Continue to Live!

jump-for-joyWhat do we do when our world is turned upside down? What do we do when all that we know to be true, now seems uncertain. What do we do when we find ourselves in a foreign land? I can imagine that the children of Israel, God’s chosen people, asked these very same questions when they were taken in captivity to Babylon.

One of the wonderful things about our God is that He knows us so well. He knows what we need when we need it. Just as he does with us, He knew that he needed to send a word to the children of Israel to tell them to continue to live even though they were now in captivity. He needed to tell them not to give up and not to despair in the midst of their present situation. So He sends a word by the prophet Jeremiah, in the 29th chapter of the book of Jeremiah, and He tells them to continue to live! He tells them build houses, to plant gardens and eat the fruit that it produces. He tells them to marry and to be fruitful and multiply. He tells them not to decrease, not to die off. He essentially tells them, I know that you are in a difficult place right now, but I want you to make the best of this difficult place and thrive. I want you to take the land which was meant to be your burial ground and flourish. Take the very soil that the enemy meant to use to throw over your grave and use it as the fertilizer for that which will nourish you. He tells the children of Israel to make new beginnings through marriage. He tells them to carry on the lineage and the legacy through the birth of children. He says to be fruitful and multiply! He says to live on in spite of your circumstances. Live on in spite of your situation. Live and not DIE!

Just as God delivered that word to the children of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah, God is saying to us today to LIVE! Continue to live even though you’ve been hurt. Continue to live even though you’ve been abandoned. Continue to live on in spite of your situation and your circumstances. Just as God promised way back in the Old Testament, God promises us today, that not only will you live but you will flourish and increase. And what’s key to note is that the Bible says that you will be increased “THERE”. In other words, you will increase and flourish in the midst of your situation. You will flourish and increase in the very place that your enemy thought you would die. The very place that your enemy thought would take you out will be the very place that God will allow you to grow in influence… to grow in numbers. Your “there” is where you will grow to the place that God will have you to grow in Him. In your foreign land, in the unfamiliar, when you are left alone, when your family has abandoned you, when your friends are all gone, when there is no one left to turn to, God says that He will make provisions so that you are covered, fed and that you are sustained.

For even though it looks bleak right now, even though God has allowed you to be in an uncomfortable situation, God’s promises remain true. God says, I the Lord, the one who has created you and formed you in your mother’s womb; I who have called you and chosen you; I who knows your very thoughts even before you think them. I know the plans that I have for you. Yes, I’ve allowed this situation to be. Yes I’ve allowed you to be carried away into a strange land… a place that is uncomfortable and a place that is foreign and unpleasant. Yes it is I, but you need to know that I know the plans that I have for you. I know the thoughts that I have toward you; thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end. In other words, God knows the plans that he has for your life. Even though you are going through, his plans for your life are still plans of peace, plans to ultimately prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and plans to give you a future!

So during this time of exile, in your place of discomfort, know that the Lord God is still making a way. His promises still stand true! We must make the decision to continue to LIVE even in the midst!

Why I do what I do…

My heart's desire is that every woman know her worth in Christ Jesus!For years, I’ve encountered women who don’t fully see themselves as the wonderfully unique creatures that God created them to be. I myself was one of them.

As I began to fully understand who I am in Christ, I felt a since of liberation. The ability to be me, fully and freely without shame or guilt. I felt free to pursue my passions… free to pursue my callings and my dreams… free to speak my mind… free to share my testimonies… free to be the person that God created me to be. I began to understand that I may not be like the next person and it’s ok. I began to understand that God created me and equipped me to do something specific to make an impact in the world.

So it is my passion to help other women see themselves as the jewels that God created them to be; to help women discover their passions and walk into their God given purpose. I want to walk with women, as they set goals and achieve their goals. I want to help women manage “life.” In so doing, it is my sincere prayer, that we will begin to walk in our unique assignments and together we can further the kingdom of GOD!

Wait on the Lord…

Wait on the LordMany times, when God gives us an assignment, we start off patiently listening to the voice of God. And then far too often, due to our zeal and passion for the assignment that the Lord has given us, we rush ahead of God and begin to do. After a while, we get burnt out. And we start asking God, why does He have us doing this? We begin to wonder is this really what God would have for us to do? Then we want to move completely from the assignment that we have been given.

I submit that when we begin to truly Wait on the Lord, that He will supply us with all that we need to perform that which He purposed for us to do in life. It begins with a change in our hearts and mind. Let us look to Isaiah 40:31 for more guidance on this matter.

Isaiah 40:31 – 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.

When we look at the words “wait upon”, it comes from the Hebrew verb qavah, which means to bind together as in twisting a rope; patiently; tarry; wait; expect. This implies that as we wait on the Lord it isn’t just a passive waiting, rather we are waiting with expectation and with the knowledge and understanding that we are so reliant and dependent on him that we are intertwined. I expect Him to enable me to do, but I recognize that my ability to perform is intricately intertwined with Him working through me.

Do you need a change in perspective? Go ahead and praise the Lord!

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:8&9

No matter what your life looks like right now, God is still deserves your praise! How can I make such a bold statement like that when I don’t know what is going on in your life right now? Especially at a time when the economy is down, sickness is rampant, and unemployment is high. I state to you despite our current circumstances, God has been good to us. Even during those times when we think that the Lord has forgotten us, if we would just examine his track record we would see that God is still good even in the worst of times.

    He’s good even when we don’t deserve it.
    He’s good when things are going our way.
    He’s good when things aren’t going our way.
    He wakes us up day after day.
    He grants us new mercies every morning.
    He’s our protection in the midst of life’s storm.
    He’s our provider.
    He’s our healer.
    He’s our deliver.
    He’s our buckler and our shield.

No, things may not be the way that you would desire them to be, but they really could be a lot worse. And for that alone, we ought to thank him! Psalm 150 says, Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. The fact that you have breath in your body is just another demonstration of God’s goodness. If you can’t think of any other reason to praise him, praise him for that!

The miraculous thing about praise is that when you begin to praise the Lord, something begins to change in the atmosphere. Your situation may not change right away, but your ability to handle your situation changes. When we begin to praise the Lord, we take our focus off of our current circumstance and put the focus on the one who controls our circumstance. There’s a shift in perspective. We begin to focus on his glorious attributes. We focus on his uncompromising love toward us. We focus in on his promise to never leave us nor forsake us. We focus in on the fact that He has ALL POWER! That means he’s ABLE! He’s able to heal, he’s able to provide, he’s able to deliver, and He’s able to right all that is wrong. God is able to turn your situation around! So I dare you right now, stop complaining, stop worrying, stop fretting and begin to praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!!