Smile It’s Friday

This week we may have had many rivers to cross, and some mountains to climb, but Friday comes around and everything looks like the calm after the storm.

Thank God it’s FRIDAY! I just can’t imagine a week without a WEEKEND.

Smiling is contagious they say, I hope your weekend’s magical with my Friday’s funnies. Don’t forget to pass it along.

May your weekend be full of fond memories and lots of big smiles.

Thank you for dropping by this week. Without YOU, there’s no ME.

See you on Monday!

When Enough is Enough

When is enough, enough?

Happiness is living a peaceful life, minding your own business, enjoying all that life has to offer, leaving a good legacy, conquering your Mama’s mistakes and failures, overcoming your Papa’s demons, moving out of the neighborhood of resentment, leaving your old friends Pretense and Pride, stepping into a new beginning and knowing when enough is enough.

It can be tough to see things for what they are when we’re emotionally involved and invested, but when you know that enough is enough … you are ready to move on. The meaning of enough is as much as is necessary; as much as or more than is wanted. Enough is enough means you are ready to upgrade your emotional status and your investments.

Have you ever heard yourself saying any of the following things to yourself or to others —-‘Stop, you have made enough of a mess already! That’s too many excuses! I’ve had enough of this! I’ve seen and heard enough! That’s enough, you will hurt yourself! I am concerned that you are not doing enough to help yourself. Enough is enough, I’m not arguing with you anymore.’

It’s a sad place to be if you have ever been on that side of the fence. But there comes a time when warning others of their choices and they just don’t seem to get it … leaves you with no other option than to say, ‘Enough is Enough’. If they are not getting ‘it’ … then hopefully the consequences will make a better teacher than you.

I am a firm believer that God gives us second, third, ten and thousands of chances. I believe that God is bigger than our missed targets….but, I am also convinced that God will NOT always strive with man. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were expelled from the Garden of Eden and sent to work the ground, and an angel with a flaming sword was put to guard the tree of Life.

I want to think that this is one of the scariest consequences of disobedience and rebellion ….when you have to struggle to make ends meet because your resources have been dried up.

Resisting wise counsel and correction leads to severe consequences that unfortunately can travel through generations. We are still suffering the consequences of Adam and Eve. God and human rebellion is a painful thing to watch.

Hardheartedness is stubbornness and rebellion left unattended.

It leads to a slow painful death. All God wants is for us to let go and surrender our bad choices and rebellious ways because the payment is high and the suffering is great. After all, He knows what’s best for us because He sees the end, and we cannot.

God never forces His ways on anyone… He has given to each one of us – a free will to choose, but He never gives us an option on our consequences.

The choices we make today, will affect our generations to follow. I would rather have God’s approval than man’s approval.

Our Mind Can Be Our Worst Enemy

Impatience and Despondency are our worst enemies … not family issues, the mortgage payments, bills, the neighbor, your parent, your employer … the real bad guys are called Impatience and Despondency.

Impatience is the feeling of being annoyed by someone’s mistakes or because you have to wait. It’s when we want something to happen NOW.

Despondency is being unhappy and with no hope and a feeling of discouragement.

If we had all the world’s problems (heartaches, sicknesses, death of a loved one, rebellious children, fake friends, poverty, joblessness, and bankruptcy) BUT there was only ONE WAY out and that was walking on Highway Patience and Hope, I want to believe that we would become courageous along the way to accept or tolerate the delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.

Sometimes, God gives us opportunities to come to a deeper level of trust in Him, but impatience and despondency show up in the midst of the storms blinding our views of seeing and expecting to see God’s mighty acts. It’s hard to trust God in the dark times…but any other option is to live every day with a spirit of discouragement.

There have been countless times when I knew that I had to trust God’s plan, but I struggled to believe God could help in the midst of what looked like total chaos and great impossibility and long delays … and my impatience and despondency forced me into sleepless night and horrible nightmares.

If you’ve ever doubted that you can trust God, take heart. You are not alone. It may have been years since you have been waiting, be confident, God hasn’t forgotten about you IF you have been talking to Him. Our impatience and despondency force us into sleepless nights and great negativity.

God never leaves us … we leave God because we are an impatient tribe of the human race. When you cannot understand God’s purpose and it looks like God is not doing anything to rescue us … be still and trust the process. Do not be tempted to lean on your own understanding of the problem.

God wants us to know Him and to trust Him with the plan. It may look impossible, but the worst it looks is the greater the victory. God comes out looking GOOD in the chaos. When God acts on our behalf then we will know that if it wasn’t for the shaking, we would not be ready for what God is making out of us.

Destiny comes out of the difficult things we are forced to endure. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivers them out of it all. Everything we’ve been through is preparing us for greater things and destiny is about to be revealed.

