#FeelingDetermined, Being a Light, Discipline

You Ain’t Better Than Me

How many times have you heard someone say, You ” … ain’t no better than me… ”

better than me

I’ve seen where people at work, or in families struggle and strive to ‘better than’ each other.

I’ve seen where parents don’t want their children to be better than them:

A mother strive to be better than her daughter.

A father strive to be better than his son.


But I’m so humbled and grateful that the Lord wants us to do greater things than He:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If e shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 14:12-14

… And you know what else, He has empowered us to do so!

#Humbled #Happy #Empowered


Discipline, LikeHim


Moving to a new city, this single lady has been struggling setting things up!!!

Man, I’m glad that I have my Dad, four brothers, and eight uncles! I sure do need ’em.

In my singleness, I have been slowly learning about tools.  This has not been a voluntary exercise, I have been required to do so … it has definitely not been easy.

It’s funny, I’ve got some tools that I have had stored away that I’ve never used! Lol. Others that I use, but use improperly.

Along these lines, the Lord has shown me that He as given us many tools that He wants us to use in our lives.  Unlike the tools encased in metal, plastic, and rubber,  when it comes to these types of tools, we dare not use the tools at all, determined to rely only on one’s body instead.  Doing this will result in many broken nails, Ouch!! We dare not use the tools inappropriately.

Here are some of the tools that we have been given that we must seek the Lord to use properly:


Social Media




Human Body


The Internet

… Details on using these tools properly will be added to a post yet to come!


Weapons of Mass Construction

A few moons ago, I noticed a particular post where someone was venting on Facebook … Complaining and venting publicly about someone.  They were using their weapons (their mouths and words) as a weapon to make the person hurt (backbiting, or gossiping, and/or slander).

Take note: We have weapons in our mouths.

We can choose to allow them to serve as

weapons of mass destruction


weapons of mass construction.

As we prepare for work, we put on work boots. They can be used to protect your feet. They can also be used to crush the dreams of a co-worker.

We also have a hard hat. It’s typically used to protect our heads from things that may fall from above. It could also be used to throw at someone, or to knock over their lunch or their drink.

When you arrive at work, you have a few machines that you have been trusted to operate.


Each of the machines are used to perform certain functions to build on your job site. They are heavy duty machines and can be used to do the daily work of a single human in just a few seconds.  It can also be used to destroy a work site as well.

If your mouth were one of these machines, would you be flooding people with guilt and reminders of their past, or would you heap coals of fire upon their heads?

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof  (Proverbs 18:21). I beseech you to purposely choose to say good things. Sort through your mind and find something good to say. Be constructive. Be kind. Be loving. Choose to treat others the way you want Christ to treat you.

Get in the pattern of thinking before you speak.

… what should I say? What could I say that would build them up?

If this were me, what would I need someone to tell me?

Get into the pattern of reflecting on what you said to someone, through the mind of Christ.

… what did I say? What could I have said that would build them up?

If that were me, what would I have needed someone to tell me?

Did I edify them? Did I encourage them? Did I do what Jesus would have done?


Choose life.

Choose weapons of mass construction.



Discipline, Growing in Christ

Heart Check

What is it that you are seeking but have not yet asked for? What has the Lord set in your heart and mind to do?

Approach the throne with purity and boldness: He knows our hearts- Sometimes, He will answer before we ask aloud. Whooo-Hooo!!

There will be times when we must say Lord, I don’t have good motives about this or that, please change that about me. I want to be pure.

He’s such a gentleman, we wants to do it for us. He just wants us to be honest!

Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for–both wealth and honor–so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings (I Kings 3:13)

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear (Isaiah 65:24).

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures (James 4:3)






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Believing is, Discipline

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go

It’s funny that I’ve heard the expression, ‘On your mark, get set, go!’ countless times in my life but feel like just this morning God revealed something unto me about it.

