God is Shouting…

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I must tell you that the Holy Ghost Downloads and the messages that I’ve hear over the past week, has been nothing less than incredible, yet so very overwhelming.   It’s as if the Lord is Shouting at me!  Now, many of us have been taught that the Holy Spirit only speaks in a whisper, with His still small voice.  But do you believe that at times, the Lord may become somewhat frustrated with us and because when He whispers, we don’t really listen, so He Shouts!  There’s a noise in your spirit that is so very loud that you can’t ignore it.   This is not a shout of chastisement, it’s more of a wakeup call, so that He can give us our next set of instructions.  I believe that this may apply to some of you, and you know who you are…

Let me begin by saying that there was so much in last week’s episode, “Preparing for the Journey”.  Now I must give you a disclaimer, I do not have the gift of prophecy, although some say I do, but that’s not the point.  I believe that there’s a major shift happening in our lives and the Lord has had to result to shouting at us, because time is of the essence.

We are being shaped like clay in the potter’s hand into the version of us that we need to be for what’s ahead of us, as we prepare for the journey. I find it very interesting that He uses the same ball of clay to mold us into a new pot.  Visualize with me, His hands are so smooth and gentle, as He molds the wet clay.  The potter’s hands go up and down and a pot takes shape.  But once the pot is formed, it takes time for it to solidify and harden.  So, we can’t rush the process or else the clay may be crushed into a ball again and He will have to start over, but remember, He will use the same ball of clay.  There is no better place for us than in His hands.  The Lord says…

I will teach you wisdom’s ways
    and lead you in straight paths.
12 When you walk, you won’t be held back;
    when you run, you won’t stumble. 

Proverbs 4:11-12 NLT

As I said last week and will continue to say, the Lord is constantly leading us towards our destiny and many times, we don’t even know it. He is ordering our steps and guiding our decisions, as we move from one place to another in this life.  However, the question begs, are we ready to listen to the Holy Spirit or will He have to continue to shout.  The choice is ours. 

Over the next few weeks, unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise, I would like for us to look a tad closer at our own respective journeys.  Let’s consider where we are in our potter’s clay molding process.  Are we still a ball of clay?  Are we wet clay on the potter’s wheel?  Or are we a new pot that has begun to solidify, as our destiny becomes clearer? 

I pray that you will join us… and always remember to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying!

Preparing for the Journey

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Imagine with me, for a moment, that someone very close to you; spouse, sister, best friend, someone who knows you, almost better than you know yourself, told you that they were taking you on a trip.  You will be gone two weeks, but they are not going to tell you where you are going.  Now if you are like me, there is already a problem, because I would really want to know where we were going!  But again, we are just imagining, so they give you a few details, so that you can prepare:

  • It’s going to be warm about 70-75 degrees, but it may get cool at night, and you may have to be prepared for rain.
  • We will be doing a lot of walking, so bring comfortable shoes.
  • We may have dinner in a fancy restaurant, so bring something nice to wear.
  • We may work on our business plan for a few days, so bring your computer…  

And that’s all, no more details, you must just get ready for the trip!  But the details are so vague… a lot of walking, where?  Fancy restaurant, how fancy?  So, are you excited or just a tad apprehensive or maybe a little bit of both?

Isn’t the Lord the same way and He knows us better than you know ourselves? 

So, how are we preparing for where the Lord is taking us? Or are we going to just go with the flow until we get where we are going?  For some reason, I don’t think that that will work.  We must get ready, although we have no idea where we are going, and He will give us just enough information to prepare for the journey.

For a moment, I’d like you to consider that before God decided where we were going or what He needed us to do [our purpose], we were created for His Glory.  Sometimes, I think that we need to be reminded.   

Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.’”

Isaiah 43:7

So, He doesn’t have to tell us where we are going, we just have to get ready and put things in suitable order for the journey.  We must understand that the Lord wants to do a new thing in our lives, something that we have never seen or even imagined before.  Thus, we have no frame of reference of what our destination may be. The Lord says…

19 For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

isaiah 43:19

At times, we may think that if we just knew where we are going, we’d know what to wear and we could plan for what we’d do when we got there.  But do we really what to know?  Remember Daniel… He saw a vision of the future and as he was trying to understand, God told Gabriel to tell him what the vision meant.  I can only surmise that after fainting three times, he would have rather not known!  Personally, at this point, I am ok with the small details that the Lord is willing to give me. 

