Value your Name

Growing up my grandfather would always tell me that a young girl should value her name. I didn’t understand it then because my grandfather would always talk in riddles. As I got older I began to understand why it was so important to value your name. As young women we are often so hasty to find love, we often rely on our clothing to attract men instead of our intellect.

Maybe it’s possible for you to find love at the age of 16, but at that age I was still trying to find myself. You may think you’ve found the right one but then it happens y’all break up and then it’s another and another and another. You keep coming up empty and by this time your name has become the talk of town. “That Girl is loose,” they say.

Wow! This is what my grandfather meant when he said value your name. A man’s name is seldom exposed to so much gossip but a woman’s name seems to be fair game.

I am grateful that my grandfather talked in riddles and thought it not robbery to educate me about life. I learned that a good name and reputation is all you have so hold on to it and don’t let go.

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Church

Recently a church across the street caught on fire and speculation began to float around the community of how it happened. First they said kids playing with matches, then they said drug addicts getting high. The cause will probably never be known, but one thing I know for sure is that the building is no longer suitable to be a place of worship.

The day after the incident I went across the street and looked at the church. The building was a total loss, how could anyone ever worship within those walls again? As I thought on those things the Lord spoke to my spirit and said “you are the church, you worship inward and that flows outward.” The Lord reminded me that he is not coming back for the building but the spirit that dwells within us that has accepted him as Lord and Savior.

Then I asked the Lord about Hebrews 12:23 and assembling together; I don’t mind assembling I just don’t want to get so caught up in earthly buildings and neglect the building that is holding my soul. Nowadays people are bringing Satan in the church with the ways of the world.

Then he continued with this reminder, it’s time to become a church that holds standards. As Paul witnessed this earthly body will suffer but my salvation comes from the Holy Spirit that dwells within . Stop focusing on the things going on around you and focus on me and my word. God continued, I’m coming back for a church without a spot or wrinkle, you must be ready when I return.

Faith over Fear

It was my wedding anniversary and I had heard from all of my children except one. It was not like my daughter to not call and I could feel an uneasy feeling in my gut. Just as those thoughts vanished I got a text that read “ma I love you.” A red flag went off so I called and the voice on the other end was terrifying. “Ma I am sick, but please don’t come get me until after my semester exams.” After a brief conversation I sat there still uneasy so I called back, but this time through FaceTime. What I saw would startle any parent, my daughter eyes were sunken in with dark circles, she had bags of vomit in her bed and she couldn’t move. At that moment I raced into action calling my friend to take that ride that seemed forever. At the time my daughter was attending school in Miami which was a two hour drive but seemed like the longest ride of my life. When I got there we rushed up to her room I didn’t know what to expect, all kind of thoughts raced through my head….we knocked and knocked then eventually the door cracked open, standing their being propped up by an umbrella was my baby girl.

I thought it was a virus, she had Nyquil on her bed and was telling me symptoms that sounded like the flu. As a mother I went into nurse mode, I would make her soup, give her meds she would be back to her old self in no time. She was finally resting and then morning came, when my daughter entered the room she was drenched in sweat, the look in her eyes told me she was scared I immediately called 911 which was the beginning of our faith over fear. Our local hospital thought it was her appendix, then they said it could be her gallbladder but after an X-ray it was determined to be a kidney stone so huge she would have to be transferred to another hospital. It wouldn’t pass it was lodged. The doctors decided they would do a procedure to drain urine from her kidneys and put in a nephrostomy tube and at that moment my daughter got sepsis, a life threatening complication from an infection. This infection had spread through my daughters body and she was immediately put in ICU after the nurse had called a code twice. Once the code was called fifteen medical professionals rushed in…. they plugged my daughter to all types of machines and gave me the look of despair.

I was angry and hurt that my daughter was going through this, she was only 19 years old!! I prayed and cried….cried and prayed. I sought the Lord and asked him to give me faith over fear. All the doctors said she wouldn’t make it and if she did she would not be the same healthy girl she was before. While in ICU she developed pneumonia, her organs began to shut down they had given up on her, and put her on a breathing machine…miraculously she released on April 29, 2017. We thought the nightmare was over but she still had to get surgery to remove the stone but when they went in to take it out she developed sepsis again.

