God Has A Remedy For Negativity!


What so ever things are lovely…

Who are you?  How many “selves” do you recognize?  Which of your “selves” is the most dominant?  And finally, which one of your “multi-selves” is the least dominant?

Now, you might ask, ‘Where is she going with this?’

Well, the goal I am trying to accomplish is this.  I believe if a person knows who they are when they wake up; who they are at noon; and who they are at bedtime; then they will be able to concentrate on their character “selves” that associate with positive emotions rather than counteracting on the “selves” that associate with negative emotions.

Are you following me? Let me explain…

God’s remedy for negativity is to count your blessings and name them one by one. So, the first thing I want you to do is physically count the number of “selves” you see in yourself as it relates to your health and well being. Don’t slight yourself. The more character roles you can identify–such as son or daughter, wife or husband, niece or nephew, aunt or uncle, student, artist, lawyer, doctor, friend, Indian chief–you get the message, etc., the less likely negative emotions such as depression will consume you and as a result, which could effect your overall health.

So, if any one of your “selves” is depressed during the day, you should immediately control your mind to think on that dynamic self that is a writer and start composing (in your mind or at the computer) the next electrifying blog that you will post. All those positive emotions that fill your heart about writing just could actually offset that negative disposition that is trying to flood your soul.

My prayer for you is that you memorize a few of the scriptures listed below and recite them when you are feeling low and despondent. Only believe and have the faith that everything will turn out all right.

Scripture Lesson:

1. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8
2. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2
3. My son do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:1-4
4. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2
5. Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2
6. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
7. My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:20-27
8. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18
9. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 
 10. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Don’t forget…let’s remember that we are not a product of ‘one’. The Good Lord made us a composite of many dispositions. Let us engage with the ‘self’ that best represents the character of Jesus Christ in all of our dealings with life’s situations.

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God Allows Me To Live Vicariously Through My Grandmother’s Prayers!

Train Up A Child – Proverbs 22:6 – YouTube (Click and listen.)

Do you realize just how important you are in the family of Christ once you have accepted His invitation?  You have bonded with an exclusive group of believers who are on a pathway of growth, renewal, and maturity.

You might ask on what authority do I proclaim this? 

Well, just so you know, I have aligned myself with the Apostle Paul’s encouraging letter to the Philippians in which he states: “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 1:6

As I read and reread those words during my study time this week, the Holy Spirit reassured me that I could claim them for myself.  And He also encouraged me to impart those words to others.   At first, I did not thoroughly understand the interpretation from my Spiritual Messenger.  But the more I prayed about it, the clearer it became.  Paul’s message to the Philippians was really his way of expressing his sentiments that the Lord would continuously equip them via the instructions outlined in His holy word… not only during their lifetime, but His guidance and presence would also be available to their generations to come, even up until the Second Coming of Christ Jesus.

That’s through Eternity…folks!!

Further more, the Holy Spirit encouraged me by imparting that if I keep my hand in God’s hand, my off springs would be privileged to receive the covering, too.  Oh, how those words encouraged me to be all the more steadfast and unmovable and always abounding in the army of the Lord.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.

Like you, I have family members who waver from time to time in their walk with the Lord.  Especially the younger ones.  (Some of them remind me of my youthful days.)  But now that I am older, I often find myself recalling the days of my deceased Grandmother who shared with me miraculous stories of how the Lord brought her out of sickness, toils, and snares.  In other words, so many times, I find myself living vicariously off of my Grandmother’s prayers.  Those are the times when I pray and ask the Lord to do me like You did my Grandmother. And guess what? God always honors that prayer.

Listed here is a reprint of a blog that I wrote on January 17, 2019, entitled “God Pitied Every Mourn Of Four Generations Of Prayers”. If you want to experience one of my Grandmother’s miracle testimonies, I humbly invite you to click the website (https://wordpress.com/post/tgifmasterminds.com/720) and experience how prayers of the saints bombarded heaven and brought about a healing. As a teenager I listened to her story and it so resonated in my spirit that I will never forget it.

ScriptureLesson: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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God Can Work A Miracle Each And Every Day!

