Thursday Grown Up Conversations

In times like these we need JESUS. Replace fear with thoughts of God and you will start seeing God in everything. We can no longer talk about God but really know God and know His power.

Joshua 24:15”And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

It is human to feel anxious about our future, but God has given us several reminders to BE STILL:

Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the Earth.”

Exodus 14:13 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”

Psalms 37:7 “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and give thee peace.”

Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”

Prayer Time: Father, thank you that you are always with us and we will not be shaken. May your face shine on us and give us peace. In Jesus Name, Amen

Wednesday Grown Up Conversations

Today is Psalms Wednesday

There are forty (43) verses in Psalms 107 so grab a hold of your Bible and let’s read together.

Psalm 107 encourages us to be thankful to God for His steadfast love, and for His wonderful works. It’s a good thing to be thankful to God each and every day. On any given day we can hear problems, problems, and more problems which can all seem so overwhelming leaving us feeling depressed and anxious every minute of the day. But the Bible encourages us that, in every situation, we can be thankful.

Maybe if we can stop for a moment and count our blessings we will see just how much we actually have to be thankful for. God is good, and we can trust Him. No matter what we have done, or what we face, His mercy endures forever. God’s mercy never runs out.

Psalm 107 speaks on how God delivers us from our difficulties, helps us when we are hungry and thirsty, and leads us to a safe place. He speaks peace to us when our hearts are aching. He delivers us from those things that holds us in bondage. If we are sick, He sends His Word and heals us. He protects us. And, He calms the storm.

Today, let us not complain or rehearse all our troubles but choose to reflect on our life and all that God has done for us.

Less we forget – let’s start thanking God and keep on thanking Him until it becomes a habit. He is worthy of it all. He is a good, good God.

Reminder: When you can’t find words to pray – you can always pray the words of a Psalms.

Tuesday Grown Up Conversations

Grown Up Conversations

Spoiler Alert

Many times, we begin to doubt God when we are up against a struggle that completely shatters all our dreams. It seems like it has been forever since you have been praying about that situation and yet nothing has changed over the years. It actually looks like things are getting worse instead of better. All the hope we ever had have been mercilessly crushed like a dump truck riding over a child’s favourite toy.

At this point the pain becomes unbearable and faith in God is fading quickly .

The urge becomes greater for us to give in to fear as the reality looks dimmer by the second. Genesis 22:9-13 reminds us that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted and comes to our rescue just in the nick of time. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his promised child as reluctant as Abraham may have been in his heart, he pushed past his tears and fear and obeyed God.

How can God promise Abraham a child then to ask him to give him back?

But the scripture went on to say – “Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Don’t lay a hand on the boy. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Can God trust us to follow His instructions even when it’s painful and human reasoning tells us this just doesn’t make sense? What’s your test? What is God asking you to do? Is He asking you to trust Him with your child? How painful it is to leave your only child or anything close and dear to your heart at the altar? What is God asking for in exchange of what you are holding on to?

Nothing is more precious than to hear God say “Now I know that you fear Me, because you have not withheld from Me your child, your only child.”

AHA MOMENT: Don’t let the faith you’re standing disappear. Trust God and sing your way through the human reasoning. Our God respects and give us credit when we simply follow His instructions. Don’t let fear make you feel like you’re losing something valuable in your walk with God. Satan is not your friend he is a liar and a traitor, and he will bring doubt and confusion to you by asking you – “Did God really say that?”

God says to us to trust Him and He will show us great things where we will be glad. God is enough and He gives us the grace to press on and hold on to Him regardless of what we may face today, tomorrow, or in the years to come. He is still God regardless of the season we maybe in.

PRAYER TIME: Father, no matter whatever maybe going on in our lives, we will not become anxious, worried, or afraid. You are always in control and nothing takes you by surprise. We will trust you regardless of the circumstances. In Jesus Name, Amen

Monday Grown Up Conversations

What Will it Cost You?

God gives us all a measure of faith. God knows how strong that faith is. We often find out just how strong our faith really is when we have to trust Him. The Bible says in Romans 14, “Whatever is not of faith is sin.” If you have ever hit rock bottom and ended up between a rock and a hard place and your faith goes into overdrive God is incredibly proud of you.

