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Thanks for stopping by. This means that you are on a quest to pursue your purpose. The personal devotions in this blog are our very own or from books we have read. They are to remind you of the treasure in God's promises and wet your appetite for more, drawing you into Scripture itself, as you take this journey in preparing for your next level in God.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Heart and a Fresh New Start

I am excited about being an Author now of my first debut book "It Had to Happen". Although I must admit, the process for writing and publishing a book are both challenging and fulfilling. I recall one day writing chapter five of the book, I hit the wrong key and the entire page was deleted. At that very moment I went into a panic, picked up my cellphone and called my son Michael to assist me. Of course, no answer! So I sent him a text message and of course, instant response. A sudden thought, why didn't you just answer your phone? I responded back with my problem. And Michael's response back was "Mom relax, just click the undo button...LOL!!!". To my surprise that is exactly what I did and the information appeared again.

Whoever created the “undo” and “redo” features are absolute genius! These features allow us to easily correct mistakes. Undo reverses the last action we performed and Redo undoes the last Undo action. Immediately, I had an "Ah Ha, snap, snap" moment! For something as simple as a click of the mouse, we can undo or redo information. We must admit in life, it has taken longer to warm up to the idea. Ezekiel 18:31 encourages us, "Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit". Carefully today, read and mediate on God’s promises so you can undo or redo a changed heart and experience a fresh new start with Him.

Stay committed to God and pray this prayer: Lord, I come to you now in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. I confess that I have rebelled against you and I put that behind me. I thank you for a new heart and fresh new start. I choose today to follow and obey your Word. In Jesus Name…Amen!
Stay focused,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

You Can Have It!

Remember the old expression, "You can't have your cake and eat it too." Here's another way to say it: "You can't have it both ways." It applies, for example of a time for weeks I planned for a gathering with family and friends. To my expectation, everyone brought their favorite dish, dessert, breads, drinks... We had a blast playing games, laughing, and dancing to our favorite songs. However, at the end of the night I wondered why these very people did not continue the celebration and stay to help me clean up. I thought to myself, "you can't have your cake and eat it too!"

I thought about leaving the cleanup until morning. However, my borderline OCD tendencies would not allow me (LOL). Two hours later exhausted and glad I did because the thought of waking up to the mess... NO WAY! As I settled in for the evening, I decided to read a bit and came across a refreshing word in Psalm 16:11,"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with the eternal pleasures at your right hand."

Here's encouragement for you as it did for me. Notice the past, present, and future implications there? Turns out, sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too! God himself promises! And He makes it possible. At some point in our past God planted our feet firmly on the "path of life", the path of true faith. We would never have found that path ourselves as we wandered through life's wilderness. God searched us out and brought us home to him.

God will continue to fill us with joy in his presence. Regardless of how we feel at any given moment, regardless of whether we happily accept facts at hand, God presence buoys our hopes, calms our anxieties, and ignites our faith.

This fills my heart to wonder. As I look back on my life, I see the sustaining power of God's presence. As I think about it today, my heart overflows. And as for His promise of future joy, I'm at a loss for words. I can have it and this presence carries on until eternity. There we'll inherit the "eternal pleasures" we can't even imagine now.

This made me smile as I shook my head of how I felt earlier and thought, "Girl go to sleep, its not that serious!"

The Perfect Getaway

What's your perfect getaway? A nail salon appointment? A spa appointment? A nice morning sitting on your balcony admiring nature? A candlelight dinner for two? Or a Saturday sitting around in your pajamas, watching your favorite chic movies, while at the same time taking advantage of your only splurge day to eat whatever you want?

We all need to getaway once in awhile. We all need to take a break -- from people, work, and causes we love so much. If you doubt that or feel a twinge of guilt because of it, consider this: It's time and you are way overdue! There are times we will experience fatigue and overload that will require us to have true rest. I had a mentor tell me once "you have to put yourself on your own to-do list". This word of advice was priceless to me. I have a standard ME-day weekly appointment.

But I got to thinking about her advice and realized, one true getaway I do know like no other; is when we go to God. When we go to Him we find this true rest we need.
In the shadow of His wings, our souls live, truly and forever. In His presence there is peace, acceptance, compassion, and security.

Most spas require a reservation. Even nail and hair salons schedule appointments. But this getaway is ours for the asking whenever we need it. Even on the spur of the moment. Heavens's door stands open: "Come to me". Whether we're weary and worried or elated and energized, we can come. Need a getaway? Then run into God's arms!

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Changing of Hands: Three principles in obtaining the wealth you need

Are you in a place in your life where you are pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to manage your finances from day to day.If you are continually strapped financially and are sick and tired of it, God has help for you. Many, today, live on borrowed time and borrowed money. The Bible does not teach, as some propose that all debt is wicked and sinful. However, it does teach the undesirability of debt. Debt should be a last resort. God may occasionally allow it in order to teach us discipline. However, He never meant it to be a way of life.

Proverbs 13:22 says,” A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up”. This tells us the wealth will eventually come into our hands when we are living right. God will cause the transfer of wealth to come into the hands of His sons and daughters, from the hands of sinners.

