Happy Mother’s Day

Dear Ma, Mom, Mama, Mother,

Thank you for the nine months you carry the weight of your children. Thank you for being selfless and fearless in the face of difficulty and sometimes misfortune.

Your countless acts of kindness were never greeted with applause, but you were the true hero of the day by saving them from a fall.

You fought with them, shouted with them, hugged and kissed them, but most of all your love for them remained without a fault or limits.

Congratulations to all your graduates that you taught from birth to adulthood without a manual or the use of the internet. Finding answers to countless questions was no easy accomplishment, but your courage and skill saved the day.

You were many times the chef on call as their friends arrived unannounced just around mealtimes. Your home continues to be the castle to many who are looking for a ray of sunshine.

Mothers, you are the world’s greatest sleep walkers as you go from sleeping in your bed to walking babies across the fall. No nurse can kiss a broken heart like you, or catch a handful of food from an achy stomach.

May you continue to be on top of the game as you take advantage to get things done before everyone wakes up.

Thank you for putting your children’s needs before yours so they wouldn’t have to miss their school’s events. For the tears you shed without them even noticing your pain. Indeed, you are a hero without a cape.

The world today is a far better place because of you. You are a powerful role model and you should be proud of the investment you have made in each of them.

I just wanted to take today to say THANK YOU and to let you know that you are appreciated and You’ve got this!

Happy Mother’s Day 2019!

Take Courage

In life everyone WILL have MANY problems, difficulty, issues, inconvenience, worry, anxiety, distress, concern, irritation, vexation, annoyance, stress, harassment, and unpleasantness of all kinds…but the Bible tells us to TAKE COURAGE.

Trouble is more common to EVERY ONE of us more than you and I want to believe. When someone relates to you their troubles, they believe that they have the worst troubles. But the truth is, IF we all put all our troubles into a basket, I’m almost certain we all will grab back our own.

So, why do we complain and get all bent out of shape about things that are common to man? We waste so much negative energy whining about our parents and criticizing them despite the sacrifices they made for us. We cry about our failed relationships, when some folks never had one…and the dramas continues about our employers, politicians, pastors, doctors, and you know the list can go on and on. We humans have this thoroughly practiced and rehearsed.

It’s hard to take courage when we count our troubles more than the things we are grateful for – health, freedom, eyesight, hearing, sound mind etc.

Do you finally believe that troubles MUST come and it’s part of life? Why do we choose to run away from life’s troubles? Skipping town and moving on will NOT save us from trouble. Choosing to abandon people in our life because of a difficult season will NOT bring problem free people into our lives because trouble is common to everyone.

The fact that we haven’t figure out how to take courage in difficult times means we are putting our happiness/peace in the wrong place. In this godless world we will continue to experience many problems, difficulty, issues, inconvenience, worry, anxiety, distress, concern, irritation, vexation, annoyance, stress, harassment, and unpleasantness of all kinds…but the Bible tells us to TAKE COURAGE.

So take heart, apply your brakes, breathe a little, and exhale as many times as is needed because it is all part of living. When we have found a relationship with God there’s no way trouble, or hard times, or hatred, or homelessness, or bullying, or backstabbing, or even the worst disappointment can destroy us. Because we choose to remain anchored to Christ.

When we think of an anchor, we think of that heavy object that is tied to a ship when it is docking. It keeps the ship secure to the bottom of the sea where the waves cannot toss it to and fro damaging the ship. When we are anchored in Jesus Christ, the troubles will come and toss us to and fro but we are secure in the bottom of our heart. So, we TAKE COURAGE.

Don’t fret. Believe that God has not lost control of anything that we will face today, tomorrow, or in the years ahead. God will either shut the mouths of the lions or be the fourth man in the fire alongside us. He will teach us how to fly above the issues of life.

God knows that I speak NOT like I have never been in a place of turmoil, but I have learned to take courage when I am being tossed to and fro. I make a deliberate choice NOT to give in to fear because I have tied my emotions to an anchor that is steadfast and unmovable. I will NOT get bent out of shape…but I may need a little touching up.

