You know what? I can get with the going on plan. It’s one that I have stock in, because I too, on many occasions, as…
But it said the whole tithe, sis. Not a partial tithe. Not a well-intended replacement offering. Not a God knows my heart what-not. Whole. Tithe. I rolled the dice on God’s promise. And while I know that when you’re on God’s side, you’re already on the winning side, I wasn’t so sure how this win would look.
———-If God even showed you a third of that mirror, you would turn away and say, “Nah, that’s not me.” Oh, but it is. This mirror, my friends, is the only mirror you can really trust. God only shows you a little bit of this mirror at a time. He gives you all you can handle in a day. Your daily mirror. That’s what we’ll call it; it’s kind of like your daily bread. Seek God’s mirror each morning so that he can renew what you see and you can use that renewal to carry you through the day.
Laaaawd, we make ministry so hard! It came to me while I was in the shower (I know, To Much Info–but it’s the truth). Ministry ain’t gotta be all that we make it. It doesn’t have to have a president, director, treasurer and such. Too. Much. Ministry just has to have you, and it doesn’t even have to have you with a Bible in your hand! Ministry doesn’t require you to quote a scripture, say hallelujah, speak in an unknown tongue, and cut a step all in the time span of 3 seconds.
No! Stop it! Ministry is simple; I mean, if we do it like Jesus, it’s simple.
We say it all the time, that it doesn’t matter what other people think, just as long as we do what God says. It sounds good in theory, but it is not completely or necessarily biblical. Okay. Well. Before you send me to hell, read on. Luke 2:52 says that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and found favor with both God and man, so that high horse you’re riding on that says because you’re the leader, you can do whatever you want to do and folks are just gonna have to deal with it–that dog don’t hunt when it comes to kingdom work.
My wretchedness doesn’t make God any less worthy of service and honor. And although my service and actions may seem contradictory, those who view can’t see my heart and my struggle. So, I’ve got to keep serving despite the war that exists between what I would do and what I actually do. Now, I must get myself together, I don’t have a license to be wrong, but I can’t stop serving because of it. Because let’s face it, when was I ever worthy enough or “right” enough to share a written word about the Lord.
I do have a favor to ask of you, while I pull it together on my end, and that is to take some time and review some of your favorite blogs and bloggers on “Who’s That Lady?” I’m sure that they’ll still bless-ya (in my mother’s board voice). It’s kinda of like when you see someone you haven’t seen in a while. You look at them, talk to them, engage with them and you see them in an entirely different way. You learn something fresh and new.
Instead of revealing his agenda, God simply tells us to stop worrying about what’s on the program and to get with the program. He is never looking for us to lead, so there isn’t any need for us to know where we are headed. Paul tells us to be anxious for nothing, but through pray and supplication we should make our request known to God (Philippians 4:6). Then we are assured that God knows what we need and that He will work it all out for our good.
Consistently yielding our ways to the dictates of the Word guarantees He will bless our jobs, take care of our children, preserve our finances and safeguard our lives. Even if these areas hit a storm, we have a guaranteed promise of victory if we remain obedient. The key to unfailing success is positioning every area of our life the way our Husband wants it. The only way to accomplish this feat is know exactly what He wants. What He wants can only be found in the Bible. We must study for ourselves.
How does this apply to drop it like it’s hot? Well here’s my little sixpence. When people think about dropping a situation, the first thing that comes to mind is passivity: ignore it like it never happened. I would argue that dropping something doesn’t always mean that. Sometimes some situations just need your direct attention. Drop that crucial conversation on them and keep it moving. Your stress levels, your moods, your life may depend on it.
