Disconnected

Yesterday, I got ready for work and headed to my car as usual. I got in and cranked the engine, it sounded the same but it didn’t start. I removed the key and decided I would try again, this time – nothing happened.

No lights were on my dashboard, no power to hear the radio, no connection to do anything – my car was basically dead. It wasn’t until the mechanic checked it, that he realized my battery terminals needed to be changed. There you have it, I couldn’t move because I had no power!

This morning, Holy Spirit gave me the lesson in this inconvenient occurrence. We are powerless when we are disconnected!

When I heard that, John 15:5 came to mind; which states: “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

Our dependency on God is what causes us to move from glory to glory as stated in 2 Corinthians 3:18 where it speaks about us being transformed into God’s image. Yeshua is our power source, He is the very essence of our being and the cornerstone of our faith. Are we, trying to operate independently of Him? Maybe not intentionally, but anytime consulting Him isn’t our initial reaction – we are most likely disconnected.

I usually get up, brush my teeth and get prepared for my early morning meetings with Holy Spirit. However, I felt tired and rationalized that I could just lie down and pray. I began in worship by saying “Holy Spirit, you are welcome here”. He responded “Am I?” and I immediately felt convicted and got up. When we aim to alter, to postpone or to tweak the instructions given us by Holy Spirit. We are walking in disobedience. This is an indication that we are disconnected and out of touch with our immense need for God’s presence.

I just want to leave you with this scripture to meditate on today:

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

Until next time,

Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

 

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Discouraged?

Life sucks sometimes. God is amazing and His plans for us are always good but somewhere between the promise and the manifestation… life sucks for a minute.

I don’t want to live a life of obligatory service to the amazing God who has saved, delivered and loved me into being a better version of myself.

I don’t want the people depending on me to be the reason I succeed or move forward. I don’t want my passion to be fueled by the pressure of living up to anyone’s idea of what my life should look like. I want the one who gave me this life, to take it and do what He sees fit – even when I don’t understand because that’s what trusting Him means. It means I don’t get to always know how close I am to things changing, I probably won’t know how and I shouldn’t need to… but here are some truths I have to face:

  1. Sometimes, pursuing purpose is as enjoyable as watching paint dry, because somewhere along the way I forgot it’s all about God and made it about doing stuff.
  2. God’s plans, outweigh my agenda.
  3. Just because it isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.
  4. Satan is a liar, any opportunity to trick me into believing I’m nothing or that I am failing when I am in God’s will – gives him power over me he wouldn’t otherwise have.
  5. God always wins, so it kinda makes sense to leave it up to Him.

Here are some scriptures on discouragement that may help. You’re not the first, and probably won’t be the last to feel discouraged. Sometimes it feels like you’re losing when you’re doing what God asks, you feel trampled on, overlooked and forgotten but… defeat is an illusion. Serving God automatically makes you a winner. Sometimes following the call of God feels like a burden we just cannot carry, mainly because we shouldn’t be the ones carrying it. Let God do His job. Have faith, be obedient and don’t give up.

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Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

 

Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

Just hold on! 

I’m thinking of all the times I thought things in my life would just never get better. I thought of all the moments I made mistakes I thought were too big to ever bounce back from. I thought of all the times I lost faith and thought the worst was inevitable and life would just be terrible forever. 

All those times, I was wrong and so are you! 

In case you need a reminder! 

We are liberated from fear, we are destined to conquer mountains that have stifled our ancestors. We are powerful beyond our own understanding and lovely beyond our own perception. 

The very thought of us, pushed God into action to create that masterpiece you are for the purpose HE pre-established. 

You are a light that directs those who view you back to your creator. Whether or not you decide to shine is entirely up to you!

Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing! 

– Shakeisha M. 

Wednesday wondering…

This morning, I woke up with my thoughts bouncing all over the place. My mind races from the state of the church, what God has to say to me personally, to Adele and then back.

Our minds are strange this way, we somehow build connections and references without every acknowledging it. Are we so caught up in HOW we do things that we don’t even remember WHY? 

Has tradition taken the place of a true commitment to Christ?

If God were to once again take the form of man and enter into the modern church, would He be welcomed? Is God even invited anymore? Or has it now become about us?
Just wondering…. 

Feel free to share your thoughts! 