This was not happening; had God forgotten about us and then I asked God to please increase my faith over the fear of losing my child and he did. He reminded me that he gave me this child and before she became mine she was his, he reminded me that all sickness is not unto death, he reminded me that my help comes from him not only when things are going good but during the bad as well. After being in three hospitals during a 5 month span my daughter was able to walk out of those hospitals. This little girl had to regain strength to walk again, she had a tube in her back and had to walk around with a nephrology bag, she had to get her lungs drained, she had pneumonia, countless fevers…. It has been a year since this ordeal and she is now closer to home attending another university. She is healthy, happy, and healed!! I am so thankful to God for showing me that even during the midst of trials he never left us.

My daughters tattoo ….

9 years

I remember praying for a husband, I was very specific in my prayer request of what type of husband I wanted God to send me. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. I was a single mother with two girls and had given up on settling down. I remember praying asking how long… his response love me more, seek me more, and he would give me the desires of my heart.

Staying in a small town I thought this was impossible. Then it happened, in 2008 I met my husband because of a nail in my tire. I tell the story often because I had made up my mind that I would never meet someone. I felt like Sarah when the angel of the Lord told her she would have a child in her old age and she laughed.

I was very impatient, I wanted God to answer my prayers right then but his timing was not mine. Lord knows I wasn’t ready. I could cook and take care of my home but I wasn’t mentally or spiritually ready to settle down.

When I first laid eyes on my husband I didn’t know he would be the one, but he said it on day one that I would be his wife. I laughed at him, I could recall saying “you don’t even know me!”

Fast forward to tomorrow and we will be celebrating our 9th Wedding Anniversary!! I had to share my story to let someone who is seeking a husband or wife to keep trusting God and wait until he sends you the right one. Continue to seek the Lord as he prepares you for your spouse.

Prayer Request

When someone ask you to pray for them PRAY! You don’t need to know what’s going in their life before calling out their name before God. A prayer request is not a cue to start gossiping about that individual but a cue to intercede on their behalf.

When you are broken down by life and feel like giving up, you need a breakthrough.

Lord restore, Lord bless, Lord encourage, Lord provide, Lord heal, Lord comfort.

I don’t know what you’re praying for but I know God can do anything but fail.

I trust God to heal my body, I trust God to provide for me, I trust God to restore what I lost, I trust God to comfort me during my sorrow, I trust God to bless my going and coming, I trust GOD.

Before you go to sleep tonight…

pray for someone that has lost hope in God

pray for someone who needs a financial breakthrough

pray for someone who loss a loved one

pray for someone who is depressed

pray for someone who needs a job

Just pray….

Turn the other Cheek

How many of you have turned the other cheek when someone has wronged you? For some that can be a hard pill to swallow (metaphorically) but I have learned to refrain from retaliating against those who have insulted or attacked me.

Some are reading this and shaking their head, mumbling that they are not going to turn the other cheek but set it off. Please tell me what will setting it off do? You can’t control another’s actions but you can control your own.

Some people live to make others miserable, they pick and pick wanting you to lash out at them but you must be the better person.

“When they go low, we go high.”

– Michelle Obama

Turning the other cheek is not meaning to fight in the natural sense but spiritually it means to show love to those who continue to do you wrong.

Matthew 5:39 King James Version (KJV)

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Two Wrongs

I am a strong woman, built Ford tough. I have been in some relationships that made me look back and wonder how I got through but as Celia said….

It seems since Eve’s mishap women have been portrayed as the weakest link. I could argue the fact that everyone has made a mistake but that still wouldn’t justify her actions and why we as woman have so much pain in childbirth because of her wrongdoing.

Genesis 3:16

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Although she did wrong I am also reminded that man followed suit by eating from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” as well.

Genesis 3:6

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

No one did right in this situation so to me they both failed at their quest to please the Lord. Learn from this; if you fall down don’t stay there get back up.