Have you ever wondered why Jesus performed miracles among the people while He physically walked on this earth? Can you describe the attributes surrounding Jesus’ supernatural acts that distinguished Him from the magicians and sorcerers of His day?  Have you ever been a recipient of a miracle from God?  And finally, why should these compassionate miracle-working displays of Jesus’ power be so encouraging to us today in this 21st century?

Okay…I get it!  What’s with all the above questions? You may ask yourself why do I feel like I’m back in school being taught by an ole spinster school marm, shoving a pop quiz down my throat?

Well, for the answer, let’s start with the past week I have just experienced. 

As I sat at my computer, readying myself to start composing my weekly blog post for you, the Holy Spirit interrupted my appeal to Him to guide my creative juices for an interesting subject to blog about.  He abruptly reminded me of the three times I had witnessed to friends and family members of how sometimes the Lord uses miracles to increase one’s faith and dependence on Him. The recipients’ expressions of gratitude upon hearing your examples were so jubilant and heartfelt that they went away longing for an occasion to come to know the Lord in that same mannerism.

Oh, how the Lord was magnified as you shared your experiences with others.  You gave Him all the praise, honor, hope and glory. And just for a moment, a bewildered soul found hope in the possibility that perhaps the Heavenly Father would also perform a miracle in their lives, too. Thus, rekindling a gleamer of reassurance in their lives.

Yes, God can work a miracle each and every day…but that was not the sole reason why Jesus was sent…

First and foremost, let us remember that Jesus not only performed miracles to show compassion for mankind and to meet their needs; He also performed miracles to affirm who He was in God…the Anointed One sent to redeem mankind and to reconcile him back to God. The holy scriptures reveal in Acts 2:22-24: “People of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a Man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This Man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.

(Now, please allow me to share with you a particular miracle that Jesus performed for me while on one of my international mission trips to Nicaragua, Central America, some years ago.)

After about an hours journey of traveling up the side of a steep mountain and passing in and out of moisturous clouds, our American mission team finally arrived at a small isolated village. The inhabitants of the village were expecting us and they greeted us warmly and with great enthusiasm. The women had prepared a luncheon for us which consisted of a large pot of hot rice that had been cooked outdoors in a large tin barrel over an open flame. Our mission tour guide insisted on feeding the children first, and organized our mission team to take turns serving the hot vittles. I was chosen to be the first server.

As the children lined up before me, I noticed they did not have a bowl or cup to receive the hot rice in. Then the first child stepped forward and reached into his back pocket and took out a small plastic grocery bag like the ones issued in American grocery stores. I was perplexed and bewildered and thought to myself, Lord, when this hot rice touches this plastic bag it will burst! The Holy Spirit then whispered to me to just fill the bag. I hesitated and the Holy Spirit spoke again, this time more forcefully. Just fill the bag. Reluctantly, I did so. I placed a heaping spoonful of hot rice in the child’s plastic bag. And to my amazement, it did not burst! The child ran off gleefully with his lunch in toe. Neither his bag nor any of the other children’s bag bursted.The moral of the story is this: The Lord reminded me that in all my ‘getting’ I should get an understanding of just how He operates especially with willing souls administering mission duties in foreign lands. A place where everyday conveniences do not exist. In these kinds of circumstances one must have faith in knowing that God and his supernatural ways of providing are at work. And I must confess, that during my ten years of serving as an international missionary, my faith has matured to a doctoral level. The Holy Spirit has taught me how to walk by faith and not by sight! Amen.

Poor Latino Boy gets food from waste bin, Nicaragua
Poverty runs high in Nicaragua.

Dear Heavenly Father, please help your people to remember that they can pray for a miracle to happen in any phase of their lives…from their smallest concern to their greatest. Just come humbly to the mercy seat and lay their burdens down and leave them there. Please put it in their hearts to prayerfully listen to the lyrics of the song listed below and be encouraged. To God be the glory. Amen!

3:53NOW PLAYINGThird Day – “I Need A Miracle” Live at the QuarryThird Day

Scripture Lesson: “Very truly I tell you all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14

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God Will Never Leave Or Forsake You!

My kids wont listen to me…nobody listens to me any more! What am I to do?

Have you ever been brought down so low in life that your situation tempted you to beg, borrow, or steal?  What are you saying, sister blogger?  Are you saying that that was my moment of desperation whereby I thought God had left me?  Was that the time when I sincerely embraced ideas that God had struck me down in retribution of my sins?  Was that the occasion when my friends and loved ones were hurling all kinds of accusations at me and accusing me of engaging in unbecoming activities?  How did you know that surely there had been times in my life when I thought of ending it all?