God shows us how to get out of traps that was deliberately set for us, and even if we slip into them…we will not fall into them. To slip means to slide unintentionally for a short distance, you can still gain your balance. But to fall means to move downward losing control, to plummet, nosedive, tumble, or collapse … much more difficult to get back on your feet.

God’s love doesn’t save us from trouble … but just as a fireman can rescue a family trapped in flood waters…God will come to our rescue.

4 P’s

“The LORD was with Joseph, and he [even though a slave] became a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.” GENESIS‬ ‭39:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Joseph was sold by his own brothers to traveling merchants, who in turn sold him in Egypt to Potiphar as a household slave. Joseph had two dreams of his brothers bowing down to him that made them resentful and bitter towards him.

Sometimes it’s a long and exhausting journey to rise above other people’s limited views of who we were, who we are, and who we will become. But purpose and potential will force us to grow through many difficult and humiliating experiences.

We need to remind ourselves that pits, prison, passion, and potential are great ingredients to elevation.

Every phase of the journey be it good or bad was designed in such a way to bring out the best and not the worse in us. No one can rise to the level of success if they are bitter and full of resentment. It got to be a no pain, no gain mindset … meaning that it is necessary to suffer and work hard to succeed at anything in life. No cross, no crown is designed in such a way to keep us inspired and motivated to finish strong.

Everything, EVERY THING that cause us a great deal of discomfort and pain are necessary for the next level up. It’s painful to climb to the top of the hill, but the hilltop view is breathtaking.

What God blesses, no man can add a curse to it. What God says about you and I are sealed until it comes to pass. No one can block it, steal it, duplicate it, or kill it. It is permanently sealed with our name on it.

Our purpose/dream could be the vehicle God uses to bless those who had limited views of our potential. We can move from being the most unlikely person from the lowest rank to the highest level in command because God granted us favor and success.

When the LORD is with us, He will cause us to prosper in a hostile environment. It’s not how great we are in ourselves, but how God can prosper us to be a blessing to others. It’s an opportunity to bless those who curse us and cause us undue pain. They are not your enemies. They are your inspiration.

When the root is deep…you don’t have to fear the storm. We will be like a tree bearing fruit every month. Never dropping a leaf and always in blossom.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, and the determination to get over the bumps will be so worth it. We’ve got what it takes! PITS. PRISON. PASSION. POTENTIAL are the ingredients to elevation.

The World is a Stage

The world is a stage and whether we are ready to perform or not, our lives are being watched in full view by eager spectators. We are the producers, directors and the stars of our own show.

To make sure the judging is unbiased …whatever we bring to the stage will be judged only by our performance and not by our name. The earth with all it’s inhabitants are our judges, so it’s critically important that we are mentally and emotionally prepared for the public’s scrutiny.

If we are mature, our goal should be to minimize our regrets and never allow them to become our lifestyle. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

If we bring our best or the worst at the time of crossing the stage … the ratings will have to be accepted whether we win or lose. We all have entrances and exits, and sure enough if perchance anyone misses OUR LIVE production … there’s a place where they can go to gather firsthand facts, videos, and photographs call the archives.

I’m still very confused when I hear a performer say, “Don’t Judge Me.” It’s unrealistic to think that our performances will not be judged. According to the dictionary, judgment is an opinion based on our thoughts … and the evidence presented at the time.

If you saw someone giving food to a homeless person, you would make a good judgment call on his or her character.

On the other hand if we DON’T avoid whatever may be controversial or unclear, we must expect others to make a judgement call. And that’s just how life plays out. We live in a world with values (good and bad), right and wrong … and our actions will be scrutinized whether we agree or not. A bandit will always be judged by his actions whether he pleads innocent or guilty.

We are living in the days of …. ‘Be careful, don’t say a word to nobody about nothing anytime ever’ … and the devil is having a field day destroying our children, our family, and our loved ones. If we truly love people, wouldn’t we tell them about the lion that is roaming around in the neighborhood or the toilet tissue that got stuck under their shoes?

