2018 – Year of the Impossible

Now is the time to expect great things! 

We’re in a new season.

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 ESV

We’ve shared in the last post how to envision your greatness; now it’s time to walk in it! It’s not about if God can do it. It’s knowing that He will!

01/16/18 – Prayer Call Sound is a little muffled on this week’s recording. Sorry!

My God, the Deliverer.

If you think about it, God has always been a great deliverer. He delivered Moses and the Israelites from the Egyptians by parting the Red Sea. More recently in 2009, 150 passengers were miraculously saved while their airplane plummeted into the Hudson River. There are some scenarios that are just unexplainable. 

Our trust has to be so invested in God. We invest time in so many things and people but what about the goodness of our Great God? His infinite wisdom captivates us every time we call and yet sometimes we take Him for granted. 

Tune into God.

Like your favorite tv show or channel, (Mines are the Food Network and HGTV!) tune in to His presence. God has some great resources for us and some of it is only discovered in our alone time with Him.

Question God.

Now my statement does not mean to doubt God asking if we’ll survive the turbulence in our lives. But rather, inquire about God’s perspective. “Lord, what do you say concerning this situation? What’s your heart in the matter?”

God what is your heart right now? What do you desire to hear? Tasha Cobbs in Heart. Passion. Pursuit.

Heaven has an agenda. 

Have expectancy in your heart. Partner with God to see His results in your life. The Lord your God shall provide! 

Declare: I shall see miracles, signs, and wonders this year!

Envisioning Your Greatness!

Hello all and happy New Year! I’m excited about what God is doing in this season. He is bringing us into new territory and higher ground.

On our prayer call, we focused on Abram’s life and what it means to have vision.

Vision

  1. the act or power of seeing sight.
  2. A thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination
  3. The act or power of imagination.

    Abram was a man of great faith. He was called to leave his homeland and trust God in the journey of relocating. Although he had walked with God for quite some time, Abram had no children. And even in his old age the situation bothered him.

    Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord , what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”

    Genesis 15:1‭-‬3 NLT

    Abram loved the Lord very much but it bothered him that he had no children to carry on His legacy. How often are we too frustrated because of our “lack”? We sometimes see no breakthrough. No resources. No resolution. Believe me, I felt that way before. But what happened next is astonishing.

    Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the Lord , and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

    Genesis 15:4‭-‬6 NLT

    Count the  s t a r s.
    The maker of the universe gave Abram a vision. Something he could see and connect with. Although Abram was initially childless, he believed God’s promise. 

    Have you ever sensed an urge to do something phenomenal? Have you ever believed for something incredible? Your time is now to meditate on what God has for you.

    Write the vision. Make it plain. Habakkuk 2:2

    Get acquainted with where God is taking you.

    What God has given you is not by mistake or accident. It’s something that only you have. Make the steps to help manifest it on earth!

    Partner with GOD

    • Make a vision board
    • Jot down your ideas
    • Collaborate with like-minded people
    • Get acquainted with where God is taking you.
    • Pray always.

      I believe God for your breakthrough. What He has promised shall come to pass. Step into 2018 with expectancy in your heart and a pen in your hand!

      Prayer

      Father, 

      Thank you for investing in me. Thank you for seeing beyond what I physically see. Help me to believe your words and to walk according to my calling. Please help me to rest in the center of Your will. I will abide in You, free from chains of fear, doubt, and stagnation.
      In Jesus Name,

      Amen.

      Listen to the powerful song that was featured on yesterday’s call!

      Not Of This World

      Maybe you are preparing for this holiday season. Silver bells… I’m sure some of you have already put up the Christmas tree & lights. Well, as you are preparing the house and getting the list together, I’d like to share this reminder with you.

      You are not of this world.

      Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, “What is your charge against this man?” “We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted. “Then take him away and judge him by your own law,” Pilate told them. “Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone,” the Jewish leaders replied. (This fulfilled Jesus’ prediction about the way he would die. ) 

      Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him. Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” 

      John 18:28‭-‬36 NLT

      When questioned by Pilate, Jesus responded that His kingdom was not of this world. He knew that others could have defended Him but He remained driven. 

      Imagine, being wrongfully accused by thousands and having to give a response. How would you feel and what would you do?

      Jesus was sure of was His identity and the ONE who sent Him.

      12/05 – Not Of This World

      You are loved, treasured, and favored by God.