How Did I Know???  Come on now! 

I know these things because if a person lives long enough, he or she will in variably experience life’s ups and downs that in several instances seems impossible to overcome.   Especially when you are trying to overcome them all by yourself.

The question you should be asking is how I can constructively manage these life-threatening situations.

Recounting a personal example:

Earlier this week I received a telephone call from a friend that not only surprised me but also lifted me up with her message.  She reported to me that for the longest time she had been prayerfully trying to encourage her adult children to reunite with the church and to restore their faith in God.  Although her children politely listened to her, they did nothing to align themselves with an organized institution of godly teaching.  And my friend had great despair that her adult children were setting a bad example for her grandchildren when it came to knowing God and his commandments.  (My friend had more than once shared with me that she thought God had left her and ignored her prayers that she offered up for her family.)

But on this day, my friend was calling me to share some great news concerning her oldest female grandchild we will call Mary.  Mary was a college graduate and had been working for the past 7 years at various jobs.  She called her grandmother to inform her that she had saved enough money to make a down payment on a newly constructed home in a suburb of her hometown.  Mary was giving praises to the Almighty God for being the instrument that had made all these things possible.  And the grandmother’s faith was revitalized in knowing that God had not forsaken her and the prayers that she was sending up for her family were being answered.

After hearing this great news, it took a moment for my friend and I to compose ourselves. Finally I said to her, my sister, I, too, was in prayer for you.  During the past few months, your contacts with me have been very sorrowful and I knew you were under some sort of strain.  I suspected they were growing pains that you had to bear for reasons between you and God.  After hearing such good news about your grandchild, you must have passed the test and are now reaping the rewards that come with patience, gentleness, self-control, kindness, love, joy, and peace. That represents that at all times you were in constant communication with the Holy Spirit but He was letting you do all the talking. Finally, you were at a place where peace and quietness took over.

Thanks be to God that you weathered the storm. For as you well know, our Lord and Savior will never leave or totally forsake you. All we have to do is to hold on to God’s unchanging hand.

My prayer for you and all under the sound of my voice:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for making Your work in me a ‘calling’ to be available, prepared and complete with intuition to be attuned to my fellowman’s life dilemmas. Not only to obey Your workings in order to gain Your favor, but to fortify the down-trodden, to lift up the heavy burdened and to restore the weak and weary back to Your loving arms. May I always have the fortitude to serve my Lord and Savior to the utmost and not merely man alone. Amen.

Scripture Lesson: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-13

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God Disposes But Man Proposes!

OOPs! God Wants Us To Think Outside The Box.

And again I say…OOPs!  For this week’s blog title, I have used an antithesis form of speech. Why?  Because I thought the title above would infuse the curiosity of my readers more than the title: “God Uses Opposites To Express Himself On How To Obtain Righteousness”.

Now I ask you…did it work?  Are you still with me?  Have I piqued your interest enough for you to read this blog all the way through?

Well, if nothing else, you’ve learned the definition of a new word…Antithesis!  That word refers to the juxtaposition (two things with contracting views) of opposing or contrasting ideas.  And we all know that the Bible is full of opposites expressed not only by God in the creation story in Genesis, but also by Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, and many other New Testament writers.

Below I have listed a few examples found in Genesis Chapter One that depict an antithesis form of speech or writing:

  • Light and darkness
  • Day and night
  • Earth and Sky
  • Morning and evening
  • Land and sea
  • Sun and Moon
  • Male and female

Now let’s apply scripture to the proverb that God disposes but man proposes

  • “Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
  • “To human beings belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.”  Proverbs 16:1
  • “The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster.”  Proverbs 16:4
  • “In their hearts human beings plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”  Proverbs 16:9

If you wanted to compose a sentence to share that will better explain the antitheses, you could say that even when man gives his very best to a project, in the end, it is up to fate whether man’s efforts will work out or not.  Thus, Man proposes, but God disposes (brings things to fruition or extinction).

So do not be discouraged when you read opposites in the bible.  Rather, get wisdom and in all thy getting, get an understanding about God’s word.  Study to show yourself approved and allow the Holy Spirit to show you how to rightly divide the word of truth.