Perfect weakness (Keep going)

This morning, I began my drive to church without the energy to minister in dance or the desire. I just felt drained altogether but I decided to honor my commitment to God and do what I had to do.

My prayer on the way to church was a little something like:

“Lord I can’t do this if you don’t show up, I don’t have the energy, I don’t have the strength so I need yours”. 

My prayer was answered. God told me to just worship and I’d be fine. So I did, and I was. After ministry, a visitor came up to me and said “I loved the ministry, keep going”. 

So, to those that may have been feeling drained and weary;  I give the very same advice I received “keep going”. 

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

Flying blind… 

Two nights ago I was on a plane, there was turbulence and the only thing I could see out the window was darkness and clouds. Yeah, get ready for the really deep synopsis of my experience because it’s coming! 

But first, on the plane my first thought was to pray. Ironically enough I was reading a book that speaks of faith “The battle belongs to The Lord” by Joyce Meyer. Before I get all deep and profound on you guys – I was scared. 

I was on a plane much smaller than I’m used to. Everything indicated trouble, from the rattling of the plane to the rain splashing against the window and the looks on the faces of my fellow passengers but I prayed anyway. 

This pilot, some Middle Aged guy with a quaint smile that nodded at me as I entered the plane now held my life in his hands – like dude, I don’t even know you that well. So here I am, doing what I do each time I fly – trusting. 

We don’t know who our pilot is when we hop on a plane but we fly anyway. We do however; as believers, know God. We may be flying blind, but dang nabbit Richard (no idea who Richard is) we are flying with an almighty God that sees and knows all things! 

I’ve learned to fly blind and not think twice about it. I may not know the weather conditions, I may not know the state of the aircraft or the fuel levels but I know God is the pilot of my life and as long as He’s in charge – I don’t mind flying blind! 

“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.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭KJV


Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing! 


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I can’t take all the pressure…

I’m so afraid to fall. Sometimes I get petrified at the very thought of dropping the ball, of not being what I’m expected to be. After all, I’m responsible for those that look at me as a representation of Christ right? I think Pressure by Jonathan McReynolds hit the nail om the head for me – I’ve been listening all morning.

Lord I need you to relieve the pressure, not just from me but for every person that is earnestly seeking to please you. Help us not to allow the voice of others to dictate who we should be. Help us not to believe the lie that there is just one way to follow you. Help us to be who we are, help us to please you by being us and not a cookie-cutter replica of a good Christian.

I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know how but somehow I lost sight of the fact that it is you alone that I aim to please. Everyday I am constantly reminded of the expectations that I may not always live up to, of the way I should look or act to be accepted. Help me to remember that you have already approved me Lord. Remind us Lord that it is your power and not our own righteousness or works that sustains us and the work you have begun in us.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of power may be of God and not of us.                – 2 Corinthians 5:7


Let us pray:

Holy and omnipotent God, lover of our soul. Bring us back to you, reconcile our motives and hearts back to you, back to the place where you are our influence and our standard. God relieve the pressure and stress of living up to expectations that did not come from you. Help us to differentiate between your standard and their opinion. God you matter, you alone matter. Give us your heart. Glory be to your name Lord, we receive your peace in this moment and declare it for the entire body of Christ!

In Jesus’ majestic and powerful name, amen.

Break every chain!!!!!

When I lost my grandmother, just about our entire immediate family was at her home and Break every chain was playing on repeat. I couldn’t stand to hear the song for the following few months, it would bring unbearable grief. 

Here it was, a song that was meant to bring freedom and deliverance did the exact opposite for me because of what it was associated with.

When we hear a song, go somewhere or even meet a new person we can only view them through the jaded scope of our past experiences. I’m greatly aware now of the need to constantly  cleanse our minds of negative associations and viewpoints stemming mind from unresolved issues. We must resolve our issues! 

We have to learn to face the truth of how we feel and to overcome it by the power God has given us to speak His word and speak change into reality. Don’t let a negative memory rob you of a positive or even God-ordained experience! 

Let’s pray:

God, gracious and everlasting Father! I ask that today you enter into my heart and cause all bitterness and malice to be uprooted. Every sign of unforgiveness or brokenness I turn over to you right now. Transform my heart and give me a heart like yours. Help me to see the world through your eyes. I’m no longer broken, no longer hurting but I am whole and healed in Jesus’ mighty name!