On Your Mark
Being ‘on your mark’ is about being at and in the right place.
Physically, emotionally, mentally…
We need to be able to say:
… Lord, I’m here, with all of me.

There have been many times when I was physically somewhere but mentally somewhere totally diffrent!

On a similar note,there were instances when I was close to, kinda-sorta-almost-where I was supposed to be, but not exactly where I was supposed to be.
I remember when I was a student at FAMU, some of us used to say,
‘I went to the game’ or
‘I was at the game’ or
‘I’m at the game’ lol …

Truth be told, it was a common thing for us to, even if we had tickets, to not be ‘In the game’.
… This is because we saw more benefit of hanging out at the vendors, buying T’s, food, drinks, or snacks, artwork, walking, talking, and laughing … than actually watching the football game in the stadium. We liked the environment outside of the stadium more.

I guess we could say if you’re a vendor or policeman your purpose was fulfilled on the outside and that’s right.

But let’s be honest… In many instances, that’s not the case.  We are simply not where we need to be.

If God directs us to do something, that is what we need to do.
We need to be transparent with God about that.
Sometimes what we are doing is not bad but it is simply not what God wants us to be doing.
If we don’t know where we need to be, take that to the Lord in prayer. #DoIt

Press on!
Press in!

Get Set
Being ‘set’ is about the tools that are required to get the job done.  Do you have everything you need?

If you’ve gotta cut up a watermelon, you’ll need more than a spoon … bring a knife with ya.
You were asked to cut up the watermelon, not eat it. We’ll use that spoon to scoop some out and eat after its been cut!

In other things, don’t show up to a gun fight with a knife.

So remember, just because a certain tool was proper for some event or thing does not mean it’s proper for use in another setting.

So be prepared for the task at hand but also do what I’ve heard one of my mentors say, ‘Go ahead and dress the part before you take the part.’

Understanding this, there are many times we don’t know what we need but our Lord, the Great Preparer, knows exactly what we need, how much we need, and when we need it! We just need to humble ourselves to Him and ask in faith!

People of the Most High King, when we are where we need to be mentally, emotionally, and physically
have what we need to go … We simply need to go!
Don’t just sit there!!
Again, God will give us strength, endurance and longevity, if we only dare to go and ask Him for what we need in belief!



Discipline, Love, Obedience

Reconciling Love, Fear, and Courage

As noted earlier, the Lord has been dealing with me about three constructs: Love, Fear, and Courage.  Now, I guess my question is, ‘What do these three words have to do with one another?’  This is what I believe that the Lord is saying:

– If we love the Lord, we need to show it. For the word exclaims, “If you love me, feed my sheep” (John 21:17).

– Perfect love casts our fear (I John 4:18). Your love for me will overthrow any fear of people, things, fear of occurrence, or missing out on this or that. You love for me will overthrow fear and propel you into obedient action.

– When the Lord spoke to Mary, Joseph, Moses and others, saying “Do Not Be Afraid” he was telling them, Listen, I know that you love me. I’ve got something that I need you to do for me. You’re going to have to be brave. You’re going to have to be focused. Muster up courage. Do this for me.  I’ll be with you, as usual. 🙂

– Moses, I know that you cannot speak well. Trust that I love you and that I have your best interest in mind, Trust that I know what I am doing and that I will help you do what I want you to do. Speak for my people. Support, defend, and love them. Give them the words that I give you.

– Mary, I know that you are young and that you and Joseph have not known each other.  Be a good mother to my flesh and love him.Trust that I love you and have your best interest in mind. Your sacrifice will help all of man kind.  Trust that I know what I am doing and that I will help you.

– Joseph, I know that Mary and you have not known each other. The easiest thing for you to do in today’s society is exploit Mary. Don’t do that! Trust that she has not been with a man. Know that I love you and have your best interest in mind. Trust that I know what I am doing and that I will help you. Support her and love her. With Mary, take care of me as I am your flesh and I will help you.

