JANUARY 20 – It’s a Great Time for a Grownup Conversation

Today’s Topic: ‘BUT GOD’ kind of Season

If God doesn’t have your attention, trust me, He will unsettle your surroundings. There’s no greater disease than the loss of hope.

There are no quick fix to what’s happening in the world today. People’s hearts are literally failing them for fear. So many people are waiting for something that may not happen because fear holds them hostage.

You are responsible for what you see, hear, read, and believe. Fear happens when we forget God is still in charge. The only way God can show who’s in control is to put us into situations that we have no control.

Psalms 34:4 “I asked the Lord to help me, and he answered me. He saved me from everything that made me afraid.”

The best thing you can do is not to imagine, or overthink – God is greater than your high and low moments. Have faith in God. The Bible says, “Do not put your trust in man, in whom there is no help.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms.”

The Lord is our rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storms. Secure whatever ill betide, a Shelter in the time of storm. Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, a Shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night, a Shelter in the the time of storm. No fears alarm, no foes afright, a Shelter in the time of storm. The raging storms may round us beat, a Shelter in the time of storm;

We’ll never leave our safe Retreat, a Shelter in the time of storm.

Seatbelts don’t save lives, but we still wear seatbelts.

Vaccines don’t save lives, even though I’m fully vaccinated including having my booster shot.

Money doesn’t save lives, but I’m thankful that I’ve food to eat, roof over my head, and water to drink.

Get ready to testify that when your heart was overwhelmed – God comforted you and reminded you that He didn’t bring you this far to leave you.

Prayer Time: Father, thank you that you are working in us, for us, and nothing will terrify us as we cling tightly to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

We’ll never leave our safe Retreat, a Shelter in the time of storm.

JANUARY 19 – It’s a Great Time for a Grownup Conversation

Today’s Topic: “Buyers Beware”

Deuteronomy 30:19 the Bible says, “Today I am giving you a choice of two ways. And I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses of your choice. You can choose life or death. The first choice will bring a blessing. The other choice will bring a curse. So choose life! Then you and your children will live.”

There are consequences to every decision we make in life. There are blessings when we choose life that you and your children will benefit. Things happen because of the choices we make in life. Someone can totally miss their greatest season because short term benefits are more appeasing to those with bad vision.

God, in His wisdom, decided to make life easy for us by encouraging us to “choose life.”

Benefits and consequences are different. Life is single file. Everyone is responsible for their own choices. God will never lead you where His grace cannot provide for you and your children. It doesn’t matter the path others are on. What matters most is where you are going with the choice ticket you purchased.

The curse of making the wrong choices can be broken and stop with you.

God in His wisdom decided to make life easier by encouraging us to choose life. Choose life, that both you and your children may live well. Benefits are better than consequences.

God definitely only wants what’s good for you and not evil…but it’s fully dependent on your choice. Life, if well lived, is long enough.

Prayer Time: Father, help us to make the right choices so we can enjoy a good life. Here and hereafter. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Choose life! Then you and your children will live well.


Today’s Topic: “Get Ready We are Moving”

We’ve got places to go and new conversations to have. We are not living with hate, jealousy, anger, resentment, or insecurity any longer. We are changing our address. We are creative human beings. While others sleep, you build.

The goal is to grow strong on the inside that nothing on the outside can disturb your peace. Pack your bags, you are not living the same way any longer. At some point in your life something just clicks and you become more aware of your surroundings. You are now under
new management.

Lot’s wife was told not to look back and she did. God’s wrath turned
her into a “pillar of salt”. Luke 17:32 Jesus warned “Remember Lot’s wife.”

The life in front of you is far better than the life you are leaving behind you. Our God is a God of new beginnings and likes doing new things. It is all about the people He created. He gives us new days, years, and seasons.

With Christ, we have new opportunities as well as new challenges. This year change your mindset. A new mindset changes your mood. A walk with God changes your lifestyle.

God’s presence is not a feeling you get inside. It’s a decision you make to trust Him even if you cannot see Him.

Miracles happen when you are in the right neighborhood with faith minded people. When faith lives next door to faith – exciting things happen. When someone asks you who are your neighbours…with pride you say, ‘Faith, Hope, and Love.’

What kind of conversations do you have? Mountains are still being moved. Strongholds are still being loosed. Giants are still being slain. Healing is coming.