      Because Jesus knew the Father’s love, He was able to boldly give an account of His purpose for being here.

      We also must be reminded that we are here to produce good fruit and share the Good News of salvation with others.

      I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

      John 16:33 NLT

      Be faithful over what God has given you. Do what He has called you to do wholeheartedly.

      Don’t be disheartened when people do not understand you. Do not be dismayed when they wrongly accuse you. Your heavenly Father is with you and His reward is greater.

      Prayer for the day

      Thank you Father for Your goodness. Thank You for Your bountiful mercy and endless love. When I am overwhelmed comfort me with Your steady hand. Remind me of your unfailing love and your kindness. When others do not understand me may I be content in Your approval.

      *If you’d like to learn about Salvation, click here.

      Thankfulness.

      “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4


      As the seasons change, I am reminded of the beauty of fall. The leaves have turned this beautiful, auburn color with golden hues and hints of green. Even the air has felt more crisp and inviting. Tis the season of thanksgiving.

      THANKSGIVING PRAYER CALL

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      thanksgiving

      a capitalized :thanksgiving day

      :a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness

      2:the act of giving thanks

      :a prayer expressing gratitude

      Upon swift walks to and from work, beauty has captivated me. It’s as if the earth has been trying to get my attention. Meanwhile, I have been somewhat engrossed in getting to my destination.

      Children out of their seats. Running around the classroom. Laughing, shouts, and paper planes. Welcome to my Thursday morning. As I stood there raising my voice and demanding respect I began to feel overwhelmed. I had one goal at that point: Get home on my lunch break. As I whisked through the next class, I swiftly got my things together. I was almost through those doors.

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      When I stepped outside everything was at a stand still. There was warm air, birds chirping, a gentle blowing breeze, and colorful leaves surrounding me. I felt slightly disappointed that I considered the day to be horrible when it was actually abundant. God encouraged me to embrace the moment and to be grateful for it. I sat on a nearby bench and took it all in.

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      Thanksgiving is a spirit. You don’t have to wait for Turkey day to be thankful and grateful. Show gratefulness in your life today. Don’t miss another moment!

       

      Here are some reminders:

      1. Embrace the beauty in each moment.
      2. Learn from your mistakes. Grow stronger, not bitter.
      3. Shift your perspective. Don’t be narrow-minded. Think of the bigger picture.
      4. Give thanks to God in all things.
      5. Stop and smell the roses (or shall I say pinecone this season?!)

      “Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” Matthew 6:28‭-‬29 NLT

      * Read Psalm 100 for more on thanksgiving. Peace and blessings! *

       

      Be Present

      Freedom is where my feet are. Author Unknown

      10/10 – Be Present Call

      You can tell a lot about a person by the way they walk. Some are hurried, eyes straight ahead, feet pounding the concrete as they cross the boulevard. Some are lost in space. Eyes glazed over like zombies, detached from the world around them. Others are strollers. Taking in the scenery and enjoying the view. They view the earth as if they have just seen it for the first time.

      I tended to be the hurried one. Not just physically but practically as well. You’d catch me rushing through my life’s agenda trying to play catch up. Rushing to work, rushing to complete assignments, rushing to finish blog posts,etc. But something eventually caught my attention.

      The miracle is not to walk on water but on the earth – Thich Nhat Hanh

      P a u s e . While trying to play catch up the earth was steadily beautifying. It took my dad to share his concern of me being overwhelmed and overworked. It took me getting lost on my way several times. It took me listening to my pastor and reading “An Altar in the World” to realize that the present moment was beautiful in itself. And I was missing all of it’s glory.

      The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

      Some things that I’ve come to learn are the following:

      Stroll don’t scurry. You are passing up way too much beauty focused on what you need to do when you get “there”.

      Look up. I remember going on my nature walk and entering an open field and looking up. The sky was so vast and beautiful.

      Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? – Matthew 6:26


      Look down. While my dog strolled around. I noticed this handsome area with rocks, flowers, and  plants standing tall. I knelt down to take it all in.

      Consider the lilies of the field, how they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. – Matthew 6:28

      Look around. Every stopped in the middle of the sidewalk? Ever found yourself captivated by all that was around you. Try it.

      Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you.Job 12:7,8 NLT

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      Hanging with Holy Host!

      So as you may have seen on my social media, I’ve recently joined a group -Holy Host Ministries! It has been nothing short of amazing.
      I had been praying and seeking God for my next move in life. I knew that I was preparing for something great but had no idea to what extent. I continued leading the prayer call,  going to outreach events, singing and songwriting. 