You have to stand on the authority of Jesus Christ and declare by faith that poverty must go out of your lives. Deuteronomy 8:18 is evident that “God is the one that gives the power to get wealth.” So how do we tap into this power we already have to get wealth? Quite simple, it begins with prayer. We have to pray for the power to obtain this wealth.

I believe there are three practical principles relating to this divine prosperity. If applied correctly, they will truly manifest in our lives as it relates to our money:

I. Make Money – You have to be able to make money legally. Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.” You need to pray for the wisdom of God to generate unique idea that will enable you to get this wealth.

II. Manage Money – You have to have the right perspective on how to manage money. Haggai 1:5-6 says, “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” In other words, there are some people, even if you give us $1M, $1K, $100, or even $10, we will mismanage it. If you are not a good steward and handle your monies incorrectly, you will go back into begging and borrowing.
III. Multiply Money – Learn how to multiply the wealth God has given you. It is not enough to make money, but you need to multiply it. Pray for discernment to make the right investments. I am reminded of Issac in Genesis 26:13, “And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished”.

Are you ready to experience wealth? Pray and believe in faith God will manifest His power in you to get wealth and wealth will change into your hands.

Burst Open Heaven!

Have you ever felt like there’s a blockage? You move forward, then you take two steps backward? There are so many problems you don’t know what to do? As a word of encouragement, this is the time to really pray. The tenacity of your prayer must be capable of causing the heavens to open for your sake. The Word says “OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence”-- (Isaiah 64:1 - AMP).

Open heavens will enable us to obtain the breakthrough we need in our lives.
When the heavens open the angels of God will begin to ascend and descend bringing multiple blessings for each of us. These blessings include: favor, power, promotion, breakthrough, finances, good health, joy, peace, etc.

One of the curses in Deuteronomy 28:23 (AMP) says, “The heavens over your head shall be brass and the earth under you shall be iron.” This shows that it is possible for our heaven to be closed. So we have to become strategic in prayer to get back what is due to us by busting open heaven.

When your heaven become brass, your angels cannot reach you, Daniel fasted for 21 days. When his angel of blessing came he said: “Then he said to me, Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come as a consequence of [and in response to] your words.” (Daniel 10:12-AMP) The heavens were closed because of satanic obstacles. However, Daniel faithfully continued praying until his answer came.

Likewise, we need to continue praying; prayer is the key that turns God’s promises into reality. Now is not the time to give up and get weary. On the contrary, this is the time to gear up. “God will rend the heavens”, the angels of God will begin to ascend and descend upon your life” (John 1:15 – NLT).

Are You Running On Empty?

You know how it feels. At the beginning of this year you were on fire and claiming the blessings of the Lord. You felt like this year was going to be your year! Now your life seems to be going in a gazillion different directions. Truthfully, behind that smile, you’re feeling drained and defeated. Even the fire of your relationship with God, that once burned so brightly, now seems to be barely flickering.

In looking at Psalm 6, we find David. Physically, he is wasting away. He’s been running from enemies too long, and he’s exhausted. Spiritually, he’s dismayed and thinking God has forgotten him. Emotionally, he’s depressed and feeling ready to give up. David is running on empty and he is transparent to God.

David says, in verses 2-3,6 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? 6 I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears.

I believe there are some of us who can identify with David and I want each of you to know that you have to shift your focus from your feelings to the facts. David turned his attention to the facts to bring himself out of his depression and run down state. In verses 8-9 David tells the enemy of his mind: 8 Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.

King David got his focus back. It wasn’t about his feelings. It was about the God who was going to take care of him. David may have felt like God had forgotten about him, but the fact is, God knew his case. He may have felt God wasn’t listening to him, but the fact is, the God of his heart heard his cry. So what about you? Are you focused on your feelings or are you focused on the facts?

I’m reminded of a time I too was running on empty. I came to realize it one morning in an “Aha” moment of my life. I woke up late this particular morning. It seemed as if everything that could go wrong, did. I got my hair wet in the shower and couldn’t find my keys to only realize they were in my jacket pocket. To make matters worse I get in the car and was nearly out of gas.

While attempting to pump the gas, I noticed the nozzle did not fit in my tank. In my rush, I was attempting to use diesel fuel in my unleaded tank. God spoke to me through this situation.

Many times we are so busy that we lose sight and focus on the wrong things. We start trying to use other things to refuel ourselves and it doesn’t fit into the plans that God has for us. God says it is time to Re-ignite the Flame! Therefore, when our passion for God wanes and the flame that once burned brightly begins to flicker, Jesus is the one who can and will ignite it.

How can we put ourselves back into the position where He can re-ignite the flames in our hearts? 1) We must pray, 2) We must read the word, and 3) We must believe. Staying in the will of God can constantly infuse His energy in us. God is the only one who can refuel you. God will continue to instill in your passion for Himself, a purpose in life, and a zeal for living so that you can never again feel you’re running on empty…Peace be with you!