist, He does. I learned this, the hard way and yet, it is part of the process I wouldn’t change because it taught me to trust God more.

Look, my husband and I were young when we bought our first house and the entire process wasn’t in our favor. We stayed there ten years before we moved into an overpriced apartment, we couldn’t afford. Stayed there four years until 8/29 when God told us we had to move. And we did! We moved the contents of our family in 2 days. Didn’t even have a place to stay but we moved. Lived in an extended stay for a month before moving in with my husband’s parents for a few weeks. We went from there to a home we rented for two years. But let me tell you what was different. From 2000 (when we bought our house) until 2014 (in the apartment), we struggled. BAD! Yet we moved when God said move and from November 2014 to October 2016, we never missed a bill. Our credit score started to rise and things were different. It was God keeping His promise. Never paid rent, gas, electric or car notes late. Never went hungry. God did it! And this year, 1/31/17, we became re-NEW-ed home owners. And as I was leaving this morning, I began chanting, “Thank you Lord.” Whoever you are, hold on. Don’t give up but be patient while trusting God. He’ll show up for you just like He did for us.

“Dear God, Help me to trust you even when it doesn’t make sense. Guide me and don’t take your hands off. Although I may fight, I won’t and can’t let go until you bless me. Amen”

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Daily Devotional – 9/1/15 “What’s my point?”

In order to experience the mountaintop view, you’ve got to first climb the mountain. In order to say, ‘It was hard being in that valley but I got out,’ you’ve got to first get out. In order to give your testimony, you’ve got to first experience your test. And in order to appreciate the people or things you do have, you have to sometimes experience losing them or it or get this … sometimes you have to experience the thought of losing them or it.

What’s my point? Well, it’s not going to always be easy. Baby, if it was as easy as being dropped off on top of the mountain, why would we need the struggle in the climb? If we didn’t need to experience the valley, every now and then, God wouldn’t allow us to go there. If we didn’t need a test, every once in a while, to test our spirit; God surely wouldn’t let it come in our vicinity. And if the enemy wasn’t required to shake our faith, every so often, God wouldn’t have him on contract. What’s my point? You’re going to be tried, toughen up! What’s my point? You’re going to be tested, study more! What’s my point? You’re going to be shaken sometimes, store up some prayers. What’s my point? Exactly what the bible says in James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Don’t give up in whatever it is you’re going through because in order to get through it, you have to go through it. This is the 9th month and biblically, 9 is divine completion so whatever it is … It shall be done!

P.S. Today is the 4th anniversary of this blog!! Isn’t God amazing??