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BE STRONG ! ! !

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I like this Scripture because it forces me to recognize that everything in life will not be easy.  Sometimes I have to just do it even though it gets hard.
If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan? Jer. 12:5 (NKJV)

A few years back, I was teaching Sunday School (a combined men and women's class). Some of the brothers made it their weekly duty to challenge me. They called me out on any small infraction they could find. Anytime they were in class, they made it their business to weary me. So after a year of dealing with it, I resigned my post as Sunday School teacher and sat down. But that was wearisome too, because teaching is my calling and to sit down on it is like fire shut up in my bones.
The entire class consisted of about 20 students of all ages. These are the footmen.
I know that God has called me to a gre…

Faith Lesson One

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Lord, Increase My Faith
I have been struggling with my faith lately so I asked the Lord to help me understand what's wrong.

While I was listening to a preacher teach on the woman with the issue of blood, I asked the Lord what did she do differently that caused her faith to manifest. Out of that, is coming a series of messages. This is Lesson One.

First of all, we have to develop and strengthen a faith mindset. Jesus used a mustard seed as an example of faith.

And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you." Luke 17:5-6

Now, the mustard seed is smaller than all other seeds on the earth, but when it is planted in the ground and grown up, it becomes bigger than all other herbal plants with the shoots and branches so large that birds can build nests in it and have shade.

Some seeds will fall by t…

Don't Listen To Glum

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Back in the day, there was a cartoon called Gulliver's Travels and one of the characters was called Glum. He was very negative and walked around all the time with his hands in his pockets spewing out negativity:

"It'll never work." "We'll never make it." "It's hopeless." "I told you it'll never work." "We're doomed."
Most of the time, Glum's travel mates just ignored his gloom and doom message, and always came out of the situation successfully. Our life's journey will experience many Glums along the way. These are people who let life beat them. They are cynical about life and they will try to make you believe that it's not worth trying.
Don't listen to Glum. Ignore Glum!!!
Feed your faith and starve your doubts, and never, never, never let anyone including yourself, cause you believe that it is not worth trying over and over.
It will work. You can make it. It is not hopeless. We are not doomed.
Jesus said, &q…

It's Already Done?

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The phrase "It's already done!" has become extremely popular in Christian and secular circles. But every time I hear it or see it, I get angry, because I am believing for stuff that I cannot see. I have a passion for things that are not coming to pass. In my simple mind, it is not already done. Don’t try to convince me that it is already done if I cannot see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, or smell it.

But yesterday I received an explanation that is very convincing. If you know that you will not give up until it’s done, then it’s already done. You’ve already won if there is nothing that can get you to quit or give up.

I am always amazed at how people who live on the coast, can experience hurricanes and tropical storms destroy their homes and yet they continue to return and rebuild again and again. I would probably need to move more inland after the first one. But they are convinced that this is where they want to live and hurricanes cannot deter that conviction… so they c…

Christian Virtues & The Ungodly

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I was like, "Lord, how long will they continue to prosper and I continue to Struggle (with a capital S)? I am here with clean hands doing the right thing and they get away with every evil and ungodly thing and are doing it with ease. I don't get it."

So, day by day I got angrier and angrier, feeling more and more unappreciated and insignificant. One day I heard a song, Take Me To The King. I stepped boldly into the throne room of God and unleashed a torrent of anger until I was completely emptied out.

Then, during early morning devotion I came across Psalm 73 (game changer). It described my thoughts and answered my questions at the same time. The ungodly will have an end. Though they prosper now, in the end it will not go well for them, unless of course, they turn their hearts to the Lord before its too late.


Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be mowed down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2

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America Refocuses

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A man named Todd Starnes, whose political views I do not share, wrote the following article. I heard it read over the radio while I was on my way to work the other morning. It made me weep. There has been so much racial unrest going on lately. Even the KKK has reared its ugly head once again to public protests. Everybody is protesting something or other. In the midst of all the uncivilized racial noise, Hurricane Harvey rolls over the southern gulf coast and reminds America that we are better than we have been living. Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles per hour. Some areas received as much as 40 inches of rain. Flooding was wide spread and damages was catastrophic, claiming 45 lives in his wake.

At the end of Jesus' sermon on the mount, He said,

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that ho…

At Home In My Shell

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I live in a tortoise shell and most of the time, I'm okay with it because I know who I am and have a keen sense of self-awareness. I don't think life in a tortoise shell makes me looney, it just makes me who I am. I am an introvert, and I protect it like its precious gold because I think writers are cut from that mold. We are most alive when left alone.

The problem is when I venture out of my shell, I often find that I wished I hadn't. My engagement with others often proves unfortunate and I wished that I had just stayed at home. Where does this come from, I'm wondering? Do people roll their eyes in the back of their heads when they see me coming? If so, why is that? What is it about my personality that causes them to say, "Oh Lord, is she coming to the party?"

When I look inward, I see a person that is compassionate and fun to be around. I'm not annoying. I don't say everything that comes to my mind. I speak words that uplift and not tear down, and so …