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Love In Action

This past week my main focus has been on being love. Not focusing only on myself but meditating on others and their needs.

being

  1. 1a:  the quality or state of having existence b(1):  something that is conceivable and hence capable of existing (2):  something that actually exists (3):  the totality of existing things c:  conscious existence :life

To be or not to be?

It has been my goal to be intentional in my efforts with people. To be present. To be real.

In a society where “get it quick” seems to be the motto, I’ve been focusing on getting it the right way. That means embracing the process and studying the necessary steps to achieving goals.

 

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 NKJV

The truth is, we have all struggled in some areas of our lives and one of my areas happened to be being intentional. Genuinely showing concern for people and being God’s heart on the earth. 

Truth be told, I use to brush through conversations with family members, give quick, haphazard responses to concerns, and bypass their cries for my awareness. I was truthfully selfish. It’s not that I purposefully sought to hurt anyone but truthfully, I had been learning the meaning of love myself.

What God has been showing me as of late is that being empathetic is apart of the human healing process.

True empathy requires that you step outside your own emotions to view things entirely from the perspective of the other person. Author Unknown

If we really want to change the world we must learn to become selfless. Putting our agenda and perceptions to the side and seeking the will of God. Allowing love to heal and cover.

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

I thank God for opportunities where I have been able to do just that.

Here are some forms of love in action!

My friends withLove put on a beautiful outreach event called the Love Sessions centered around bringing the community together.

These artists shared with me that paintings were about robots, dinosaurs, and family!

Such a pleasure serving food with Jerrod!

We put on a secret Open Mic night for Leviticus.

A group of friends and I came together to celebrate my brother Leviticus’ birthday! (He’s in the center).

Although it has been a process in understanding how to be selfless, I trust that through life’s experiences, the Word, and people I will continue to grow in that area. 

If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself and made a change. Michael Jackson

 

 


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Walking In Love

“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?” James 2:1

We’ve all done it before. Judged someone based on appearance. We’ve rolled our eyes at that homeless man because he smelled. And snared at that woman who was intoxicated. We’ve taken the time to wonder how great it’d be if that person was not around us. But what would happen if walked in love?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

In order to walk in love you must walk by faith. You have to believe that that person too has an identity and purpose in God. Some are simply blind to it.

I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind but now I see.

I recall viewing people differently based on their appearance. If a person smelled good and wore nice clothes I’d treat them kinder than someone with a stench who did not have on nice clothes. It was to the point that this habit became instinct.

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” – Matthew 15:8

God has not intended for us to live like that. He sees us all with purpose and great potential. We must look beyond the surface and believe that that person has an identity and purpose in God.

How do we respond when others look at us with hatred in their hearts?

No one likes to be disrespected. It is definitely not preferred. But here are some tactics that you can use in the midst of trying times.

  • Stand firm on the word of God. Psalm 119:11
  • Stay seated in heavenly places. Don’t stoop down. Ephesians 2:1-7
  • Connect with your brothers and sisters for insight and encouragement.

Ask your loving Father to help you walk in love. His mercies are new every morning!

08/15 – Prayer Call

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Embracing the Process

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Process – A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.

In this season we have been experiencing many new changes. That may be a new job, new business ventures, new visions, new policy, etc. These new things have caused us to sense that we are in a season of transition.

During a transitional period, you experience a removal of certain people, places, and things. It does not seem like an easy process to endure because it is unfamiliar. However, it is so crucial for where God is taking you.

In the place of transition, you’re gonna have to become somebody you’ve never become before. Dr. Sharon Nesbitt

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 BLB

Incubation Stage of the Visional Process

Moses was hid for 3 months before being released in the river. There was a process of incubation. His parents according to scripture, saw that he was a proper child so they did not fear the king’s commandment.

In your life, there are periods where God has to hide you in order to preserve you for the great platform to come. Don’t despise the humble beginning. He has not forgotten about you.

Read Hebrews 12:1-13

God is preparing you for the platform ahead. But don’t regret or despise the timing of the Lord. Right where you are destiny is being fulfilled. Be mindful of the tools God has given you in this season. Utilize this time to use them wisely.

Run the Race

The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong… time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11 NHEB

You have a team routing for you. God and many believers are cheering you on waiting for you to finish the race. Keep going my friend. Be consistent in this process.

08/08 – Embracing the Process Call

There is a blessing in the waiting.

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A Leap of Faith!

What if we really operated in faith? Faith is a lifestyle. God plans on using us in phenomenal ways but we must take that leap of faith!

Faith.

The ability to expect something great to happen. – God

Saul was very passionate about the truth and sought it out in everything he did. He believed that by persecuting Christians he was fulfilling the law. But on his way to Damascus, Saul had an encounter with God and His life was forever changed!

David, was sent on assignment to bring his brothers food at the battle grounds. The little shepherd boy was tasked to see how his brothers fared. Little did he know that because of destiny, his life would forever be changed. Paul (formerly Saul) and David had something in common: a past. But they also had in common a future ordained by God.

Here are some points that we shared:

  • It is Christ’s power working on the inside of us. 1 Corinthians 2:1-6
  • God provides a platform for us that others believe we are unqualified for. 1 Samuel 17:28
  • He will use your past to glorify Himself in your future.
  • Your faith will outweigh the dynamics of the obstacles in your life. 1 Samuel 17:45, 46

Take a listen here!