We cannot afford to get too preoccupied with where God is taking us, however, we must strongly consider our decisions along the way, with the information that we have. Recently, I read that even “a good decision does not mean a path without obstacles”.  Many times, God will take us through the process of elimination, so the first thing God shows us, isn’t His final answer.  Then we get frustrated when the first thing doesn’t work.  This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t from God, nor was it a bad decision, it’s just a part of getting prepared for the journey.  God’s way is not just right, it’s the very best route and He makes Himself responsible for us arriving safely to our destination. 

Although, at times, we wish that we had even as much detail as was given to us regarding our two-week trip with a friend to a place that we’ve never been before, but to prepare for His journey…

We really must be listening intently to what the Holy Spirit is saying ALL along the way…

Once We are in His Overflow, We will be Stretched…

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Last week, we talked about living in the overflow, meaning to be saturated with God’s presence to the point we begin to overflow His Glory. Since we cannot contain His Glory, the overflow becomes the catalyst to our calling.  We all have the same calling: to glorify God in everything we do. This is why we are here. Scripture says God created us for His glory (Isa. 43:7) and instructs us to “do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Logically, this sounds reasonable, however, spiritually, we will be stretched beyond our own ability.  To be stretched means to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, (beyond normal limits) in a particular direction and that can be extremely uncomfortable, even painful.

We cannot afford to be so preoccupied with just living life that we forget why we were created! The Lord is constantly leading us towards our destiny and many times, we don’t even know it. He is ordering our steps and guiding our decisions, as we move from one place to another in this life.  Although this scripture may be very familiar, it should reveal something new to us every time we read, say, or hear it.

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 [what decisions to make].

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT (paraphased)

Our obedience is the key.  Sometimes we think we have a choice to obey God, and yes, we have free will.  However, no matter what we choose to do or choices we make, for our fruit to grow, God must make it rain.  We may decide that we just want to live the simple life and the Lord will let us settle for simple, even when He knows that He has a better life for us.  But to have better, we will have to be stretched, pulled beyond our self-imposed limits. 

As we all look back over the last three (3) years, even in the midst of some of our greatest challenges ever, the Holy Spirit has continued to create opportunities for us to utilize our true God-given gifts and talents.  So, as we live in the overflow, we should not be surprised when our assignment triggers our inadequacies. Many of us may tend to underestimate our abilities, especially during difficult times, but remember, we are being stretched! 

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

Matthews 5:16

As we move forward, we cannot afford to be too busy doing things that be fruitful and miss the moment(s).  They may not be BIG moments, according to our expectations.  But we must be ready when the door opens, because it’s the small opportunities, at just the right time, that may count the most,

which is why we must always be listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying!

Living in the Overflow

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Over the past several weeks, I had begun to see and hear the word “overflow” in a lot of different places, for example, in sermons, bible plans, even on social media.  Oftentimes, I believe that it’s the Holy Spirit tries to tell us something, so although for a while I hadn’t it a lot of thought, I decided that it was time for me to pay attention. 

So, let’s look at what it means to “live in the overflow”.  First, I googled the biblical definition, I found this and was rather overwhelmed, it said; It’s in this place of prayer [in our constant conversations with the Lord] that we get saturated with God’s presence to the point we begin to overflow His glory. Wow!  I believe that the Lord always intended for us to live in His presence, which is why He put His Holy Spirit in us.  When God created us, we were never meant to simply live or exist. However, there may be times, when we do things that although they make sense, they may not please God.  The Lord expects us to allow the Holy Spirit that’s in us to lead, guide and direct our steps (our decisions) as we walk through this life. 

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen

Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT

We should never settle for less than what God has for us, so let’s always live in His Overflow!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 15:13 nlt

He may Never tell us Why…

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Although we often ask God, Why? … do we really want to hear His answer?  When we think about it honestly, God doesn’t actually owe us an explanation for what He does or how He does it.  But this is by no means in a callous, uncaring sort of way, but I believe that the Lord knows that there is nothing that He can say that would satisfy us, … an answer that we could actually embrace and understand. 

