Daily Devotional – 8/14/18 “At the edge!”

On this 14th day of the eighth month, I had to stop and share a word for somebody who is right at the edge. You are at the edge of saying forget it all. You are right at the edge of ending it all and at the edge of walking away from it all. Why, because at the edge is where the pain is becoming too much, the tears are becoming more frequent, the darkness is staying longer and the hurt that used to be done in secret is now deliberately in the open. The edge is where promises are broken. The edge is where you keep being cut. The edge is where you are all by yourself. The edge is usually where you feel the most at danger. Yet, I need you to ask yourself a question. How many times have you been to the edge but have not fallen? How many times have you been to the edge but have not died? How many times have you been to the edge and have not lost your mind? At the edge of losing it all but still, surviving. At the edge of dying but still, living. At the edge of going crazy but still, smiling. At the edge but still … Think about being in a bed. Have you ever woke up, out of your sleep to realize you were on the edge and one roll away from falling? Or been snatched from your sleep to see that all it would have taken was one move to have you connecting with the night stand? I’ve had a few of those scary moments and in retrospect, they make me think about all the times I should have fallen over the edge of this thang called life but haven’t.

And get this … it is not because we’ve been strong enough to prevent ourselves from falling. Truth of the matter is, a lot of us should have fallen by now. A lot us should have failed many times before but because God loves us, He shields us when we are too selfish to see we need it. He protects us, even when we are playing patty cake with our prayers and the enemy persuades us into thinking we got wings and can fly. He stops us, even though we have gotten ourselves into another jacked up situation we promised we would never do again. God is right there, at the edge with us. I do not know whom you are but baby the edge may have cut you and it may be suffering you at this very moment but it will not be the end of you. You will not die because it is not your time. You can stay there but do not jump. You can stay there but do not sin. You can stay there but do not curse God because God can still perform miracles at the edge. Don’t believe me? Come here grandma. A few years ago, doctors said call the family in and prepare to say your goodbyes. She was at the edge but this year, Grams celebrated another birthday in her right mind. Come here sister. Man said Trigeminal Neuralgia (suicide disease), disability, never be able to work again and many have not made it. She was at the edge but this year she’s still singing and living. Baby, you might be at the edge but God can still work miracles. You just need to trust Him while you’re at the edge!

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Daily Devotional – 8/9/18 “Where is your dance?”

Dancing, in the bible, is symbolic of joy, rejoicing and thanksgiving. Dancing signifies you moving from a place of mourning. Dancing gives a sense of gladness within your heart. Dancing gives a voice to the joy within. Beloved, where is your dance? Dancing shows the working of your limbs. Dancing implies there is blood flow happening. Dancing confirms healthy brain function. Beloved, where is your dance. Dancing indicates life. Dancing denotes defeat didn’t win. Dancing declares, I’m still here. Beloved, where is your dance? I don’t know who I’m talking too but there used to be a time you’d dance with no music because the sweet sound of Jesus, in your ear, was all you needed. There used to be a time you’d let your dance carry away the weight of the world. There used to be a time you’d get lost in dance. Beloved, where’s your dance? There used to be a time you didn’t care about having no rhythm, you’d still dance. You didn’t need a drink in your hand, you’d still dance. You didn’t need a dance floor, you’d still dance. You didn’t need an audience, you’d dance. You didn’t need a reason, you’d dance. Beloved, where is your dance?

I am not going to drag this devotional out, I simply need you to find your dance again. Whoever you are, I need you to dance again because the very thing you are looking for, it’s in your dance. The answer you’re waiting on, it’s in your dance. The darkness that needs to move, it will, when you dance. The pain, it’ll get easier to handle when you begin to dance. The grief, you can control it when you begin to dance. The anger, you can manage it better after you dance again. Yes, there will be some tears but don’t stop dancing. It may take a few tries to get back in sync, that’s alright, just dance. Shake out your leotard and dance. Dust off your shoes and dance. Go buy a new dress and dance. Get to your safe place, cue up your music, turn off the lights and get in your zone. Whatever it takes, DANCE! Find your dance, beloved.