To the faithful, God shows Himself faithful. When God seems silent let go of needing to know why. The expected end will make believers out of the doubters. It’s not like God didn’t promise that ALL things will WORK IN OUR FAVOR …it is that we did not listen to Him because of we became impatient and despondent.

OUR MIND CAN BECOME OUR WORST ENEMY. WATCH THOSE THOUGHTS, THEY BECOME OUR REALITY!

God calls the Unskilled and Inept in Speech

God loves to do things that we have absolutely no control over. What we call impossible, God sees it as no challenge whatsoever.

When the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was over the earth, and God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” And it took God six days to create the world all by the sound of His voice, and the seventh day, He rested. THIS IS HUGE!

What we call impossible, God sees it as no challenge whatsoever. I’m sticking with God!

Sometimes we believe that there’s no way God can use someone who’s not qualified; who cannot speak well; don’t fit the position; etc. etc. And just like that … God favors them in spite of the naysayers. God has a track record of calling the ‘unskilled’ and ‘inept’ in speech because He knows the POWER of His voice.

Dictionary meaning of Unskilled —- untrained, unqualified, untaught, unschooled, inexperienced, unpracticed, unequipped, unversed, unaccomplished, uneducated, amateur, unprofessional, not having or requiring special skill or training. Sounds pretty much impossible for anyone to get that coveted position.

Dictionary meaning of Inept — incompetent, unskilled, inexpert, amateurish, crude, rough, clumsy, awkward, all thumbs, unproductive, unsuccessful, ineffectual, inadequate, inferior, lacking, not up to scratch, all fingers and thumbs, or butterfingered. There’s absolutely no way they will get the job.

Guess who God can call to bring your family out of captivity and generational curses? You!

What qualifications or birth order do you have to run ahead of the tribe and let the devil know, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”? None! But that’s why God has chosen YOU. God is looking for ONE family member to come into agreement with Him and say, “I’m going to win this fight for my family’s freedom.”

We may be unskilled and inept in speech, but when God calls you to fight for your family’s freedom, He already knows that it will be a violent struggle because it must be a match that looks impossible to win before God steps in and have His way against the devil’s schemes.

The same God who split the Red Sea … His love never quits. The God who form the universe by the sound of His voice is the same God whose love never quits. The God who rescued the children of Israel from the oppression of the Egyptians is the same God whose love never quits.

The forces of darkness are no match for God. Start at the Cross and begin rebuilding the family’s altar even if it’s only you. There are many great wins disguised as impossible situations.

What’s In A Name?

In our younger years when we wrote our names, we may have asked ourselves, ‘Hey, what is the meaning of my names?’ I know that I’ve asked myself that question many times, and to be honest, sometimes I’m still shaking my head over my name…so I decided since I will not change my birth name … I will leave footprints wherever my name is mentioned.

“What’s in a name? “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell sweet” says, Williams Shakespeare.

Meaning – what matters most is who you are, not what you are called.

If you have a June in your life, never let go of her, she’s very special (haha). So….I’m happy with my name. Who I am is more important than what I am called.

From Genesis to Revelation God refers to Himself as the Trinity. “Tri” meaning three. “Unity” meaning one. They are all three in one. You talk with God. Jesus intervenes on your behalf. The Holy Spirit is your guiding light that teaches you all that you need to know.

Humans are by far a very needy people because we live in a sin-fed world. Sin has made a mess of our lives … we live with other humans some of whom are carrying very weighty loads, and so our needs are never-ending. I’m thankful to God for taking care of every aspect of our lives by giving us names which we can call Him as our various needs rears it’s ugly heads in our lives.

As you face your unique needs, you can personalize your prayers by calling God “JEHOVAH” . Below I’ve selected a few names of God with their meanings:

Jehovah-Elohim – “All Powerful God”.

El Shaddai – “God Almighty”

El Roi – “The God who sees”

Jehovah-Jireh – “The Lord will Provide”

Jehovah-Rapha – “The Lord that Heals”

Jehovah-Shalom – “The LORD is Peace”

Jehovah-Sabaoth – “The LORD of Armies. A reminder of the wonderful truth that He fights our battles, wins our wars and is the refuge we can run to in time of need.

Today, I want to pause and give thanks to the LORD who heals … our Jehovah-Rapha. So far in 2019 my extended family have experienced countless times of Jehovah-Rapha as our Healer. “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Psalms 90:1‭-‬2 KJV

My nephew two and a half years ago fell off a ladder and broke his spine causing acute spinal injury. He had a total loss of muscle functions and any feelings from his waist down. His life quickly spiral downhill which took a toll on him mentally, emotionally and socially.