There are many accounts of humans being told to not ‘be afraid’ by angels or other representations of Jesus Christ. In just these three, I hope that you get my drift. These three were obedient and chose to move as directed. They were courageous, allowed their love for God to overthrow fear.

As a result, their lives influenced the lives of all people who lived, forever!







Keep It Moving

God has empowered you!

By His grace, you are living in a time when you can be born poor but work to make a better life for yourself.
Likewise, we were born into sin and can repent then live without perpetual sin!

You are your own gas pedal
You are your own brake
You decide if you move forward or delay
You determine if you go fast or slow
You determine if you never move or never slow down

You decide how quickly you travel:
Around the corner
Around the curve

Through the mud puddle
Through the over-flowing pond
Over bad roads
Over ‘Rocky Lanes’
Over smooth pavement
Over bumpy dirt roads

You decide if you take the trip:
Despite sprinkles
Despite afternoon showers
Despite snowstorms
Despite blizzards
Despite icy windshields
Despite re-iced windshields
Despite hail
Despite thunderstorms
Despite oncoming tornados
Despite hurricanes
Despite tsunamis

You decide if you still want to make the trip even when you have to:

Wake up early​
Stay up late

Drive with
Heavy Eyelids
Dreadful company
Best of Friends

You’ve got to make up your mind before you get in the vehicle.
I must make this drive.
I will make this drive, no matter what obstacles I face.
If my car breaks down.
I just need to get a repair or alternative transportation.
I’m not quitting.
I’m not taking a break.

I don’t care what I must go through!
I will take the hits and get back up and keep moving!



Discipline, Jesus is Lord

Broke, Broken, Humble

Not long ago, I heard someone say that they don’t drive, don’t have a vehicle, don’t have lots of clothes, don’t have a job. They said, you see, ‘I live a humble life’.

Since that time, I have been praying about what they said. I have been praying about making sure that I have a good understanding of what humility is … And what it is not.   The following is what I believe that the Lord is telling me on this wise.

Humility is not being broke.

Humility is not having one pair of shoes/one hand bag or only one outfit to wear.

Humility is knowing that whatever you have or have access to is not because of your own efforts.

If you have 1 cent or one million dollars, it’s because God’s mercies toward you.

If you have 1 pair of shoes or 100 pairs, it’s because God’s mercies toward you.

You have a roof over your head- in a shelter or in Martha’s Vineyard- you have that roof because of God’s mercies toward you.

Humility is knowing that it is not your intellect, job, family lineage, or anything that has to do with you that you have what you have.

Humility is knowing that God allowed you to:

go to high school

finish high school

enter into college, trade school, etc.

complete your program/graduate

get a job

wake up and go to work

stay long enough to earn a check

beat depression and get out of bed and go to work… etc.

Or simply inherit a silver spoon.

Only God. Not you. For the bible states: But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish His covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day (Deuteronomy 8:18).

When God chooses to bless your life, there is nothing that you can do. Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and cannot reverse it (Numbers 23:7).

If being humble is about not having possessions or having access to things, how can the blessed be humble? Always give God praise and honor for everything, acknowledging that it was His provisions, not yours.

I can understand how someone could think that a person who does not have many things is humble. But it is possible for the human element to be prideful having one item.  Furthermore, one may develop self-righteousness with that one item, thinking or saying that they have it because their own efforts. When we know all that is good and perfect comes from God (James 1:7) and that elevation and promotion is from the Lord also (Psalm 75:6).


Thank  you for showing me that there is a difference between being humble and being broke or broken. Teach  me to love you, honor you, love all people, and cherish my relationship with you when I have and when I do not have.  Teach me to acknowledge your role as you move across my entire life.  Take away every ounce of pride that I have.  Let me be more humble in each passing day.  Lead me to always be grateful for your many blessings.  Teach me to give, wanting nothing in return. Help me to always know that you are the source of my help.  Give me an abundance and I will share as you direct me. Then Lord, teach me to always be thankful for all that you do and never ashamed to give you glory. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Discipline, Love

Don’t Catch the Wrong Bus!

