NOVEMBER 22 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Potential

The experiences we have had in life can either change us for better or for worse.

Refuse to be negatively affected by the events that has happened in your life.

It is what it is and no amount of tears will ever change it.

Don’t get stuck in boxed emotions.

Out of everything comes something good if you are determined to turn those scars into stars.

No loud noise. No breaking down. No drama. No revenge.

Quote: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’

You are dearly loved by God. You’ve got potential.

The conversation switches when you see what good can come out of the experiences you have had to endure.

Every experience is worth far more than diamonds.

There’s no reason to regret anything. What was meant to destroy you only made you stronger.

Get up before dawn and organize your day. The most productive hours are before the distractions start.

Roll up your sleeves. Be eager to get started. Know your potential and bring on your best game.

No excuses. Don’t be in a hurry to call it quits.

Forget the formality and fight for your destiny.

Fear God, and He will give you everything you deserve.

You are always unconditionally loved by God.

Don’t let your experiences change you. Change your experience and work silently.

Be strong because things will get better. Work for a cause and never for the applause of the world.

In the process it gets be pretty dark and gloomy but it cannot and will not stay that way.

Psalms 46 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear.”

Get to the point where you can say with confidence that you poured out your heart before the Lord.

We are still a work in progress and that’s not going to stop until the day we say goodbye to this life.

Prayer Time: Father, thank you for giving us a reason to be alive every day. Help us never to set limits on ourselves based on our past experiences. Make us better and never bitter in Jesus Name, Amen.

Don’t let shame, guilt, or pain keep you back from reaching your full potential.

NOVEMBER 18 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Perfect Timing

Each day has enough trouble of its own…so do not worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Some mornings our worry deposit bags are filled before our feet even hit the floor.

It is really effortless to worry. Worry comes a dime a dozen because our human nature only see one road to travel on and that’s the road that leads to discouragement.

God calls us to a place of rest. We have to learn new habits if we want different results.

The song writer said it this way … In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

One day at a time is what God has suggested for us. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God doesn’t say ‘Yes’ all the time. He doesn’t say ‘No’ all the time. He doesn’t say ‘Wait’ all the time. He simply says, ‘Trust Me.’

And since God calls us to seek His face, and believe His Word and trust His grace, let’s wait for Him.

Micah 7:7 “So I will look to the Lord for help. I will wait for God to save me. My God will hear me.”

Prayer Time: Father, you have been our hiding place in all generations. We will pray and not lose heart. Yes, you can! In Jesus Name, Amen.

Just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God isn’t working on those things that keeps you up at nights. God loves you.

NOVEMBER 17 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Healed Emotions

No matter what you have gone through, God is not done with you. Every human being unconditionally is important to God. God cares when we are hurting.

A quote: “The main function of the little toe is to make sure that all the furniture in the house is in place.”

The little toe never feels important until you stomp it against something. The pain definitely stops you from moving until you sit down and attend to it. You will never once think about throwing out the furniture just because you hit the little toe.

You pause and acknowledge the pain.

You will always remember to be careful when moving around the furniture the next time.

Pain causes you to overreact, and over exaggerate because it hurts. Getting over hurt takes time. At some time, you must just pull the band aid off and let it hurt once and for all.

In life we all have to deal with some pretty uncomfortable stuff, but we know that God promises to be with us until the end of time.

Psalms 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God; For I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

God sees what we cannot see, and knows what we don’t know. We can trust God.

Isaiah 66:9 “In the same way, I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.”

The only One who understands what we feel is The One who created us.

When you sit with people who have the same mindset like you… the conversations are different. Be selective of the conversations you are having if you want to be healed of the pain.

The pain has purpose. Acknowledge it and get over it.

Prayer Time: Father, in our pain may we experience your strength. Thank you that you will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born. In Jesus Name, Amen.

If it wasn’t for the pain you wouldn’t have discovered your strength. God loves you.

NOVEMBER 16 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Everything Has Value

As the pandemic continues it seems like everyone is under undue stress. Sometimes we find ourselves caught between a rock and a hard place trying to be the strong one on the team.

Every day we take heart and lean heavily on the one person that appears to have all the answers.

Here’s a story about ‘The Lion
and The Mouse.’