The moral of the story:

Recently, I was invited to teach on several scriptures from the Book of Hebrews.  The assignment called for me to first read a short story found in Our Daily Bread magazine and use it as the basis for my scripture teaching.  Because the magazine story did not fully blend in with the overall theme of Hebrews, I had to pray hard for the Holy Spirit to help me connect the dots. This is the message the Holy Spirit communed with me:  Do not reduce holy mysteries to slogans and catchy stories, my sister.  In trying to be relevant, you are only being cute and in violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred.  Having a knack for generating ‘amens’ from your audience won’t get you anywhere with the Master.  In fact, you will reap what you sow.   You can imagine, I stuck with the overall theme of Hebrews…the Old Covenant vs the New Covenant.  I was careful not to propose anything in my teaching that the Lord would dispose.

My prayer for you:

Dear Heavenly Father, we give You all the glory, honor, and praise for loving us so much that You sent down the Holy Spirit to teach and instruct us in the way of righteousness.  For you used juxtaposition terminology to instruct us in how to recognize what is life-generating and what leads to death-infused conduct.  Basically, we must embrace faith, exhibit love and practice endurance as we live out our lives and administer hope to our fellowman.  It is our prayer that You will continue to shower us with Your wisdom so that we might become more like You.  We ask that all of these various teaching methods be a blessing to others…in the mighty Name of Jesus we ask it all.  Amen.

Scripture Lesson:  “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” Proverbs 21:21

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God said: “Hold On To My Unchanging Hand”

The World Trade Center in the 1970s - The Bowery Boys: New York City History
“Twin Towers” New York Trade Center…BEFORE”

Did you know, my friends, that intended evil deeds can eventually become intended good deeds in God’s hands?

Who knew?

Certainly not the people in New York or any other American city on that horrific Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001. For as you know, on an annually bases, every September 11, we commiserate this attack on the United States of America, which was carried out by a militant Islamist group known as al-Qaeda. A series of four coordinated attacks were planned, but one failed.

This particular year, 2021, should be especially notable for Christians who like to equate such memorial events to biblical prophesies and related scriptures. For we are reminded in Hebrews 13:14 (NIV) “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

New York Times Blames 'Airplanes' For Attack On Twin Towers On 9/11 - The  Police Tribune
“Twin Towers” New York Trade Center…AFTER”

Another biblical comparison to the timing of this event that we are celebrating during 2021 are the events that occurred in Genesis 37:1-36. There we find the tragic events around Joseph being sold into slavery by his own brothers. Just like the events of 9/11, this incident, too, was meant for evil, but God meant it for good.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Joseph’s brothers thereafter had to live their lives in fear filled with lies and deceptions. However, Joseph’s life found fulfillment and rewards and eventually his life flourished in the midst of this tragedy with only a few exceptions. For 20 years later after being abandant by his brothers, they had to come to him in Egypt for judgement.

Just how did Joseph flourish in the midst of tragedy imposed by his brothers? We don’t have to speculate. Some 20 years later the roles were reversed. Joseph was now the overseer of Pharaoh’s Egypt. Joseph was the strong one and his brothers the weak ones. They came to him in dread for their survival. They feared he would settle the score and throw them into a pit of his own making. But Joseph didn’t. And in his explanation we find solace in his inspirational forgiveness statement quoted in Genesis 50:20.

This year, 2021, marks 20 years since that dreadful day when America lost so many lives and uprooted so many families and generations to come. Let us remember to keep the faith and to hold on to God’s unchanging hand and give place for the words in Hebrews 13:14. For every true Christian should be looking forward to that blessed city not made by hands.

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Christians! If you are in a night of trial, think on these things; cheer up, nourish your heart with thoughts of the coming Savior. Be patient for ‘Lo, I am with you always,’ saith the Lord Almighty!


Scripture Lesson: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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God Provided Help For The Journey

As humans age and their hair turns into substitute bright and shinny halos or slick empty bird nest, others see us as specimens of wisdom and keepers of the secrets of longevity. I say blah…humbug! But still, nonetheless, I am often approach in my twilight years (because of my white hair and longevity) by my young friends and church acquaintances who remember my youthful vocation as an international missionary, to school them on how I approached my prayer partners for monetary contributions whenever I embarked on a mission trip. Some of them desperately need financial support as they embark upon God’s calling on their lives, while others just want to receive a copy of some of my contribution letters.