      I grew up in a musical household so singing was natural. But then I recall becoming fascinated with the structure of songs and playing the music keyboard. I’d tap at the keyboard playing 3rds from the C major and  A minor scales. I still can hear my first song I created! One of my passions has been to connect with people through music and to share the beauty of it.

      Several months ago, God began sharing with me that I was going to join a local church in Baltimore. It was one that I had seen occasionally online but never attended. I noticed that a group I affiliate with would be having their next event at the church! I knew that that was my green light to go!

      When I arrived, I stood in the back of the church before the event started as the people gathered to pray.  God spoke these words to me:

      Why stay in the back when I’ve called you to be in the front?

      I was given the opportunity to lead the discussion table at our event. The theme was Purpose. A handful of people joined me including the Holy Host team. What amazed me was everyone’s transparency and desire to grow in God. The connection flowed so naturally. 

      From there I started fellowshipping at CAB. I was invited to sing and play keyboard with Holy Host on some Sundays. 

      Then one morning as I woke up I heard God say for me to join Holy Host. Out of excitement, I immediately messaged Leviticus, the founder of the group. He informed me that he and Justin, another member, heard God tell them that. When I thought about how everything transpired, I realized that it was God’s hand orchestrating the whole time.

      I have been given the opportunity to usher people into God’s presence and it has been thrilling. What I had prayed for, God surpassed with great measure. I rejoice in sharing a platform with others who are eager to make a difference. Our hearts are hungry for impacting the world.

      Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. Thomas Kinkade

      Check out upcoming events at Holy Host Ministries!

      Thank you.

      What A Love

      I recall having this demented idea of love. I thought that love was similar to what you saw in the movies. The main character would be an emotional wreck.

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      Then out of the blue, someone would come to her rescue. And they’d live happily ever after, right?

      Lights, Camera, Action!

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      I loved love. Studied princesses like the bible, observed wardrobe choices, and fancied the royal lines. In order to be great, you would have to hang out with the great, right? I needed to know what it took to live happily ever after.

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      What really fascinated me was the concept of the royal kingdom. There were so many people called to serve in it. You had paupers, handmaids, royal guards, florists, and many more. They all seemed like a close-knit family. I envied their royal lives.

      I grew up in a lively, modest environment. Although a family of seven, mom and dad never intended for us to see their financial struggle.

      Sometimes I’d go to school and see the girls with the latest accessories and clothes. I’d wish for those things. I wanted to fit in and wanted to feel accepted. I would pray for things to change.

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      I would believe for greater things. Mansions, cars, watches, you name it (in my Shirley Caesar voice)! Lacking did not set right with me. But I realized something was lacking within me.

      I couldn’t grasp it but something was missing. Although it was nice to dream for great things I was not fully satisfied.

      Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

      Matthew 5:6 NKJV

      I came to learn that what was missing my devotion to Jesus. After an encounter in His presence, I fell head over heels. I learned that I was already apart of a royal family!

      His love took away shame, feelings of inadequacy and gave me new hope. I was able to utilize faith in different areas of my life and trust Him to move in the areas that were still a work in progress.

      Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

      Release negativity, bitterness, self-righteousness, doubt, and fear. Your Glorious King has commissioned you. He has called you as His own. Accept your royal heritage!

      Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

      Hebrews 12:1 NLT

      We are no longer in poverty. The King is here and He is here to stay. I am so glad to know that He loves us and accepts us as His own.

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      But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

      1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

      *Most pictures featured are from one of my favorite movies, Princess Diaries.

      Turning the Page

      Wow. I can’t believe we’re already at this point. 2016 is a day away. This year has been a whirlwind. Great surprises, deep dives, epic escalades and such. 2015 has been one of the most challenging, traumatic, amazing, risky, exciting years I have ever experienced. I have a lot of new memories in this year. New experiences. New challenges. Real discoveries. What a wonderful year. I have cried, hollered, laughed, screamed, danced, smiled, and created so much stuff. Trying out for American Idol and The Voice was a great accomplishment. Stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting so many people has been wonderful. I have realized so much. God has been my anchor. He has kept me grounded. I won’t make a New Year’s Resolution but my goal is always to thrive, learn, and excel in all that God blesses me with. Have a prosperous new year everyone!
      From: Shantel

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