Your influence is greater than you assumed because now everyone wants to move next to you. Pack your bags, we are moving to a better way of life.

The best feeling in the world is watching your life finally come together with unimaginable grace.

When your past tells you that you have changed, tell your past God is doing a new thing. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Prayer Time: Father, thank you that you are doing a new thing in our lives. We live in great expectations with our new mindset. In Jesus Name, Amen.

When God wants to do something new in your life, you will find that you begin to feel restless. It’s actually pretty amazing. It can be something you never wanted to do and all of sudden you want to.


Today’s Topic: Dream It. Believe It. Achieve It.

When you believe in yourself and dream big, everything looks possible. God has a way of showing you things that no one else can see. God doesn’t expect us to understand everything otherwise we wouldn’t need Him.

It’s time to start imagining what your life can look like one year from today. It’s only Day #17 of 365 days. Imagine how proud you will feel if you dare to upgrade your current version of yourself with the knowledge of what God has revealed to you.

Take a deep breath and bring your ideas to the Lord, and He will help you do them.

Oprah Winfrey was born into a poor family in 1954, but that didn’t stop her believing in herself. She worked hard until she no longer needed to introduce herself. Her show was known as “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She was the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show. She’s now worth an estimated $2.6 billion, according to Forbes.

God is ready to do something new in you and with you if you dare to dream, imagine, and believe. Don’t watch the clock or the calendar. Work hard till you no longer need to introduce yourself.

Job 14:7-9 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.”

Your environment has a lot to do with you believing in yourself. Begin even if you have no idea if it will work. Think like a tree. Stay grounded in God’s Word and as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope. A little progress adds up to big results.

Will it be easy? Maybe not…but you will be happy you pushed past your fear.

Proverbs 18:16 “A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.” Surround yourself with creative people, and your gift will make room for you. It’s never too late to bloom again.

Prayer Time: Father, teach us to turn away from everything that does not feed our soul in a healthy way.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

My prayer for us is, next year this time we will remember why we held on for so long and be happy with what we have accomplished. May your dreams stay big, and your worries small.

Still I Rise Again!!’

When you allow God to control what’s happening on the inside, it will definitely show on the outside. When you are squeeze an orange, you get orange juice because that’s what is on the inside. Jesus on the inside, working on the outside.

Repeat after me: “STILL I RISE AGAIN “ 🆙

God is defending you in battles you don’t even know. Stop sweating the small stuff – “STILL I RISE AGAIN” 🆙

The strong woman today came from a broken little girl who stumble along the way until she found the strength to stand up tall. Get your praise on – “STILL I RISE AGAIN” 🆙

When God restores you, don’t let anything or anyone destroy you again. Stop going around the wilderness 40 times – “STILL I RISE AGAIN” 🆙

Every person currently in your circle may not be the right person for the new season you are walking into. God will get you to where you are supposed to be – “STILL I RISE AGAIN” 🆙

God will put you where He wants you … even if no one else thinks you deserve it. I never packed a suitcase that couldn’t be unpacked – “STILL I RISE AGAIN” 🆙

You get what you work hard for … not what you wish for. Work harder than you did yesterday. A goal is not a goal without a date – “STILL I RISE AGAIN” 🆙

Face everything until you make it. Get up. Work hard. Be patient and don’t settle until you get it done. The giant in front of you is too big to miss – “STILL I RISE AGAIN” 🆙

God has not given to you a spirit of fear – still YOU WILL RISE AGAIN!

Best thing I ever did was to believe in ME!!!! – “STILL I AM RISING” 🆙


Today’s Topic: “We Will Get Through This”

Here’s a story I read: “A family had put their Grandma on her first plane flight, but she hadn’t been very confident about the experience of leaving the ground in this unsafe way.

When they met her at the airport on her return, one of the family members asked her, “Well, did the plane hold you up okay?” She grudgingly replied, “Well, yes,” and then quickly added, “But I never did put my full weight down on it!”

We may smile, but for many of us we don’t give God everything. Don’t tell God how big your problems are … tell your problems how big God is. Don’t forget God carries you on eagle’s wings when you get onboard with Him.

Sickness, lack, trouble, family issues are not above your God’s weight limits. Don’t be frazzled by the weight of the load you are carrying. Take baby steps if you must … but take the first step and leave your baggage there with God. Relax. God’s got this!