For people with a solid faith in God at this point are not just repeating scriptures. They don’t need reasons or explanations for why they have chosen to trust God. They understand that the Lord tests their level of faith by putting them in situations pass any human capacity. At that point in time faith increases.

There are many people who believe they have faith until they are faced with heart wrenching situations. It’s easy to quote scriptures, recite a prayer, or talk boldly about having faith but when our faith is being tested it is never an easy process, it can either destroy us or it can build us.

We live in an age where some people are full of doubts about this measure of walking in faith and trusting God when they cannot see the entire picture, while those who choose to use their measure of faith live with full confidence that regardless of what they see or not see they will trust God.

Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Absolutely nothing should separate us from following and loving God. It’s like a marriage vow “For better or for worse. For richer or for poorer. In sickness and in health. Till death.”

Can you secretly list 10 things that will NOT separate you from the LOVE OF GOD?

Here are some examples to consider :

1. Death of a loved one

2. Divorce

3. Illness

4. Famine

5. Loss of a job

6. Emotional challenges

7. Abuse

8. Fear and Uncertainty

9. Changes to life

10. Threaten with death if you do not deny your Christian Faith 

Sometimes the season in our lives can be longer than anticipated but be patient, God is always on time. Like Queen Esther said, “If I perish, I perish.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Prayer Time: Father, help us not to become weary in trusting you. We will not give in. We will not give up. We will encourage and help each other stand firm in our measure of faith. When we do not know what to do Lord, we will keep our eyes on you. In Jesus Name, Amen

Grown Up Conversations

God is Making All Things New

Why is it important to guard our mind and our heart? Because whatever we hear or see is not the easiest thing in the world to forget. Someone said, “Old ways won’t open new doors.” I say, “Do not unlock your door to entertain unwanted thoughts.”

Let us promise ourselves that this year starting from TODAY that each one of us will be working on a new way of thinking. Stop sitting on the steps picking up trashy conversations. Set boundaries so uninvited guests would not just walk in and offload negativity. Stop making promises to change. Act Now! Be brave enough to heal yourself from things that were deposited into your mind or heart.

Many of us have fought silent battles and walked out of the fire not smelling like the smoke. It’s called GOD.

Isaiah 43:18 God says, “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!”

I tell people all the time that God is not a genie in a bottle where you rub the bottle and speak to it and the genie pops the answer you were waiting, and you run away and never come back. God has certain conditions that must be met before our prayers can be answered.

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” We all were created with a void inside of us and that void is where Jesus Christ fills. Fill your life with things of God. If we ever needed to do so is now. Too much trash talk is floating around in the atmosphere.

Secondly, if we refuse to give up doing things we should not be doing and continue to ignore God’s voice we cannot expect things to change or for Him to answer our prayers. We do need to do our part if God is going to work in our lives.

Quoting scriptures and praying WITHOUT walking in obedience to God become ineffective to the healing of your mind.  God is a God of love, and He is interested in every detail of our lives. He hears our prayers and answers every sincere prayer when we walk in obedience to Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

The question is, who are you trusting to make all things new? How are you ever going to forget what has happened to you?

It’s nice to take an afternoon nap without a worry and to enjoy a good night sleep without feeling the need to panic over things people said or done to you. What a friend we have in Jesus because He is always right there with you. He will keep you safe, sound, and keep your mind in perfect peace. God never sleeps nor slumber. He’s keeping watch over those peace stealers that infiltrate our thoughts.

PRAYER TIME: Dear God, thank you for being a true friend. Thank you for ministering your peace whenever we need your strength to fight off unhealthy thoughts. Help us to take one day at a time and not to trust our own understanding of the matters before us. Thank you, God, for a year of new beginnings. In Jesus Name, Amen

Grown Up Conversations

Wednesday Morning Psalms

Psalm 121

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place the Most High, who is my refuge no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

PRAYER TIME: Father, we choose to have faith over fear. We will not be afraid of the darkness that surrounds us. We will not become discouraged as we remain under your watchful eyes. Our faith will be unshaken as we wait patiently on you. In Jesus Name, Amen

Finally, there are no accidents for those who belong to God. You do not need to worry or to be afraid of anything. Nothing can happen to you without God’s knowledge. Nothing can harm you when you are under His care. Even the worst things that can possibly happen to you – whether illness, loss or even death – all of these things take place under God’s watchful eyes.