A lion was sleeping in a forest. A mouse started playing on it. The lion was disturbed and arose from his sleep. It caught the mouse and angrily tried to crush it to death. Then the mouse prayed the lion would let him off and assured the lion that it would help him when needed. The lion laughed at it and let him off. One day the lion was caught in a net spread by a hunter. It roared and tried to escape but in vain. The mouse heard the lion’s roar. It started cutting the net with its teeth. The lion escaped and thanked the mouse.

Moral of the story is everything has its own value.

God isn’t pleased when we laugh and ignore Him. God speaks loudly in a pandemic, a crisis, or even death. When God lives and breathes in us He quietly unravels our fears. We get to know who He is and who we are.

If we go through the hard times with Him, then we are certainly going to go through the good times with Him.

Romans 8:26 “In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us.”

The Bible teaches us that when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us. God interprets our tears. He heals our broken hearts. All of our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind.

The Bible has been a source of peace, strength and comfort to many in their darkest hours.

2020, and 2021were very challenging for most, if not all, of us. We are in a pandemic, and many people experienced job losses, sudden deaths, loneliness, sadness and anxiety.

When face with a difficult challenge in life and you are not sure how to handle it, open your Bible and read it. God’s Word gives hope and strengthens your heart. No one who spends time with God ever leaves the same way.

Life comes with many unanswered questions but all of life’s answers are found in the Bible.

Maybe this pandemic was to teach us to slow down and thank God for the many things we take for granted like the five senses of life…sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell.

Whatever we are facing whether it’s sickness, depression, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, or fatigue… Jesus will carry us and move on our behalf.

The lion as strong as he was couldn’t set himself free from the net of the hunter. It was the mouse who heard his roars and started cutting the net.

Jesus whispers of peace cuts the net of fear that this pandemic has us trapped in.

The pandemic should make us appreciate the gift of life and how quickly life changes. Don’t finish your life without Jesus.


Prayer Time: Father, reduce our stress, fear, anxiety, and emotional instability. Fill our minds with your peace of knowing you as a true friend. In Jesus Name, Amen.

If we learn anything from this pandemic, I hope it will be that life is a gift and the Giver is more important than the gift. God loves you.

NOVEMBER 15 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Don’t Be Frazzled

I have found that the very best time for me to relax is when I do not have the time to do it. It’s amazing the things you learn to do in your adult years.

Relax when you don’t have the time.

Life do get a little crazy when there are so many daily demands on us. Some people are addicted to being busy. Anyone who want time must make time.

Give yourself permission to disconnect from the busyness of life. You can’t be healthy for others if you don’t care of yourself.

Relax, take a deep breath and put your mind in cruise control. Adult life teaches us that life will go on with or without you and I.

Here’s a shared secret.
Don’t allow your overactive thoughts to disrupt the way you do life.

If I tell you how I stumbled upon my strength, you may be impressed with the level of my enthusiasm and excitement towards life.

I have had those days when I felt like I couldn’t go on, I’m too tired, I’m having a meltdown, but it was all because I was overthinking and over analyzing everything.

We can either allow those days to keep us down or rise above them.

My life changed when I learned that things don’t always turn out the way you planned, or the way you think they should.

I trusted the process of ending one cycle and started refilling my life with more meaningful things. Every next level of your life will demand a different you.

So when people tell me that I’ve changed, I interpret it as a compliment. I became unstoppable after realizing the only way to get to the other level is through growing pains.

I hated every minute of it but I kept on going.

The more Goliaths you face is the less intimated you become.

Prayer works for every symptom you may feel in your mind, body, soul, and spirit.

You alone are no match for Satan or his angels. When you drop on your knees it sends a clear message to Satan that you are not giving up any time soon.

Be grateful that God is holding you together so you will not crumble or fall.

All you need is a little rest and a whole lot of Jesus.

Don’t be a victim of fatigue. We are human beings, not robots. We need to take a break from the busyness of life.

Exhaustion leads to becoming burnt out. Someone said ‘Don’t tell God you have a big problem. Tell your problem that you have a big God.’

Psalms 127:2 “It is useless to get up early and stay up late in order to earn a living. God takes care of his own, even while they sleep.”