Be strong in your spirit. When you accept Christ as your pilot – you feel safe and secure from all alarms. You become more and more confident knowing God’s got the load. Trust Him that everything is going to be alright.

God never once in His Word ask us to figure it all out. God is God in the good times when everything is great and He’s the same God in your bad times.

Just as your child thinks the world of you when they get everything they want, you are the same parent when you tell them ‘no’, ‘wait’, or ‘yes’.

As of today you and I have survived all of our worst days. Isaiah 49:15-16 “The Lord replies, ‘Can a mother forget the baby who drinks milk at her breast? Can she refuse to be kind to the child that she has given birth to? Perhaps those mothers might forget their children. But I would not ever forget you, Zion. Look! I have written your name on my own hand.”

Don’t be like the grandma, too afraid of putting your full weight on God. You can’t be holding on and letting go at the same time. You’ve got to make the choice of which one you are going to do. Give yourself a break from being in control of everything and learn to trust in the only One who has the final word over everything.

We step into the unknown even if our confidence wavers. Faith looks foolish to the world, but it’s exciting from God’s view. No one knows about tomorrow. We just live from day to day.

Jesus is The only One who knows what is ahead. There are many things we do not understand, but each step of the way God will safely fly you to your destination.

I’ve had many questions about my flight route. There were times when I didn’t see the light, but in every situation God gave me consolation that my life was in His hand.

Through it all I’ve learned to trust in Jesus and depend upon on His Word. Knowing and trusting the pilot makes a safe landing.

Prayer Time: Father, when our train of thoughts goes through the dark tunnel of life, help us not to jump off in anxiety and fear, but to sit still and trust you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Become a prayer warrior instead of a worrier. Your prayers will move the hand of God. We will get through 2022 flying through the storms.


Today’s Topic: “Not So Fast”

The ability to trust God when it looks like someone keeps moving the goal post every time you were about to win – demands another level of trust.

It can be very easy to lose faith and quickly turn to self-pity and unbelief when things aren’t going as you would love it to be.

Get rid of the mess so you can start living in a healthy and clean environment. Get rid of old messages that reminds you of pain. Don’t live 2021 over and over again. You don’t live there anymore.

Stop beating yourself up. We are a work in progress. I literally have to remind myself that no matter how many mistakes I make – I’m still making progress.

Stay positive. Don’t give up. You are racing against yourself. Working to achieve your goals is better than just sitting down and wishing for them to happen. Talk less. Do more.

This year promise yourself to invest in yourself. Your current situation is giving you the opportunity to stop making excuses and start making new choices to change your destiny.

Stay positive. Count your blessings. Be grateful. God may not show you the entire staircase but He will definitely give enough light to show you that you can trust Him with the unknown.

The Word of God gives us hope. Proverbs 24:16 “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”

Resilience is the determination to bounce back quickly from difficult situations.

The wasted and unproductive areas of your life – God can cause the sun to stand still as He prepares you to become a masterpiece.

Having faith doesn’t prevent you from having problems, but faith helps you to remain at peace in the midst of uncertainty.

It’s funny that everything we are looking for is found in Jesus … yet we keep looking for answers away from Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11 “I want to do many good things for you,’ the Lord says. ‘I want you to become rich and strong, and I do not want to hurt you. I want you to believe that you will have a good future life.”

Stop looking for God in all the wrong places.

Trust the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. To be alive is a gift. Don’t throw it away.

Prayer Time: Father, remove any form of discouragement, weariness, or anything that will steal our confidence away from you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Don’t lose hope. Become mature to wait on God. When the time is right, God will make things happen.


Today’s Topic: “World Changers”

The value of your thoughts is priceless … don’t underestimate it.

Growing up whenever I was deep in thought my eldest brother would say to me, ‘A penny for your thoughts.” This always snapped me out of my thinking and bought me back into the present moment.

What does it mean to ponder? To reflect on things happening now or things that happened in the past. To mediate on life in general, or to be in deep thoughts about the future.

The Bible spoke about how Mary kept all that was told to her and pondered on them in her heart. Noah must have had many times of reflection as God gave him instructions in a season of no rain to build an ark. Abraham had years and years to ponder on the promise of having a son sometime without an exact date.

As we take constructive time to ponder on the plan God has for each of us … stay in great expectations. God never disappoints His children.

The devil thought he had one up on us, but God is about to flip the switch on him. We do not always see or understand what God is doing when we feel overwhelmed, and it sure gets scary many times.

