If You are Up, then Pull up Another…

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During the month of April, I spent a lot of time talking about falling, but now we are up and running or walking really fast.  Now, while many of us are tired of talking and or even hearing about the last two years and believe me I understand. The Lord has allowed us to live during a phenomenon that we had never experienced before.  Many of us have fallen and so many others have fallen around us, so if we have gotten up than we must pull up another. 

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The Holy Spirit continues to impress upon me that although the mask mandates are over and people are moving back into the offices, primarily because we are so very tired of living in a pandemic and again, I understand.  But I believe that it is even more critical now than ever for those of us who are up and running to pull up someone else.  There are those that may look ok and tell you that they are ok, but we are Not ok.  In addition, there are some of us that the Lord has continued to prosper beyond measure even during the pandemic and yet, there are others that are still struggling to get up.  It is for this reason that I want to challenge you that if you are up to act on what the Holy Spirit has been saying to you…

Where you are or what you have gone through may not be just for you… Now is the time to simply share a word to encourage to someone, or it may be sharing your testimony on how you are surviving or have survived, it may be a book, a podcast or maybe even a new business.  The Lord has allowed me to do all three and more.  But please don’t misunderstand… I am not boasting!  All my endeavors have been my acts of obedience and WAY out of my comfort zone and yours may be also. 

Most recently, I’ve been tasked to partner with a psychologist, Dr. Sislena Ledbetter to create an on-line course to help women to get their lives back. I believe that many of us have lost who we and have become what we do.  Many have lost their hope and joy of life itself.  We have had to learn that it’s ok to take care of ourselves first, because when we are totally depleted, we have no more to give to anyone. The Lord allowed Dr. Sis and I to cross paths over a year ago, but God’s timing is impeccable.  If you or someone you know may be interested, you can find more details about “Move Your Mountains” by clicking this link.  But my point is that We ALL have been called to use the gifts and talents that God has given us on behalf of His people and ultimately for His Glory. 

The Bible says,   

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 KJV

I beg of you, please do not just go back to business as usual. There is someone that you have uniquely designed to reach.  What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?  Are you listening?  May I remind you that the Lord has parted the Red Sea for us, we have walked across on Dry Land and we can Not go back to Egypt!

As always, I pray that you’ve enjoyed this week’s blog post, and something has been said to inspire and encourage you.  If so, we would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment or two.  But if for some reason, this episode does not resonate with you, please share with someone who you think might need it. 

Run, Don’t Walk!

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You’re up now and you have a lot of ground to cover.  Shout with the voice of victory!  … and Run, Don’t walk!    It’s time to run to Jesus even while the Devil is still talking.  We must trust the Lord beyond our knowing exactly what lies ahead.  We must believe even though we haven’t seen the whole picture. 

It’s called faith.  The Lord is growing and maturing our faith.  Faith in what He’s preparing for us to do.  Faith for what’s ahead.  The enemy tries to instill us with fear that what’s ahead must be bad.  But’s that’s not necessarily so.  However, at times, the Lord may disappoint us to elevate us… to get us up! 

But we will say…

  15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust [in] him:

Job 13:15A

The Apostle James says, Count it All Joy!

Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

jAMES 1:2-4

But, unfortunately, some of us may still be thinking, what if you don’t feel like running.  Then I’d suggest that you tell God about it, you can’t fight the enemy in your mind. Some of us have been taught that we can’t complain to the Lord, but David said otherwise…

I cry out to the Lord;
    I plead for the Lord’s mercy.
I pour out my complaints before him
    and tell him all my troubles.
When I am overwhelmed,
    you alone know the way I should turn.

Wherever I go,
    my enemies have set traps for me.
I look for someone to come and help me,
    but no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me;
    no one cares a bit what happens to me.
Then I pray to you, O Lord.
    I say, “You are my place of refuge.
    You are all I really want in life.

pSALM 142

Let me tell you a little secret, I don’t like to run at ALL, ever!  But, I will walk very fast.  I’m kinda out of shape, so walking very fast will get my heart rate up and I’ll start to sweat. So, you may have to run at your own pace and if you don’t really feel like running, then start walking really fast!  Now that you’re up, don’t let anything or anyone knock you down again.  Only go down on your own terms and then, get up running or walking really fast! Because, the Lord has exceeding abundantly above all that we could ever ask or imagine, according to the power that worketh in us.  So, we must remain humble… it’s all for His Glory. 

Here’s Special Word for the Entrepreneurs/Business Owners that might be out there:

There is someone out there that waiting to see the numbers to determine their success.  Number of likes or followers, or maybe dollars, or clients, I don’t know what you number is, but the Lord is saying that your obedience will determine your success, not a number.

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,

“I will never fail you.
    I will never abandon you.”[
a]

So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper,
    so I will have no fear.
    What can mere people do to me?”[
b]

hEBREWS 13:5-6

Remember, always take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

Falling Flat on Our Faith!

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Last week, we talked about “A New Beginning”!  So Now What?  Oftentimes, when we start something brand new, or when we’ve made a huge decision or encountered a major change is our lives; in the back of our minds, we wonder if we’ve made a BIG mistake, and that we might just “fall flat on our faces”.  Today, as we begin our lives afresh, I’d like to suggest that we try to “Fall Flat on Our Faith”!

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Psalm 139:23

The month of April marks the end of the 1st quarter of 2022.  It’s truly hard to believe.  However, it’s amazing how much society and culture has such a great impact on our thoughts and behavior.  There is one term that is looming large these days, it’s “The Great Resignation”.  I believe that people have decided that it’s time to get off the hamster wheel.  Many have decided that they prefer their virtual offices and have found that they can be more productive on the job AND spend more time with the family.  No more rush hours and long commutes.  In the process of living differently, we have been given an opportunity to birth our dreams, to push beyond our limitations, move past all obstacles and reach for the stars.

I am just really concerned that we are being pushed back to the way things were, but in my heart of hearts, I don’t believe that that is what God intended.  God has moved us out of Egypt, and He never wants us to return.  It’s time for us to prosper and flourish in the places that He has put us or possibly, the places that He is sending us.

So, what are you going to do now?  I am praying that before you go back to busy, stressed, and anxious, if you haven’t already, that you stop and give some thought to your next steps. Take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying… Instead of fearing that you might fall flat on your face, try falling flat on your faith and allow the Lord to Order your Steps!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Don’t just say it, Do it…

If you fall, He will catch you before you hit the ground!