In some earlier posts, I discussed how the Lord is a Great Prepare-er.

I thank God for preparing me for His work. I am grateful for this journey that we are on together: I am also, very glad that He has brought me to the place where I have these types of thoughts about Him.

As a single woman, I long for companionship. Sometimes, more than other times.  Lol, sometimes, not at all!  But generally speaking, I do.  In prayer and meditation about this recently, I heard the Lord say that He has invested far too much time in me for me to get on the first train smoking.  Lol…

I had to share this!!

Ladies and gentlemen, be honest your journey with the Lord.  Take the time to remember what He has brought you through and be grateful.  Smile and know that just as He has taken so much time and effort to prepare you, He has taken the same amount, if not more, to prepare your partner for life.

Make sure that you are not settling, but rather that you are truly waiting for the Lord to give you the man or woman that HE has destined for you to be with.  (For the most part, these are my preferences, but you get the drift.)  I whole heartedly believe that He who God has for me is the type of person:
Who is full of the Holy Spirit

Who admires what I pour my heart into, not the person who dreads what I love

Who is proactive and a hard worker

Who understands my personality and likes it

Who is patient, kind

Who expects to live a long life

Who makes healthy food choices

Who ‘gets me’

Who is strong and confident, but willing to let me help him

Who is a natural-born provider

Whose line of work compliments mine; He never competes with me

Who always has something positive to say or add

Who is a healthy lover

Who thinks what I do is important

Who is proud to know me

Who speaks life over me

Who is not physically or emotionally or financially, etc… yoked with another woman

Who is never sarcastic or rude

Who has a long-standing relationship with Christ

Who loves the Word of God

Who thinks that Kingdom work is important

Who never shares our conversations with others

Who is in love with me, not the idea of me

Who never exploits people and is not manipulative or vindictive

Who thinks that my pet peeves are important

Who is kind, without thinking of himself

Who never gossips or backbites; only edifies people

Who loves to read and write

Who is cool-tempered, passionate

Who likes the finer things in life.

Who loves to take mission trips, give, share, and do

Who is physically attractive and is physically attracted to me

Who is cheerful and friendly, never meets a stranger

Who does not drink or smoke and it’s perfectly ok with him- is a ‘non-issue’

Who I don’t have to convince to pay his tithe, cheerfully give an offering

Who understands the importance of gainful income

Who is well kept, combs his hair, takes showers (had to throw this one in there, lol)

Who understands the importance of setting up a retirement fund, establishing a funeral account, finishing his degree program, etc

Who is always thinking of and planning for the future

Is completely against pre-maritial sex

Who is a savvy business man

Who values the time that we spend together, instead of thinking that other things are more important

As people of God, we need to make sure that we don’t settle and catch the wrong bus.

“Have a little talk with Jesus” and ask Jesus what you need to want in a life partner.

Write the vision and make it plain!

The person who we yoke up for life with is too important to leave to chance, or to make a decision about while intoxicated by sex, drugs, or alcohol. Be prayerful, sober and diligent.

On this journey called life, don’t get on the wrong bus!  Get on the bus that God has prepared for you.




Being a Light, Discipline, Love

No More Silos

Sometimes in life, we hear something from God and place the info into one particular silo.

A silo (from the Greek σιρός – siros, “pit for holding grain”) is a structure for storing bulk materials. Silos are used in agriculture to store grain or fermented feed known as silage. Silos are more commonly used for bulk storage of grain, coalcementcarbon blackwoodchips, food products and sawdust. Three types of silos are in widespread use today: tower silos, bunker silos, and bag silos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silo).

Commonly, we use silos because we have learned that everything has its place:

This goes over here, and that goes over there.

Let’s put everything in its place.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the word of God, we bring this concept in also: “The bible says, Love thy neighbor as thyself. My neighbors are those people who live next door. Those are the only people I love!”