If their relationship with Christ is being put at risk … should we choose to stay silent for fear of offending them? In my opinion it’s accountability that counts … if they will listen or not… it’s totally up to them. Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.

Our choices today will determine the number of regrets we will have in the next five years. If you have to choose between a good reputation and great wealth, choose a good reputation.

FriYaYaYa

Friday is a great opportunity to get out from our daily responsibilities and do everything that we wished we could have done all week long. It’s a beginning of weekend. So let’s get ready to kick off the weekend with our smiles.

Hope I accomplished my goal today, and I made you smile. Happy Friday everyone! Have a fantastic weekend! When you are smiling, the whole world smiles with you…so keep on smiling.

See you on Monday when life takes on a whole new meaning. Take time to hug your loved ones.

Know The Season

Everything about life has a reason and a season. We are in Spring (March 20 was the first day), but it looks like the weather (May 1) didn’t get the memo. A couple weeks ago there was snow on the ground. Then there were warmer days when people were outside in short-sleeved shirts. Like everything else in life … if we don’t like the weather today … chances are … we will like it tomorrow.

When we are in a bad season, we can feel like seasons never change. We may feel like it doesn’t make sense praying anymore because things are getting worse by the minute … but we must encourage ourselves that life does come in seasons, and sometimes seasons overlap … and like everything else …. we will enjoy the nicer days ahead … so don’t lose heart.

Sometimes things go wrong so we can appreciate when they do go right. There are times when we don’t know the value of something until someone else has it. But, the real struggle is, getting stuck in either a good season or a bad season.

I’m totally convinced that our most difficult season – the ones we hate, the ones we cry and throw a tantrum about, the ones that make us want to quit, the ones that keeps us up all night long, the season that lingers on and on … are the ones that make the most intriguing story when the season changes.

Personally, my best stories were written in the seasons that kept me up in the midnight hour …that was when it was God and I alone. I cried, screamed and even threw a pity party all by myself … but there was that little rock of HOPE buried in my soul that made me trust the process because I understood that if I remain brave and courageous in the most difficult season … the next season I will be unstoppable.

It’s not that I did not have my doubts and fears but I encourage myself that every season has a reason and a purpose. As long as we are alive, seasons will never end. Just as the earth experiences Spring, then Summer, then Fall, and finally Winter … my life and your life has its seasons.

Just because we don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean that God isn’t working. Sometimes God gives us a word/promise … and we have to wait from season to season…year after year.

It doesn’t mean that God isn’t coming through because God never wastes a season. What we do when we don’t understand our season is critical to what we will receive when the season changes.

How we handle our seasons will determine our loyalty to God. God didn’t put out the fire for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego … He put JESUS in the fire with them.

As parents, spouses, family members… we have lots of seasons … but Jesus remains the 4th Man in the fire. We have come too far to jump out now.

Your Best Days are Ahead by Bob and Debby Gass

‘He heals the broken-hearted.’ Psalm 147:3 NKJV

If you’re trying to recover from a broken relationship, don’t rush into another one. As you become healthy you begin to make healthy choices.

Some hurts take a long time to heal, but don’t be discouraged; ‘He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.’ Give God a chance. Take time to search His Word and find out how He feels about you, for that’s the true basis of all self-worth.

If God can love and accept you with full knowledge of your imperfections, then the message is: ‘Lighten up on yourself!’ You can love, and be loved again, but only with the same wholeness with which you love yourself! (See Matthew 22:39.)

Next time make sure your choices are healthy ones, and not based solely on need, or the fear of being alone.

And be careful; when you don’t value yourself, you attract people who feel the same way about you, including those who seek to control you. You deserve better, so hold out for it.

Remember, you train others how to treat you by how you treat yourself.

As you become whole, you’ll start to see how unwholesome some of your relationship choices have been. If some people walk away, ‘so be it’.

Sometimes you’ve got to give up less so that God can give you more. He has new relationships in store for you, but He’s waiting until your values, perceptions, and self-worth line up with His Word. So take it step by step, one day at a time.

And rejoice – your best days are ahead!