God’s got you covered like an Insurance Plan. Stop watching the clock, the calendar, or the timer. Nothing about your life needs to be perfect. Sometimes you just need to slow down and do nothing.

Prayer Time: Father, thank you for taking the wheel and putting our mind in cruise control. Teach is to rest under your watchful eyes. In Jesus Name, Amen.

On Christ the solid rock we stand. All other ground is sinking sand. God loves you.

NOVEMBER 11 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: The Way of an Ant

Proverbs 6:6-11 says, “You lazy people, you should watch what the ants do and learn from them. But in the summer, ants gather all of their food and save it. So when winter comes, there is plenty to eat. You lazy people, how long are you going to lie there? When will you get up? You say, “I need a rest. I think I’ll take a short nap.” But then you sleep and sleep and become poorer and poorer. Soon you will have nothing. It will be as if a thief came and stole everything you owned.”
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One day I sat watching a little ant going from one side to the other side carrying a big leaf several times more than its size. I smiled to myself as I saw how awesome God is that the tiniest of His creatures is fully capable of taking care of himself.

How could the tiny ant carefully carry into a hole the large leaf that he picked up from somewhere?

For the ant to get from point A to B he had to painstakingly work hard to overcome all the difficulties along the way. Someone could have stepped on Him. He may have met other ants coming and going who could have distracted him.

One time he dropped the leaf and in a blink of an eye, he quickly picked it back up and kept on walking. One thing is certain…he knew he didn’t reach his destination.

We worry about our family. We worry about our job. We worry about how to earn more money. We worry about where we should live, what kind of vehicle to buy, what kind of dresses to wear, what devices to upgrade, only to realize when we reach our final destination ‘The Grave’ all of those things were useless because we cannot take them to the grave with us.

John 14: 1-3, 6 “Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am. Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.”‬‬
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My beloved, Jesus is The Only Way to Heaven. He is The Truth. He cannot lie. He is The Life after death. Like the ant let’s walk meticulously to our final destination. ‬‬

Prayer Time: Father, teach us to number our days that we may apply wisdom as we go to our final destination ‘The Grave.’
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Heaven and Hell is single file like an ant working hard and meticulously walking to it’s destination. Be an ant. Be purpose driven.

NOVEMBER 10 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Parenting 101

Two quotes: “A parent’s love for their children is eternal. There isn’t a love that is as pure and forgiving as the love between a parent and a child.” 2. “The hardest part of being a parent is watching your child go through something really tough and not being able to fix it.”

Adult parenting looks different than when our children were young. The hardest thing we will ever have to do as parents is to watch a child go through something really difficult and not being able to fix it.

Sometimes, the best way to help is not to help. Someone said that if you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent.

The prodigal son in the Bible had to come to his right senses in the School of Hard Knocks in a far away country. He began the long journey back to his home. He realized the mistakes after having to deal with the consequences.

I’m sure the father was heartbroken but he used tough love. There’s a lot of tough love in good parenting. It takes incredible strength to allow children to suffer the consequences of their choices.

Hebrews 12:10 “Our human fathers correct us for a short time, and they do it as they think best.”

If children learn to live with their choices, hopefully they come to their right senses and do what’s right and live at peace.

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. If we keep taking a child out of hot water as soon as the hot water cools down, they will head right back in.

Good parenting doesn’t mean that we keep our children’s secrets while still walking on egg shells because we don’t want to disturb the nest. We must stop defending poor choices and show our strength in resisting the need to help.

We are getting older every day. We have already done our job in raising them.

Children who never take responsibility for their actions will go through life believing that nothing was their fault.

We don’t owe our adult children anything after they have left home. Until situations change remember that miracles happen every day. Keep hope alive and keep on praying. God can change things around very quickly without notice.

Lesson in life taken off the internet: “A wise man sat in the audience and cracked a joke. Everybody laughs like crazy.

After a moment, he cracked the same joke again. This time, less people laughed.

He cracked the same joke again and again. When there was no laughter in the crowd, he smiled and said: “you can’t laugh at the same joke again and again, but why do you keep crying over the same thing again and again?”

Why are you crying over the same thing again and again?