As of late, I have no idea where the Holy Spirit is going to take my downloads, but here we go… I woke up Friday morning and was about to prepare for my first appointment and the client called me to cancel.  Something was weighing on her mind, but I didn’t pry.  So shortly thereafter, a friend/client left me a voice message to say that her son had passed.  Although he was an older man and she had expected it, it is never easy to lose a child, at any age … and then I listened to a somewhat disturbing relationship podcast that a friend had sent me that she wanted to discuss.  It was at that moment that I felt that I had been bombarded with glimpses of what people are going through and I began to cry.  So, I went to the Lord in prayer. 

Once I got off my knees, I felt relieved that I had done what the Holy Spirit had prompted me to do and not try to take on the burdens of others, but to intercede and bring their cares to the only One that could give them the Grace & Peace to get them through, no matter the situation.  But then He brought me back to the title of this week’s podcast, “He may Never tell us Why?” and if He did, we probably wouldn’t like His answer, nor would we understand.  But there a little bit more to this story…

Later that morning, I had an opportunity to talk to my friend, who had just lost her son.  She told me that although she was sad, she was grateful to God (that is an entire message by itself).  Ms. H. is in her 80’s and to me, she is what God’s Grace looks like.  The Lord allowed our paths to cross a few years ago when I was given the task of helping her to downsize so that she and her son could move to California to live with her daughter.  Since arriving in California, Ms. H. has faced one challenge after another and EVERY time I speak with her, she says how very grateful to God she is. 


My prayer is that especially when the walls of life seem to be falling around us and we may have no idea why… we know somewhere deep in our spirit that the Lord loves us so very much and He is working ALL things for our good…. Now He does not say, by no means, that ALL things are good. 

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 KJV

The New Living Translation says it this way:

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. N

Romans 8:28 NLT

Although I felt like crying again as I typed this, I believe that there is someone out there listening, who needs to know that you may never know the why of your situation or circumstance, no matter how big or how small.  You can keep moving forward because God has you hidden in His secret place.  He is our refuge and our fortress [our place of safety and protection]. (Psalm 91).  I’m reminded of the poem “Footprints in the Sand”, we may think that He has left us, when in fact, the Lord is carrying us…and He may Never tell us Why!

It’s Just Not Gonna Make Sense…

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I believe that our biggest opportunity in life today is that we keep trying make it all make sense! I’m sorry that I have to be the one to tell you that it’s not gonna make sense no matter how hard we try.  Our lives are in God’s hands, when we allow Him to take control.  We are God’s children; He knows everything about us.  We are His AMAZING creation, and we must stop trying to figure out the Creator!  

O Lord, you have examined my heart
    and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
    You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
    and when I rest at home.
    You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
    even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
    You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too great for me to understand!

Psalm 139:1-6

I can never escape from your Spirit!
    I can never get away from your presence!

psalm 139:7

Unfortunately, in the midst of the chaos of this world, we are being inundated with all kinds of the negative information and numerous distractions and if we are honest, we have to admit that it becomes more and more difficult not to ask God why.  Contrary to what many of us have been taught, it’s ok to question him. However, we must Wait for an answer and Have Faith!  Keep in mind, that you may not get an answer and or the answer you get is just Not gonna make sense!

A friend sent me a song by Donald Lawrence, called, “Not Making Sense, Making Faith”.  The lyrics go like this…

Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen.
It lives beyond the senses,
You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, you just have it.
I’m in a season that requires GREAT faith.
Fear and doubt are all around me.
But I’m standing on what The Word says.
Faith is the evidence of what I can’t see.
And when people doubt the things that I do.
When I do what God told me to…
For the rest of my life I’m not making sense,
I’m making faith.

*********************

And with that …Drop the mic!

Do You have a Destination in Mind?

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Over the past few weeks, we have talked firstly about recognizing that we are different.  The Lord choses who He will, based on His standards, not ours.  We talked about that once we are chosen and are given our assignment, we must do it His way.  The way everyone else does it, just won’t work for us.  So, as we complete each task, “how would we define our success?”  I’d like to suggest that this question may be a tad premature.  I believe a better question would be, as you move forward, “do you have a destination in mind”?  