White Haired Woman Full of Wisdom
Bald Headed Man Full Of Wisdom

What can I say. Somebody helped me back in the day, so now it is time for me to pass the gauntlet and share in what ever way I can to help keep God’s work going forward. And maybe, just maybe, there is someone else out there who needs a helping hand in this matter. Therefore, below I have reprinted one of my most successful letters wherein I solicited my prayer partners to help me meet my financial goals to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to administer and distribute humanitarian relief to children in an orphan home sponsored by Buckner International in Mesquite, Texas.

After conversing with my teacher, the Holy Spirit, this is what I wrote.

Date: August 2013

To: All my Friends and Parayer Partners around the world

Subject: Soliciting your financial contributions and fervent prayers for my next international mission trip.

Good evening, dear friends and prayer partners, who have in the past shown me considerable kindness and generous support as I continue walking in His grace and mercy while striving to live out my sincere promise to minister to the abandon and homeless children in orphan homes around the world.

As you may know, with the Lord on my side, I have been faithful in my duties to walk worthy and to seek an understanding in the ways of our Lord as He ministers to the lost and forsaken through persons like me who volunteer their time, talent and services.

In His own way, Jesus spoke to me in 2007 while I still lived in Rockville, Maryland and made it clear that I had to sell my laundry mat and residence and relocate to a place that He would show me. Within a short period of time and after praying for guidance and patience, that place turned out to be Dallas, Texas, where I have resided for the past 6 years.

Shortly after relocating, I availed myself to 3 years of in depth mission work/studies at a local church and subsequently teamed up with Buckner International, a philanthropy world-wide organization that sponsors, financially supports and provides humanitarian aid and supplies to house orphans and caregivers in almost every country around the world.

Since 2007, I have been blessed to travel with Buckner and do missions work in Lima, Peru; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Hanoi, Viet Nam; Bucharest, Romania; San Miguel De Allende, Mexico; and Amman, Jordan. In those countries, we supplied shoes, socks, medical supplies, taught English as a second language, conducted Vacation Bible School and we always arrived bearing gifts for the caregivers, staff and government officials at the facilities.

As I view my travel exploits through the eyes of Jesus, I have learned that it does not matter if the country practices Christianity or not, because God always shows up anyway. I want you to view this website: https://wordpress.com/post/tgifmasterminds.com/999 and read how God intervened in a man’s heart who was a believer in the Buddhist philosophy. (I was truly humbled as God used me in my frailness to plant a seed in a blood-drenched land [don’t forget the Viet Nam War] where no one, neither America nor Viet Nam had turned to repent or to ask for His intervention or forgiveness.)

In closing this belated Newsletter, I would like to share with you where my next mission trip will take me. God willing, on October 3, 2013, I, along with 16 other Buckner missionaries, will be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia for 12 days. The flight will be long and the finances required for this mission voyage is well over $5,000. Presently, my part-time employment and other entrepreneur ventures have contributed $4,000 towards this expense; but time is of the essence and I desperately need an additional $1,400.

My prayer is that the message St. Luke recorded in his Gospel will resonate in your hearts:

And the people asked him (Jesus), saying, “What shall we do then?” “He that hath two coats, Let him impart to him That hath none; And he that hath meat, Let him do likewise.” Luke 3:10-11

If you are so inclined to assist me financially on this worthwhile journey, please use the enclosed flashlight (my gift to you) to peer into the corners of your couches, pant pockets, extra purses and piggy banks and donate whatever the Lord dictates, and yours truly will be forever grateful. For income tax purposes, you can make all checks payable to Buckner International or to me, and mail them to my address by August 20, 2013. A receipt will be forthcoming. Also, if you will provide me with an e-mail address, I will send you real-time photos and updates of my assignment while serving in Russia.

Pray for the Peace in this World. Yours in search of Him, (Add your signature here)

Please help me encourage and show mercy to others.

Scripture Lesson: “If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:8

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God Does Not Change

Recently, my former women’s bible study group extended an invitation to me to come back as a guest speaker and teach on a specific subject from the September 2021 issue of the “Our Daily Bread” devotional magazine.  Of course, I gladly accepted their invitation and immediately set my heart, mind, and prayers on calling upon the Holy Spirit to direct and guild my preparation efforts for this humbling event.