Children get comfortable with your forgiveness. The more chances you give them is the less respect they will have for you. Don’t get comfortable with anyone disrespecting you.

May God help us as parents to speak words of encouragement to our own selves.

Prayer Time: Father, we pray for our children, please save and keep them from the dangers and tricks of the outside world. In Jesus Name, Amen.

If we don’t teach our children how to deal with their consequences we would have failed at parenting.

NOVEMBER 9 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP Conversations

Today’s Topic: Imitate Faith

The world says, ‘Fake it until you make it.’ Let us say, ‘We will faith it until we make it.’

Faith is not a feeling or an emotion.

Faith is having positive thoughts that God has the blue print to your entire life and He knows how to put all the chapters together making it a brilliant masterpiece.

Faith is the bridge over troubled waters.

Faith is refusing to participate in anything that will rob you of your confidence and the opportunities in front of you.

Faith is, if God is not going with me…I am not going because I trust His leading.

Faith is not letting your mistakes rob you of your tomorrows.

Faith is watching God remove the wrong people out of your way, and turning negative situations around.

Faith teaches us that the more we pray is the less we panic.

Faith is personalizing testimonies you heard from others how God turned them from a worrier into a warrior.

Faith is making sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t believe in you.

Faith is knowing that some days are better, and some days are worse, but you choose to remain positive and strong.

When you stand in uncertainty, you will hear a voice saying, “This is the way. Now follow it.” Don’t throw your faith away because you are not seeing the end.

Find friends who will sit with you and say, “Let’s have faith” instead of sitting and crying with you. The reason people find it so hard to believe God is that their present situation looks far worse than it really is. Don’t let what you see make you forget who God is.

Psalms 16:7-8 “I praise the Lord because he taught me well. Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind. I always remember that the Lord is with me. He is here, close by my side, so nothing can defeat me.”

Prayer Time: Father, thank you that you are working everything for our good and our faith will grow through it all. In Jesus Name, Amen.

You don’t have to have it all figured out to walk in faith. Faith is, even when things are outside my control, God will calm my heart and His love will let me know it’s okay.

NOVEMBER 8 HEART TO HEART GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Emergency Landing

Some of us have been through some
heart wrenching experiences that our human mind has difficulty dealing with.

Here’s a story that was circulating on the internet a few years ago. A man’s favorite donkey fell into a deep ditch. He couldn’t pull it out no matter how hard he tried. He decided to bury it alive. Dirt is poured on the donkey from up above. The donkey feels the dirt, shakes it off, and steps on it. More dirt is thrown on the donkey. He shakes it off and steps up on the dirt. The more the dirt was poured, the higher the donkey stood up. By noon, the donkey was grazing in green pastures. The End.

The moral of the story is, your comeback will be greater than your setback. Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.

View your challenges as a setup for a comeback. Let this be your motivation whether it’s divorce, loss of a job, a traumatic experience, etc. How you visualize your next move is way more important than what happened to you.

The donkey climbed out with the same dirt that was intended to bury him.

When dirt is thrown at you don’t change your decision to get out of the hole. If you sit in the hole you will definitely be buried alive. You may climb out slowly but you never stay down.

Psalms 124: 2-3,8 says, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up, when their wrath was kindled against us; Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

If God only gives us a glimpse of what one day in our lives would look like without His mercy and grace…we would be shocked to see how much God has daily shielded us from. We are walking miracles every day. Accidents, near death experiences, robbery, deadly diseases, slips and falls to just name a few.

Think like a farmer. Dirt in a farmer’s hand is money. Think like the donkey…let your faith move the mountain.

God is not an option, He is a necessity.

If it had not been the Lord on your side, when life knocked you down you would have been swallowed up again and again.

You can survive the deepest pit if your faith is anchored in God. You can use the little strength you have to grab a hold of God when you cannot understand or explain the deep sadness to anyone.

Revelation 12:4 “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death.’ Neither shall there be any more sorrow nor crying nor pain, for the former things have passed away.”

God will wipe away all tears from your eyes. It’s a promise.

Prayer Time: Father, your promise is, if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. Thank you that your promise will not fail. In Jesus Name, Amen.


No matter how things look right now, one day you will look back and realize it changed you for the better.