We know that although the Holy Spirit will lead us and direct us towards our ultimate goal, He will not give us all the details.  Therefore, it’s alright for us to have a vision or a dream, or something that we’ve always wanted to accomplish. Or is it that you can see where you want to go, but it seems that everything keeps getting in your way? May I suggest that once we see our destination and we are determined to get our destination, we may face obstacles…

I’m reminded of the story of Nehemiah.  The Lord called Nehemiah to leave his position in the palace to go rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.  But when he got Jerusalem, he was met with opposition from all sides.  However, he would not back down.

19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. 20 [He] replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. 

Nehemiah 2:19,20 NLT

We must understand that there will be people that just won’t be on our side.  You will have to read the whole story, but no matter what came against Nehemiah, he would just tell the Lord about it. 

Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!” Then [he] prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of[c] the builders.”

Nehemiah 4:3,4 NLT

Remember, this is the Lord’s work, not ours.  Now, we don’t want any harm to come against our naysayers, we cannot allow them to stand in our way.  We must know who’s side we are on and who’s on our side! 

The Apostle Paul says it this way:

30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Romans 8:30,31

It’s Always very important to take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

We Must Do It His Way

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Today, I want to speak to all of you who may be trying to emulate the way others have done things in the past and have expected the same results.   In the world of the social media, there is a proven method of success for everything; for example, starting a new business, making your first million and yes, even losing weight.  But it’s interesting that although millions of people may try these methods, they may not achieve the same results. I believe that some of us may have diminished our own self-worth and sabotaged our goals, dreams, and desires by trying to be who “they” thought we should be and do it the way that thought that it should be done. But many of us are now discovering that to achieve the Lord’s desired results, “We Must do it His Way”!

Last week, I briefly spoke about Dr. Dharius Daniels’ message entitled, “This Doesn’t Fit”.  Although last week, I focused on the end of the message, today, I’d like to talk about the message itself.  Dr. Daniels spoke about the story of David and Goliath, and although, it is a familiar story, he focused on the fact that when David fought Goliath, it was in a way that everyone, including Goliath, thought would never work.  The Israelites had underestimated David’s ability.  King Saul tried to convince David that he should wear his armor and carry his sword. David had to tell the king, who he respected very highly, that he just couldn’t fight the giant his way. King Saul’s armor was just too big. The armor didn’t fit. David had to go with what he knew.

We too may have to push past what others may say just won’t work and do it the way that is authentic to who we are and any other way, just won’t work. We may find that what others consider our biggest disadvantage may play out to work in our favor.

Each of us have been given a specific assignment by the Lord and although, it may look like someone else’s, ours is different.  The Holy Spirit has shown each of us a unique way to develop, implement and executeHis plan to achieve His desired results.  We must do it His Way!  We cannot afford to sacrifice our innate ability, our God-given gifts and talents, for the sake of being successful, according to society and cultural standards.

How do we define “success”?

As you ponder that question, remember to always take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying….

You were Never meant to Fit In

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The topic for this week’s blog post was all in my corn flakes… and what’s fascinating is that I didn’t realize how much so until Friday and I normally post on early Monday mornings. The Holy Spirit continues to Blow my Mind on how He works, and in most cases, we don’t even realize that He’s working on our behalf, especially as we move into new unchartered territory.  I’m starting my life coach certification program next week and I truly started to panic!  I was having some serious 2nd thoughts about all of it… maybe this isn’t what the Lord wants me to do, I don’t think I’m going to be able to be disciplined enough to do the study, what if I fail, maybe it costs too much right now, etc. etc. etc.  I’m sure that the Lord was just shaking his head, but He still allowed people to cross my path to talk me off the ledge. You may wonder, as I did, how does starting a new on-line program and the idea of not fitting in connect to each other?  As I look back, I’m not really sure if it does, but, as I continued to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, I found something even more interesting unfolding and so there’s a bit of back story to this podcast so please bear with me.