08/01 – Prayer Call

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

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Plants and Seeds

A time of harvest. A time of blessings. No more strife. Please, stop stressing. Joy is here. The sun peers. Through the leaves of green. What a glorious scene. You thought this was the end. But joy cometh in the morning, my friend. Seed, time, and harvest. Water your crops. Let it penetrate your seed. There is no more drought. While others were drying and leaves were dying, you were planted by rivers of water. Now you rise toward the open skies. What a blessed time to be alive. You survived the storm. You overcame the chills. There have been deep valleys and hovering hills. But mighty are the works of His hands. Tenderly, carefully guiding you in His plan. Cultivating your mind and causing your stems to rise. Oh, what a blessed time to be alive. 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Psalms 23:2 NKJV


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 Healed – Prayer Call Recap

Healing takes place in the mindset of a person.

This week I share the wonderful testimonies of healing that have taken place. Steve received his sight, Arshad & Ufah were healed, and Donna received healing from chronic back and knee pain. And there are so many more!

Here are some key points from the call:

  • God is so accessible to us!
  • He loves you passionately! John 3:16
  • God wants to use us in great and mighty ways!
  • God wants us to deliberately shine our light. Shine boldly in the midst of darkness. Matthew 5:14-16
  • Have great expectancy in your heart! Hebrews 11:1

07/26 – Prayer Call

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland.

Isaiah 35:4‭-‬6 NLT

If healing is something that you have been desiring to receive, ask God for it. Everything we need is available to us; we must believe in faith. He is the God of the impossible! Have a faith-filled week!

The Little Things

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Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder. What I find to be astonishing are often the things unnoticed. Take a look at some of my favorite little things.

This sunbrella has finally had it’s time to shine. With the recent heat and clear skys, she offers the perfect amount of shade. And she’s purple!

One day I decided to rock my floral socks in two colors! I felt fun and creative. Dare to be different!

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to eat good ice. Not just any ice, but the soft, crunchy kind. When I found out it was served at a local restaurant I could not pass up the opportunity! Yummy!

While commuting to King’s Dominion with my team, I couldn’t help but take pictures of the scenery. In this pic I captured the KD sign and myself as well! Such beauty all around us! I don’t think I could move fast enough!

Stars from the 60th anniversary celebration!

These flowers are from my grandparent’s 60th anniversary celebration. We honored them for their labor of love and sacrifices.

I spotted this little one while looking beneath my desk. The little lady was as still as ever. I admired her beauty.

Whether it’s a small feather from a bird or the cool breeze of late summer, learn to appreciate and enjoy the little things in your life. 

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”

Luke 16:10 NLT

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 Make Room for Me

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Start packing folks! It’s time to get ready for your next big move! 

On this week’s prayer call, we’ve discussed availing ourselves to God and walking in expectation of what He has in store. God is preparing us for a mighty move. Get your bags ready!

Here are the following points discussed:

  • When you give God your portion, He will multiply it. He is the greatest Multiplier. Malachi 3:10
  • Set aside time for you and your Maker. Psalm 23:1

If you look for me with your whole heart, you will find Me. Jeremiah 29:13

  • Walk in faith preparing for the big move.
  • Challenge the challenge! James 1:2,3

If you’ve been experiencing challenges in your life, begin to rejoice! God is refining you and building your resilience. Your character is being built upon! Embrace the process.

“God can turn: fear into faith. Pain into potential. Rejection into destiny.” Steven Furtick

07/18 – Prayer Call

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10 NKJV

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You are not alone. 

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It’s About Me – Prayer Call Recap

What if I told you that life is about you? Would you believe me? What if I told you that you have purpose and a dynamic influence in the world?

On tonight’s call we focused on the following main topics:

  • All of life’s problems and situations have a root.
  • Your soul is hungry. Be mindful of what you feed it.
  • Affirm your identity and be confident in who God has called you to be.
  • It’s a “Me” thing. It’s about “You”.
  • Have a purpose-driven team to support you and help cultivate your ideas.
  • The common factor and common denominator

You have purpose and you have vision. The world is made up of so many people and yet no two people are exactly the same. God created you a masterpiece and sometimes we don’t realize how truly powerful we are. We must seek out our identity and use our influence to help others. It’s time to shift our perspectives.

07/11 – Prayer Call

Life’s purpose is knocking on your door but you must open it. We are each designed and wired differently but all created to give God glory (Isaiah 43:7). Instead of focusing on the barriers in your life, how about focusing on ways you can be a blessing. After all, it is about you. 🙂

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord , my rock and my redeemer. Psalms 19:12‭-‬14 NLT

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You Are Enough – Prayer Call Recap

On tonight’s call, sparks flew! We discussed our identity and how we are born with purpose.

The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4‭-‬5 NLT

Before Jeremiah was even thought of God had given him purpose. God already had a plan and duty for Jeremiah. This shows me that God has predestined us for great things! We are called to greatness. Our lives revolve around the work He’s called us to do. We must trust the process of His revealing and be patient in His timing. His plan is the best!

Here are some key points from the call:

  • God’s love knows no boundaries.
  • He knows us.
  • The answer you’ve been looking for is in you.
  • The more you seek God, the more you find your identity. Proverbs 3:5,6
  • He is our provider and protector. Everything we need is within our reach. Matthew 28:20

Listen to call here!

07/04 – Prayer Call

*I apologize for the muffled sound at the beginning. Skip to 3:50 to pass it! Revisions are underway.

The songs featured are by my friends withLove! Sinking & Sinking (reprise)