“I trust the Lord with my family, my job, my education, but my money … well, that’s for me.”

I pray, O Lord, teach us to think outside of the silos that we have set up. Teach us to, when we hear your word, to never assume that we know what you are saying. Teach us to go to You for clarification, for it is unlikely that we understand every angle of what You bring to us, for is says in your word:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33).

As I noted in an earlier blog post, we need to think about where our thinking has brought us and live under the direction of Jesus Christ.  Silos may be great for storing corn or wheat, but certainly let the Word spillover into every area of our lives. Let Him rest, rule and abide.







Discipline, Purpose

It’s a Non-Issue

When the Lord brings you to something, know that He also wants to bring you through it.

Resolve to pass the test; refuse to fail.

Lean on Him for divine strategy to overcome.

Lean on Him for energy to endure.

Lean on Him for longsuffering when you want to quit.

Lean on Him to fight for you.

Lean in Him to give you the victory!

When you have passed, also make sure that when this circumstance comes again, it’s a non-issue.

No, I’m not having sex before marriage.

No, I’m not stealing.

No, I’m not going to lie, even though its going to be embarrassing.

No, I’m not going to backbite.

No, I’m not going to be jealous.

No, I’m not going to be a glutton.

No, I’m not going to do anything that the Lord hates.

No, I’m not going to gossip.

No, I’m not going to live life in fear.

No, I’m not going to hold on to things that God has delivered me from.

No, I’m not. …Why?? Because it’s a non issue for me.

I already passed that test.

… It wasn’t just me passing it, The Lord of Hosts, the Lord Mighty in Battle was with me.

And He’s with me right now, as I proclaim:

Satan, the Lord rebukes thee! This is a non-issue!



Discipline, LikeHim, Love

The Law of Large Numbers

In probability theory, the law of large numbers (LLN) is a theorem that describes the result of performing the same experiment a large number of times. According to the law, the average of the results obtained from a large number of trials should be close to the expected value, and will tend to become closer as more trials are performed (wikipedia.org/lawoflargenumbers).  The law is commonly expressed in these terms:

Law of Large Numbers

Further, in simpler terms, in order to get a desired value over time, one has to start off with a large number.  Over time, the number will dwindle. In the end, the large number shrinks to the desired value.

What does God’s Holy Word say about this scientific tendency?

– Gideon’s army was shrunk from 22,000 to 10,000 to 300 (Judges 6-8).

– Scholars estimate that Sodom and Gomorrah had 200,000 inhabitants. But during the departure from the city only Lot, his wife, and two daughters left the city.  Biblical accounts indicate that Lot’s wife was changed into a pillar of salt because she looked back.   In the end, only Lot and his two daughters were saved  (Genesis 19).

– Statisticians and economists agree that at this time in history, approximately 2 Trillion people were born, are living or have lived on earth. Yet, the bible states, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Luke 7:13-14).

– Many are called, few are chosen (Matthew 22:14).

– Many people may plant seeds in your life. Many may water the seeds. Only God gives the increase (I Corinthians 3:6-7).

– Through the ministry of our Lord, as He lived here on earth, many people were healed- there were so many people healed that there could have been more written. More specifically, the bible states, And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written (John 1:25)! However, only 4 sympathetic people were at the food of the cross (John 19).

– Again, throughout the ministry of Jesus Christ, he fed 5,000, (Matthew 14:31-21) then 4,000 (Mark 8:1-10). But only between 120 to 3000 were in the upper room or temple receiving the Holy Spirit.

The bible is always right, for it is divinely inspired. Why is it that, in the spiritual and in the natural, these numbers dwindle so?  I am not sure, but pray that come what may, I am always counted amongst those who are following God. This is my prayer:

O Lord, I pray that you purge my heart. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness, line me up with your will, teach me to obey, let me be obedient, and even as the numbers dwindle, let me be counted among your righteous.  In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.