After reading the assigned story and the Biblical scriptures (Hebrews 13:11-16) that accompanied the magazine article it was surmised that the Apostle Paul (the author of Hebrews) wanted to exhort those who are faithful in the ministry of the Lord’s holy word to keep on praising Him, not just inside the confines of familiar and comfortable surroundings, but also outside their sphere of normalcy as well…where the less fortunate reside. 

Yes, we are to keep on loving others including the unlovable; to keep on trusting in God to resolve difficult situations; to keep on respectfully responding to pastoral leaders in the church, notwithstanding those in government; and finally, to keep on praying without ceasing in the Name of Jesus our High Priest, through Whom we have access to God.  Why?  Because therein we bolster our confidence to walk by faith and not by sight.   Ask yourself this question…”Why should I change, and not do these things that Paul admonished, especially when God does not change!

So, as I prepare to deliver a message on “Outside the Camp”, I solicit your prayers that the teaching points I impart to the ladies will come directly from scripture and the mindset of the Holy Spirit.

THIS IS NO TIME TO REST AND TAKE OUR LEAVE!

The times we are living in today are hard times for us all.  And you can imagine just how difficult it must be for those living within the margins of life.  The ‘haves’ are being called upon to help and assist the ‘have-nots’.  We must become a friend to the friendless.  A bridge over troubled waters. We must pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the world.  We must use and distribute our bounty wisely and in ways that pleases our Maker.  Remember that the more we give (from the heart) the more He gives to you.

 

Volunteer and/or give where ever you can.

Scripture Lesson: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 

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God Is Superior Over All

Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Can't Heal
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Some weeks are harder than others. So, this week, I have been praying for strength, compassion, tolerance, and a word of enlightenment from the Holy Spirit to instruct me on how to bring comfort, peace and hope to all those who come my way, looking for some relief from life’s miserable dilemmas.  And it happened that during my quiet time, I distinctively heard a still small voice whisper, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”.

What brought all of this on…it’s a sign of the times…

Now that the worldwide Covid-19 virus has morphed into a Delta variant, more and more people are becoming depressed and disillusioned.  Hardly a day goes by that someone in my sphere of influence does not approach me with a gloom and doomed report of a dear friend, family member, neighbor, loved one, a friend of a friend, or simply a news health statistic reminding us all that someone has died from Covid.  And now it is affecting our children. Since this unsolicited bit of information is dumped on me so often, I came to realize that if I am not careful, I will allow such conversations to infiltrate my spirit and cause me to become depressed, too.

(I had a scary thought…the enemy began taunting me by repeating…it’s your fault…it’s your fault! You had no business praying for your Maker to make you an instrument of his peace!)

That was the exact moment I knew it was time for me to have a little conversation with God using Scripture. Here is some of the reinforcement the Lord gave me.

Davis Sisters – He’ll Understand And Say Well Done – YouTube

After listening to that encouraging song, I recommitted myself and vowed to the Lord that I would continue researching the scriptures in order to fortify myself with the teachings of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, so that I might persevere in becoming a beacon light to all those who find themselves on the verge of giving up on life and the cares of this world.

At-a-girl, I heard the angles shout!  We knew all along that you were God’s salt-flavored seasoning to infuse the people on earth who were beginning to lose their saltiness.  You were meant to be a light in situations where darkness is creeping in.  You have been sat on a lamp stand in order to shine brightly.  You were meant to encourage other people to put their trust in Jesus and to remind them that there is no sorrow on earth that heaven cannot heal.  For by carrying this banner on your shoulders, you will find honor in the kingdom where the Lord has gone to prepare a place for you. For our God is superior over all!!

My prayer for you…

Dear Heavenly Father, your children sincerely thank you for calling them to become a beacon light in a dark and unbelieving world. Help them to love and assist all those who love You and desire to learn how to trust and depend wholly upon You and Your teachings. Instruct Your workers on how to pray more specifically for what they desire to accomplish through the aide of the Holy Spirit for their fellowman. If necessary, remind them that some things come only through prayer AND fasting. Teach them not to be afraid to rebuke the enemy and all other situations that are not according to Your will and Your ways. And when it is all said and done, my Lord, we will not forget to give You all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory until our traveling days are done. In Jesus’ Name we ask it all. Amen and Amen.

