Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Today is a day of empowerment! I am going to tell you what God will do through encouraging words that will excel you into God's vision for your life. I am eager for you to embrace the ever-lasting word of God. No excuses, only high expectations!
Things that God wants from us and will do for us:
Luke 1:74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear.
Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.
Ephesians 6:3 that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
2 Timothy 1:14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Hebrews 13:21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Chronicles 28:7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
John 6:47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Matthew 23:12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Titus 3:8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Psalm 34:1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
Psalm 109:30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng I will praise him.
Psalm 111:1 Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
Psalm 117:1 Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
Psalm 145:10 All you have made will praise you, O LORD; your saints will extol you.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Al Hayes (1946-2004)
He may have departed from this earth early but he left footprints on the hearts of many.
The Love of a Father
The love of a father can not be explained in words but it definitely shows in actions. He was a man that taught me many things through the years that when I grew up, those same values are instilled in me today. My father was a man of great strength and courage and he knew how to take care of his family. Family was top priority on his list, right after God, because he knew the blessings given to him by God on this earth. The love of family kept him going for 57 years. He was a family gathering, always cooking, and talking noise kind of man. He always made sure he had a good time wherever he would go. Everyone knew that Al was coming before they saw him appear. Everyone heard that big mouth. Although he may have stepped on someone's toes with his talking but best believe he was telling the truth.
The love I have for my father can never be taken nor duplicated for any other man. I can remember me growing up as a little girl that always wanted to follow her father. I used to dress like him, walk like him, and talk like him (and still do). He was teaching me life skills on how to survive early even though I didn't get the point right away. The values that I picked up before his death are so greatly appreciated now that I find myself today using those same analogies like they are something new. He showed me that his love came in all forms. He would show love in cooking, buying presents, or just by giving advice (whether you wanted it or not). His love spread throughout his family and my mothers from mother-in-laws to sister-in-laws and from nieces to nephews. He was always the same person when you met him. Everyone knew when Al came around that he was just like family. He never met a stranger. He didn't care who you were or what title you possessed, you were just an ordinary human being to him. He would help you in any way that he could with his last dime. There was no obstacle too big or too small for him to overcome. He was just that great!
What I Learned From My Father
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Hebrews 12:1-2 "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The book of Job opens with dialogue between God and Satan concerning Job. Job was a man that lived as a devoted follower of God. Satan insisted that Job only served God because God had blessed Job with family and wealth. So God allowed Satan to do anything to prove Job's faithfulness. Job's faithfulness was tested when he suffered the loss of all his livestock, servants, ten children, was covered in sores from head to toe, and friends asserting that he had sinned against God. Even though all of this was happening, Job did not defy God but still trusted in Him. Not only did Job get tested in his faithfulness but Job's wife was tested too. When the tests came Job's way, Job's wife cried out "Curse God and die!" (Job 2:9).
These words provide such disgust in the way Job was suffering and the way Job's wife felt at the time to see a loved one suffer at the hands of the one whom you serve. Remember this also, she was suffering from the lost of the ten children. Her faith was staggering and she didn't understand what was happening at that moment.
Haven't we all gone through suffering periods where we felt like God was punishing us and we asked "Why God?"
As we read through Job we come to see that God is still in control. He blessed Job in his latter days more than what was in his past because Job stayed true to his devotion. As we walk down the path that God has laid before us, it is important that we trust Him and never let Satan deter us from our dreams. God knows the plans he has for us and if we will just live on purpose, God will protect us and see us through. As women of God, we have to know that we are going through a process. This process is necessary to help strengthen us for the passion and the drive that is about to explode within. No matter what is going on around us or the people who we encounter, we have to pray, persevere, and praise our way into the victorious life that God has planned. Prepare yourself by keeping positive people around you who are on a divine journey to the promised land. Every obstacle we overcome and every trial that we endure is only for our perfection in Christ. The fact is that you are a chosen woman of God and to walk with a promise in your hearts and proclaim the word of God is paradise. Let patience have her perfect work and allow the peace of God to overtake you as you press your way with the POWER inside of you!
Job 42:12 "Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning..."
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Isaiah 40:29 "He gives POWER to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength."
Today I want to talk about this 5 letter word that is mighty in substance. This word is held in its highest esteem. This word has many uses and can be used many ways depending on which way you want to imply it. It can be used as a noun and mean the right to govern or rule as being authoritative or controlling. It can be used as a verb and mean to supply, to give, or to move about. It can also be used as an adjective and mean of, relating to, or utilizing. POWER is a synonym for strength, authority, might, energy, etc. Whichever way you choose to use it, please know that POWER is one awesome ability!
Many of us women have backed off from using the POWER we possess in order to please someone or something else. We may have put ourselves on the back burner and said "I will do that later" or " I don't have the resources to do what I want to do now." Well ladies, NO MORE! We have to realize that the POWER we have comes in the many forms in which the word means. Women, we have the strength to take care of our household. We have authority over unruly children. We have the might to climb the corporate ladder. We use our energy to stretch ourselves in more than one direction. So what is it about POWER that scares some women?
Why can't we use this POWER and be go getter's of God's dreams and visions for our lives?
A dream is not something that we have at night to pass away the time. Your visions for your life are not something imagined in fantasy land. These are God given talents and abilities that God has placed in you for you to obtain. Don't sit back on the POWER God has implanted in you. He gave you your dreams and visions for you to run to and become more of what He has desired. Don't assassinate your dreams and visions with idle POWER of unbelief and self destructive actions.
Remember Delilah? She had an agenda to assist the Philistines in Samson's demise. Delilah had strength that would either build or destroy those around her. Delilah could have chosen to build up Samson instead of destroying him and her own people. Women, please use the POWER inside of all of you to grow yourself and others into what God has destined you and them to be. Satan desires to use this POWER for evil but you can choose to build up your queendom and unleash the POWER that God has given you.
How will you use your POWER this week in order to build up what God has called you to do?