Momma gave me permission to adopt my own pattern for life, void of popular opinion. I hear this life principle brilliantly ringing in Philippians 3:17. Paul reminds believers to, “…join in following my [Paul’s] example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.” In this chapter, Paul explains what holds true value in life. He gives us permission to reject the pattern of this world. The world celebrates substantial bank statements, educational accomplishments, lavish possessions, high-class pedigrees, social affiliations, beauty and power as valuable attainments. These things aren’t bad; they just hold no true value in the scope of eternity. Paul is clear that authentic value is only embodied in a cultivated relationship with your Husband, Jesus Christ.
From now on, I delight in getting called out. The illumination of my infirmities are officially a gift from God, simply because it is the beginning of a weeding out process. It is the start of some deadness being pruned away for the bearing of good fruit; however, this is a celebration only if I yield to God and recognize the greater work He is doing in my life for my good and His glory.
I sit accused. She is absolutely right; praying is good; it’s the best thing to do, but not the only thing to do. We’ve got to pray, but we’ve got to keep it moving as well. The scripture reads that faith without works is dead. This passage refers to service in the kingdom of God, but it also means moving with confidence, knowing that it is up to God and us to work His plan for our lives. We’ve got to ask God what to do, and then we must DO! Now God is surely able to do it all by Himself, but our futures will be far sweeter if we partner with God and have a hand in creating them. Paraphrasing Dr. Seuss, “Oh the places we’ll go, when we work with the master”.
God put the word whatever right after the verse about peace that passes understanding. That kind of peace, my friend, makes you say whatever. When problems arise you can say, “Whatever…” When it seems like everything is beginning to weild out of YOUR control, say “Whatever…” But you can only have a whatever moment when you have peace. Things that bother you don’t bother you if you have peace, and you can just throw that whatever over your shoulder and keep moving.
Isn’t it interesting that if we’re not careful, we will in a our most happy times disconnect from God? It’s odd isn’t it? The God who gives the renewed spirit, brand new mercies and grace infinitum is often left out in our times of rejoicing. Sometimes we fall away from Him when things are going well in our lives. We become so busy celebrating with others, enjoying ourselves and even recounting the celebratory experience, we forget the entity responsible for our times of rejoicing.
Three years ago, all I could think is, I took this test once already and I don’t want to take it again. Not only did I dread taking the test again, I was embarrassed that I failed the test the first time. Nonetheless, I had to take the test again and pass it this time in order to remain in my current position at my company. At this point, I only had 30 days to make the grade.
Obviously, I didn’t initially have the tools I needed to pass the test. After a little bit of crying and a lot of thought, I knew who did have the tools to help me win. He was the smart man, with a clean look, a stable salary, a BMW and a 401K, but that shouldn’t matter. Should it? It did because this was the same man who grabbed me by my shoulders, looked me in the eyes and said slowly, “Lady, I am trying to get with you. I. Am. Trying. To get with you.” (Yeah, you guessed it. I’m not the type of woman who picks up on flirtations very easy.) “Yeah,” I said, “I don’t think that will work out.” I know that had to hurt him, but that wasn’t where my mind was during that time. Either way, regardless of the past, this is a smart man, and, well, he was the source. I had to ask him for help.
Folks can be kind, as long as they are not pissed off. I can yield to your way, as long as it is not too far from what I am willing to tolerate. This is how love was modeled to me. Therefore, I interrupted God’s love through this tainted lens. I’m grateful to understand that God’s love has girth to it! It has depth, length, and width that wraps around us like a force field against the hurtfulness of this world.
I need to be transparent right here. When I see these memes about cutting people out of your lives, I always wonder, “What if they are slick talking about me?” (Surely, they couldn’t be, but…what if?). Sometimes… (and I’m a blogger today, not an English teacher). Sometimes… Y’all be the ones that need to get cut off! For real. We be out here doing the most, thinking we on another level and we don’t need lateral moves we need moves that level us up. Like we’re the only prize. Like we’re not in somebody’s lives on the level below. Like we ain’t hurt nobody’s feeling. Like we ain’t constantly out here doing the same sh–, wait… Like we ain’t constantly out here doing the same mess we were doing twenty years ago. Sometimes