Eve and Adam were both wrong but the woman shouldn’t have to carry the dot on her forehead while the man walks around dot free. God was gracious and merciful to forgive them both, even though he made them leave the garden he spared their lives.

Women it’s time to value your husbands, men it’s time to value your wives. It’s time to walk in love and don’t let mistakes cause you to give up on the marriage that God ordained in your life. The enemy is trying to find a way to get in between you and your spouse, cast him out of your home by fasting and prayer.

Testimonial Tuesday

Took my son to the doctor this morning, the doctors report wasn’t the best but I was still thanking God that we were heading home and not to a hospital. When I got closer to home I had an urgency to feel my pockets and to my surprise my license was gone, LOST!

I panicked and pulled over to call the doctors office and was told that no one had found it. I attempted to call the place where we had stopped for breakfast but the phone line was busy so I decided to call the drivers license office and see how much a duplicate would be and headed that way.

Got there and was happy to be number 25 as they were on 22 so my wait wouldn’t be long, as I sat there an urgency came upon me to call the breakfast location again and this time the phone began to ring. Someone had found my license in the parking lot and turned it in, I was so happy!!

I didn’t hesitate to drive the hour and a half distance again to reclaim something that I had lost but was now found.

As I turned into my yard I could only think of the Parable of the Lost Coin. The way I rejoiced over my license is how God and his angels rejoices over one person giving their life to Christ.

Luke 15:8-10

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Joseph

The son of Rachel; could his fate have anything to do with his mothers sins? ( Genesis 31:19) There was no reason for Rachel to steal from her father, some say her sin is the reason she wasn’t buried with the others. Was her actions the reason for Joseph’s turbulent life?

Left without a mother, he was raised by his father Jacob (Israel) and surrounded by his eleven brothers who despised him for his dreams and their fathers love for him. Jealousy was evident, how dare this youngster tell his elder brothers that one day they would bow to him. (Genesis 37:9)

The hatred they had in their hearts was evident. When they got the chance they got rid of Joseph by selling him into bondage. (Genesis 15:13-15) A young man betrayed by his brothers and sent to a foreign land, but things would only get worse for Joseph when Potiphar’s wife accuses him of rape. (Genesis 39:13-19)

In the midst of being confined in jail one would think Joseph would have lost his faith in God but he didn’t he continued to pray and trust God. He didn’t harbor hatred or resentment for those who had plotted against him.

Joseph was a faithful man who put his life in God’s hand and by doing so we read that Joseph was restored and rejoined with his family. He held no hard feelings but received them with open arms. (Genesis 50:15-21)

This story of Joseph is how we must live our lives. No matter who plots against us we must show love. Remembering that God is Love. No matter what their intentions are just know that God is fighting the battle on your behalf.

Luke 6:27

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.

Jacob and Esau

I must say it amazes me when God allow my eyes to be open to passages that I have read numerous of times. Only God can give you the wisdom and knowledge to understand his word that is so heavily cryptic. Yesterday I began to read about Jacob and Esau and it dawned on me that these are the first twins to appear in the Bible. (Genesis 25:24) In the natural sense when we hear of a woman that is pregnant with twins we automatically assume someone on the fathers side or the mothers side carries that gene. Rebekah probably wondered this same thing but she didn’t ask her mother or father she enquired the Lord.

And the Lord said unto her, “Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23)

When the Lord told Rebekah ” Two nations are in thy womb,” this alone was a remarkable prophecy. The Lord stated that the elder would serve the younger so there was no need for Jacob to ask for Esau’s birthright (Genesis 25:31) or for Rebekah to deceive her husband Isaac into giving Jacob his blessing. (Genesis 27:6-29) To think the two must have thought that God needed their help, but the devil has a way of rearing his ugly head into situations to make you think that God is not a man of his word.

” God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

By me reading this passage I was enlightened and the Lord gave me this prophetic message for his people, if God has promised you he is going to do something have patience and trust him he doesn’t need help he is God all by himself. Thankful for the amazing revelation God gave me while reading his word.

” Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)