Scripture Lesson: “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.Isaiah 50:4-5

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God Got My Immediate Attention!

When God’s son, Jesus Christ, calls your name twice, He really gets your attention!

How many friends, family members and acquaintances do you know that addresses people not by their given names, but rather by using a euphemism (a mild or indirect word or expression) that in most cases depicts an endearing term that shows hospitality and love?

For example, I often greet family and friends by saying, “Hello Lovie. How are you?” If a conversation pursues, I’m guilty of peppering my sentences with “Lovie” a few more times to make a point. Now, I’m not saying that this is all bad. I’m just saying that this week my eyes were opened to the realization that perhaps I might want to just curtail using the expression of “Lovie” as a substitute for addressing a person by their legitimate name.

Here is why…

This week my bible prayer group started reading 1st Samuel, a book in the Bible. A very popular story in that book is the one about the young lad, Samuel, who had a dream while living in a priestly commune (temple) with the prophet Eli. Samuel was awakened from his dream twice by someone calling him. Samuel thought it was Eli so he got up and went to Eli. Since Eli had not been the one who called unto Samuel, Eli instructed Samuel what to say if he heard his named called a third time. Finally, the Lord did call his name again, but this time He called out, “Samuel! Samuel!” and He got Samuel’s attention. Samuel’s response was, “Here I am Lord. Speak, for your servant is listening” (1st Samuel 3:1-10).

I am very familiar with that story as I am sure you are too. But this time Samuel’s encounter with the Lord really got my attention and I wondered how many times was a double salutation used to call somebody in the Old and New Testaments. My research revealed that throughout all sixty-six books in the entire Bible, only nine people and one city were addressed by calling their names twice.

I immediately called upon the Holy Spirit and asked if we could have a little conversation…

In my spirit I began to realize that every time an individual was called by name twice, he or she was elevated to a greater and higher position of importance in the scheme of things in the Bible.

  1. Abraham! Abraham! He became the Father of Many Nations . (Genesis 22:11-13)
  2. Jacob! Jacob! He became a great nation siring 12 tribes. And his name was changed to Israel. (Genesis 46:1-4)
  3. Moses! Moses! He was assigned to become a deliverer of God’s people. (Exodus 3:1-10)
  4. Samuel! Samuel! He was young at the time, but God was grooming him to be a priest, prophet, and judge. (1 Samuel 3:1-10)
  5. Martha! Martha! She was the sister to Mary and Lazarus. Martha was taught from being anxious about many things in life. (Luke 10:38-42)
  6. Simon! Simon! Also known as Peter. He learned to rely on Jesus instead of his own self. (Luke 22:31-32)
  7. Saul! Saul! Also known later as Paul. He changed from persecuting Christians to teaching them. (Acts 9:4)
  8. Lord! Lord! This was the title people began to use with their lips but not with their hearts. (Matthew 7:21-22, 25:11: Luke 6:46; 13:25)
  9. Eloi! Eloi! Definition for “My God, My God” that people still call on today. (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34; Psalm 22:1)
  10. Jerusalem! Jerusalem! The name given to the only city in the Bible that was elevated to prominence. (Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34)

This is the conclusion of the matter…

If and when God calls your name TWICE, will you recognize him and answer the call? Will Jesus get your attention? I truly believe that God has a place and an assignment for each and every one of us to perform. He is no respecter of person. What he has done for others, he will do for you! So, for goodness sake…don’t miss it when God calls your name…TWICE!

My prayer for you…

Dear Heavenly Father: First of all, I want to thank You for knowing our names and just where we are at any given moment. We also wish to thank You for Your divine organizational structure, for it is written in Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 that “There is timing and purpose for everything in God. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…And a time to heal.” So, dear Jesus, please find all of us in good health, good spirits, good moral living conditions, and good hearts for service in Your vineyards. May we all use good common sense and good judgment and be submissive to the instructions of the Holy Spirit and to always remember that love never fails when carrying out Your decrees and directions for our lives. We humbly come laying these prayers at the feet of Jesus. Amen!

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Scripture Lesson: He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, (2 Timothy 1:9 NIV)

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