As with spinal surgery, there are risks and complications. Although Alex had the surgery done we were told that there was no way the damage done could be reversed and he will be wheelchair bound for the rest of his life.

At age 31 years he felt like he was now living on borrowed time as his dreams and aspirations fell apart before his eyes.

Confined to a wheelchair, the weekly doctors’ visits were taking a toll on him in addition to all the prescribed medications to control pain. His life was turned upside down.

God is never late, He’s always on time. One day is like 1000 years and a 1000 years is like one day with God. God is teaching us during our waiting periods. When all else fails, Jesus remains the same.

Two years later after the surgery with the help of a very persistent and caring personal coach and pool therapy, Alex began walking again with his wheelchair looking on (wink).

Our God, Jehovah-Rapha (The LORD that heals) publicly displayed His healing power, and it’s been one month since my nephew regained movements despite what the medical professionals said.

His story is remarkable and it proves that Jehovah-Rapha is still at work today. Our prayers weren’t answered immediately…but two and a half years…we have the reports to show and the young man with his wheelchair, crutches, and all the paraphernalia to show…it is no secret that God can do it again and again.

His story is way too long for one post but the healing powers of our Mighty and All Knowing God can quench the thirst of anyone who needs a miracle in their own lives if they will only keep believing.

I’ve got to wrap up this post, but not before one final encouragement “Jehovah Rapha is His Name. Mighty Warrior, great in battles, Jehovah Rapha is His Name.”

We are all a miracle waiting to happen. We can expect our own miracles whatever they may look like in our life.

Smile It’s Friday

Good morning, it’s FRIDAY! Fridays appear like a Superhero out of nowhere. All week long we were pacing ourselves well, and along came Friday screaming that the weekend is here.

Here’s to a fabulous weekend. May your weekend overflow with love, joy, peace and pure awesomeness.

Let’s get our smiles going!

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe. Take time to hug your loved ones.

See you on Monday when life gets real again.

The Little Irritants In Life

Without a good downpour of rain … the earth will not yield it’s fruits and there will be a severe famine on the earth. The farmer is praying for rain and the bride is praying for sunshine. The man who drives the tow truck is waiting for an accident to happen to pay his bills while the young driver who just purchased his first car is praying he doesn’t get in an accident. The funeral home director is preparing for a rich man’s funeral, while the rich man is spending a fortune to remain healthy.

Ecclesiastes 1:13 says, “What a heavy burden God has laid on the sons of men, to keep them occupied!” Then in verse 18 it says, “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow, and as knowledge grows, grief increases.”

Though life can be challenging … as humans we have a gut feeling that there must be more to this life than what we are getting out of it. In an attempt to fill that void we keep ourselves preoccupied with people, places to go and things to see. And as the world around us become still and night approaches … the void returns back to the hole inside of us.

What a heavy burden?

Solomon calls it “FOLLY” ( a lack of good sense) …. we call it ‘Let’s keep moving and exploring all our options…there must be something we can find to fill the emptiness.

The emptiness in every one of us is an unquenchable hunger for something more than meet the human’s mind and eyes. It’s unrealistic to assume that the void will go away by ignoring it, or getting more busy doing stuff. So we may as well roll up our sleeves, throw our hair in a bun, and say to ourselves … ‘I’ve got this!

Self-talk is the best way to deal with the emptiness/hole/void/heavy burden feeling quest that there must be more to life.

AHA MOMENT:

We don’t have to compete or rain on someone else’s parade. If we can bring added value to someone else’s parade – let’s all walk with umbrellas just in case it rains. The world becomes a nicer place when we hold umbrellas so others can walk over the puddles.

Protect our hearts from any form of greed. Life is not defined by what we have, even if we have a lot. When we die, who gets all the things we have stepped on others for? Greed is selfishness clothed in jealousy and pride. It doesn’t lessen the heavy burden within us that there must be more to life.

Those who truly fear and honor God walks in wisdom. They know their days are numbered and they look out for others who wouldn’t be able to return their favors. Your giving makes room for you. Everybody has something to give. A cup of cold water can save someone who’s fainting. A smile can start a conversation with someone who is hurting.

Mute the voices of people’s opinions. If they speak well of us, it will feed our pride, and that’s not healthy. Pride is a setup towards a downward spiral. If they speak ill of us, it will cause our hearts to faint, and that’s called stress. So skip the lineups, and go after doing what is right and minding your own business.

See that we approve ourselves to God and our own conscience, and not to our ego. We are here today, and gone tomorrow. The status in life, the credentials, the followers, the likes, the noise of the cheering committee will all fade away with the passing of time. Another generation comes up and replaces our status.

If we can help one person then our living will not be in vain. Life is too short not to be real with those God has placed around us. Laugh when you can because every single person is struggling with an emptiness.