It started with a very good friend of mine, who asked me to share a few words of encouragement with a young woman, who was making some major life and career decisions. This is what I said to her:

“You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have been uniquely designed for the journey ahead.  Your steps have been ordered and all you need is already in you, but you may have to wake up some things, develop some things, and cultivate other things. Be authentic, but don’t just settle for “that’s just who I am”. But strive to be the best you, that you can be. You have nothing to prove to anyone, but yourself. Don’t take folks with you that don’t want to go. You want to be with folks that are growing also and not mad at you because you may be outgrowing them. No, I don’t mean that you should separate from spouse, family, and friends, but they should be your greatest supporters, not your naysayers.  So, it may get tough, but don’t get discouraged.  If it gets hard at times, then back up a step or two, assess the situation, work smarter and keep going!

I was amazed at how the Holy Spirit spoke through me, but I still wasn’t connecting the dots.  Then later in the week, I listened to a message entitled “This Doesn’t Fit”, by Dr. Dharius Daniels.  At the end of his message, he talked about the fact that he had never seemed to fit in, even when he was called into ministry.  He said that even as we are walking in our calling, we are not healed from that feeling of being different, if anything it’s the complete opposite.  There may be certain things in our appearance, personality and even character, that may need to change.  However, there are things that the Lord has designed specifically in us.  He has created things in our character and in our personality, that’s unique to us.  But, for example, if you’re mean for the sake of being mean that’s not what I meant.  However, the Lord has put things in us that are critical to our ultimate purpose. There may be that one person that’s meant to receive only what we have, the way only we can deliver it.   On the other hand, there may just be some weird things about us, but there is still no denying our talents, our skills, our God-given gifts… nor our purpose, our calling, our destiny.

According to the today’s societal and cultural standard, who we are and the things we are called to do, are not gonna make sense.   Have we been fighting to prove to people, including ourselves, that we are good enough, not with arrogance, but with confidence.  Have we’ve been fighting to fit in to other peoples’ expectations of us? This is when I had my epiphany… Although in recent years, I’ve learned to be ok in becoming exactly what God called me to be, however, my list of insecurities is still endless.  I’ve never quite felt that I fit anywhere.  I’ve often wondered if something was wrong with me.  I always felt weird.  But I was never supposed to fit in, and neither are you.  Dating back to when I was a young child, all my cousins on my dad side of the family, were light-skinned, so I was considered too dark.  Then, by God’s design, I became a young woman that was over 6 feet tall, that many times was mistaken for a guy… that truly does something to the self-esteem. You may not believe it now, but to top it all off, I’m an introvert and found it very difficult to talk in a space where I didn’t know people.  Obviously, this is exactly the space where the Lord has called me to be and now, none of those other things really matter.  

For some reason, the Lord tends to call us to perform in areas that we feel inadequate in.  Remember Moses, Jeremiah, and so many others.  As we walk in our destiny, in our purpose, in our calling, we may always feel inadequate, but at some point, we will feel comfortable in our own skin, and we will embrace our unique design. We are just the way that the Lord needs us to be, and we’ll be confident in all the things that God has put in us, yet we know that can’t do anything with Him.

Footnote: There may not be any connection to me starting an on-line program, but I believe that the Holy Spirit took this opportunity to show me me.  So, as it was written at the bottom of my journal on that fateful day, I will “Trust His Timing”!  I’ve signed the contract and sent in my deposit. I’ve bought the books and I’m off and running. Wouldn’t you know that now the Holy Spirit has begun to download the framework for my new Order Your Steps offering… Drum roll please!  

Coming in 2023, “Life after Clutter: A Mindset Shift!

Sounds like the name of a book, doesn’t it? … Stay tuned or more information as I enter this new unchartered territory of life coaching.

Always remember to take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying….

Take a Praise Break!

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I want you to take time throughout the week for a “Praise Break”!  Forget about your problems, forget about your cares; forget about the situation and circumstances at hand… and Remember God is Good, All the time and all the time God is Good!

Although I know that you have a few favorite scriptures of your own, I thought that I would go the Book of Praise and share a few verses with you…

 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
    Your glory is higher than the heavens.

Psalm 8:1 NLT

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.  I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:1-2 NLT

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1-2 KJV

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad... Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:1-3

Let everything that have breath praise the LORD.  Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6

As you go about your day this week, Take a Praise Break.  Find a Psalm to read or simply a song to sing.  You may remember the old hymn that most of us have heard many times…

“When I Think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he’s done for me my soul cries out Hallelujah, thank God for saving me!”

 No matter what comes our way, Life is still Good!