Our maturity in God reminds us that God is in total control of all our seasons. Find your peace in knowing He’s got this season of the unknown.

For many of us, we didn’t know how the last years of our lives would have ended …. But God did and together we made it to the other side of fear.

Pondering is not the same as overthinking. Overthinking is to think too much about something in a way that is not helpful. Pondering is reflecting on those things that only God can do when you are caught between a rock and a hard place.

It’s those ‘but only God can make this happen’ plot twist. It’s a God thing that many people who never experience it will ever understand.

Can God use you the least of the least in your little world to be a spreader of positive healthy thoughts? Are you sick and tired of seeing others struggle with toxic thoughts?

Something is about to birth as we walk into 2022 with a new mindset. God needs you.
Someone needs you.

There’s an African Proverb: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.”

Never underestimate who God can use to be the next world changer. A World Changer is someone who is committed to do just that, change the world. A World Changer is not someone who blends in with the crowd. A World Changer sticks out like a sore thumb. A World Changer stands up ready to make a difference.

Become the tone of voice you want to hear among your circle of friends.

Prayer Time: Father, thank You that You are a good and faithful God whose promises stand firm forever and ever. Make us world changers to change the lives in the way we think, process things, and achieve things. In Jesus Name, Amen.

You were created to be a World Changer. A life, well lived, is long enough. Become a voice and never an echo. It’s never too late and you are never too old to become better.


Today’s Topic:
“Do What’s Best for Each Other”

If you want change, you have to work through uncomfortable situations. Avoiding the process will keep things the same.

It’s time for a grown up conversation – the one that makes most people become uncomfortable. No one can change who they are related to by blood. God in all His wisdom carefully selected every member of our family.

Someone said, “From faking tears so that parents don’t scold you to hiding tears so that parents don’t question you” and that became my ‘aha moment.’

Families are sometimes divided over how to handle difficult situations simply because we weren’t taught how to. So, everyone avoids what should be done and life just goes on from one generation to the other.

Lies, betrayal, abuse are difficult topics to talk about. Everyone in the family knows the truth but no one wants to say or do anything. Why? Because certain topics are uncomfortable to talk about, and no one wants to disturb the nest.

One thing we may all agree on – family is important. But it should not come at the expense of anyone. What’s not dealt with in one generation will be transferred to the next generation.

2 Samuel 12:10- Nathan told Saul, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.”We often hear folks say, “God don’t like ugly” and this is just one biblical example of it. ‬‬

Let’s look at another example of how God handled the uncomfortable conversation with the first family in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve sinned, they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Genesis 3:9-10 says, “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” ·

God knew where they were hiding but the question was meant to give Adam chance to own up to his wrong doing.

Difficult conversations make people hide behind things to avoid having the conversation.

The truth is, God wants us to have those difficult conversations. The ones you want to sweep under the rug. In some families it may be less drama not to hold people accountable but be forewarned, God will. He doesn’t sweep anything under the rug.

When we openly confess our wrongs, God openly forgives.

It’s time for the healing of our families to begin. Someone must be the adult to identify the problem and start the process. There’s nothing hidden from God. We can’t hide behind anything to avoid hearing God’s voice. God wants us to have the conversations.

He showed us by example how to do it. It’s tragic to watch another generation fighting the demons of the previous generation because no one spoke up about it.

You may ask – “What if the person doesn’t want to speak about it?” Then go ahead and write the letters that you will never send. Get everything off your chest that you never were able to, and let God do the rest.

The next generation must not be left to deal with the difficult conversations the previous generation refused to have.

Joseph too had a difficult conversation with his brothers. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!

When those uncomfortable conversations start – God intervenes and what was meant for bad God miraculously turns it around for good.

Allow God to be the Head of your home, the Silent listener to your every conversation. Together we can recover all and take back our right standing with each other. Every detail (good, bad, and ugly) of your family’s history is being carefully crafted into a beautiful and powerful story when we make wrongs right.

Don’t lose heart if you are standing alone in the quest for those honest conversations. Who God sets free is free indeed.

Prayer Time: Father, you know the secrets hidden within the walls of our homes. Today we invite you to walk through the rooms and heal the shattered lives scarred by human hands.
Teach us how to have these difficult conversations with You and with others. Thank you for bringing healing in our homes this year. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Love grows when the littlest home is filled with love.