Grown Up Conversations

Keep Calm

Someone said, “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.” Some of us are either in the eye of the storm, coming out of a storm or heading into a storm. But everyone will have to walk through a storm. Storms are part of life.

Sometimes things don’t usually add up and life seems unfair. In times like these Satan makes a bold and daring move on your mental state targeting your thoughts. It’s called ‘The Great Debate’ where you are the audience, the judge, and the only participant having an intense dialogue with an unknown person in your head.

There are periods in life when you feel pressed, crushed, stressed, squeezed, tested beyond human capacity and wonder how long again until this end. Hang in! Train your mind to hear what God is saying and not what your emotions are screaming at you. Before you overthink, pray. When God says that He is with you to the end, trust the process.

One of Satan’s biggest tricks is making you feel that your world is caving in and things are not okay. Whatever your problem is just do not rehearse it. Hand it over to God and He will reverse it.

God reminds us in Deuteronomy 33:27 that the everlasting God is a refuge, and underneath you are his eternal arms. God isn’t about to leave you in your most vulnerable moments. His everlasting arms are underneath to catch you if you feel like you are falling.

Speak God’s Word over and over again until you are no longer believing anything other than God’s promises. Your defense is always the Word of God never your views or opinions. Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”

Easiest ways to know the different voices that play in your head:

  • God is the God of peace. Satan creates confusion.
  • God speaks clearly when we are quiet. Satan creates fear and keeps us busy.
  • God speaks encouragement. Satan speaks discouragement.

Finally, if you don’t read your Bible you will become obsessed with everything that God doesn’t want you to be preoccupied with. Satan is after your mind, your attitude, your faith, and your peace. Psalms 62:1-2 says, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

Quote: “Sometimes, you just have to bow your head, say a prayer, and weather the storm.”

PRAYER TIME: Father, thank you that we are grownups now. We will no longer throw tantrums when we don’t fully understand your plan. We are wiser today as we learn to be still and put all our fears into your hand. Help us to face everything with courage and may we walk in integrity and truth. In Jesus Name, Amen

Grown Up Conversations

A Different Spirit

2021 clock is ticking away as we have arrived at Day #11. How well are you doing? As grownups we come to the complete understanding that a change of year doesn’t change our lives. It’s your attitude towards life that can shift the environment you live in.

Quote by Zig Zigler “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”

 Don’t spend another year murmuring , grumbling, blaming everyone and everything for your lack of growth. Are you doing everything you possibly should be doing for a different result this year? Do you have a victim mentality thinking, well, if somebody only gave me this, I’d be fine? This year we will either grow or choose to remain unchanged.

None of us can change our past but never let your past define who you are. No one is too young or too old to dream again. Some goals maybe a little more challenging at the beginning to accomplish but with a positive mindset, the impossible becomes possible. Change your attitude and you will change the way you look at every assignment.

Pace yourself. You are in no competition with anyone. The goal is personally to be better than you were last year. God’s mercy is always bigger than any of our mistakes or our past. Having a different spirit is key to the altitude anyone of us will ever reach in life. Be brave. Be bold. If God can tell the sun where to hide till morning – He can kickstart your new beginnings in 2021.

The obstacles and challenges you see today choose to have a different spirit towards them. I will agree with you that there are some things that can rock our world and life can turn upside-down, but we are not alone during our times of transformation. We are pressing forward with the help of God. Don’t lose hope. Look for the good and trust the process.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord will lead you. He himself is with you. He will not fail you or leave you. Don’t worry. Don’t be afraid!” 

Above all else, guard your hearts. When you don’t know what to do, God will direct your steps. Trust God no matter what your mind tells you. Choose to have a different spirit. Happiness comes when we stop complaining about life. Let your actions reflect your words. A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.

I repeat – Pace yourself. You are in no competition with anyone. The goal is personally to be better than you were last year. Never let your mistakes nor your past define you.

PRAYER TIME: Father, thank you for giving us a different spirit in 2021. We will not be intimidated with the size of the mountains we have to climb. We will dream again. Thank you for another year to fulfill our destiny. We are confident that when you step into the picture, miracles happen. Thank you for loving us unconditionally and giving us another day to start over again. In Jesus Name, Amen