Discipline, Jesus is Lord

Give and I’ll Give It Back To You

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

And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. Mark 4:24

You give love, affection …

You have ‘smart’ comments to say to or about people …

You gossip or backbite about people …

You forgive people real quick …

You share even when you don’t know where you next meal is coming from …

Good or bad, You’re going to get what ever you are planting.  God is not a man that He should lie.

Harvest time is not always so exciting, huh?

Lord, Teach Us Your Way!


Discipline, Purpose, Trust

Wrestle Not!

We wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities… Eph 6:12

We overcome through the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimonies… Rev 12:11

Stand and see the salvation of the LORD. Exodus 14:13 and II Chronicles 20:17

We’d rather hear someone say, ‘Yeah, you told me that!’ than to hear them testify that God changed their hearts, that God delivered them, that they are saved by God’s grace, that they thank God for doing this or that…

Wrestle Not!

We’ve got to learn to be quiet.
Be quiet and hear God.
Be quiet and let people hear God not our motor mouths.

The more you talk the more you exacerbate or worsen your situation.

It is better to dwell in a corner of the rooftop than with a brawling (or
in some translations- a nagging or contentious) woman. Proverbs 21:9

Sarcastic talking, combativeness, and strife, saying things ‘tit-for-tat’
can set you back years in the past and rob the function of the anointing.

Either you trust in your mouth or you trust in the spirit of the Lord.
Choose ye this day who you will serve! Joshua 24:25

One of the main reasons that we are not overcoming and we are not healing others because we want to take credit in some manner. On the contrary, all glory belongs to God.

Look back over your life and be honest about where your have mouth has gotten you…
Where the Lord has taken you…

And shut up!

Zechariah sat in silence:

… waiting for he who would usher in the Lord.
… waiting for he who would be the voice crying in the wilderness.

Let us sit in silence now, trusting in God to do His work.

Henceforth, now and forevermore, let the Holy Spirit work. Rather than talking, trying to convince people let the Holy Spirit convict them- the change will be significant to them and more meaningful, and  permanent.

Don’t be caught up on getting everything ‘off your chest’ or receiving credit but rather give God glory!!

Wrestle not!

Discipline, Jesus is Lord, Trust

I want, I want, I want…

I want, I want, I want!

Me, Me, Me.

My, My, My.

Watching Captain Hook say these things in annoyance of the kids…

I set and think: Many of us want things-
iphones, ipads, ideas,
To see the World,
World Peace,
To End Hunger,

While these things are desirable- right now I ask you, Lord- please change our preferences so that we may want more of you. I declare that I want:

…be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philippians 3:9)

When we accept Christ as our Savior, take on His name and take in His spirit, His righteousness is placed upon us. It is not our own semblance of righteousness (which is as filthy rags) that clothes us, but Christ’s own perfection (which is as robes of white).

My Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for Your love that allows me to be clothed in Your righteousness! May I never take it for granted! May I be found wanting more of you. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
(adapted, blueletterbible.org)

Discipline, Purpose

Stand at the Gate and Watch

As those who are of God to present themselves before God, so came the enemies of God (Job 1:6 and Job 2:1). As our Lord stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20), the enemies of God do the same. The enemy always tries to present himself as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14).

Moreover, as a people of God, we must watch who stands at the door of our hearts.

We must stand at the gates of our physical and spiritual ears, noses, bodies, ears, and mouths  and watch!

Be honest, if this means that we have to stop:

– Interacting with some people, so be it.

– Visiting some social media websites, so be it.

– Stop going to certain places, so be it.

If thy right hand offend you, cut it off (Matthew 5:30). Watch the gate!










I Ain’t Wasting No Time

I decree and I declare that I will stop wasting my most precious commodity.

More precious than rubies


my salary,




… is my time.

I vow to spend my time and energy advancing the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

I’ve heard people say, “If it ain’t fun, I ain’t doing it.”

Well, I say, “If ain’t advancing the Kingdom of God, I ain’t doing it!”

Discipline, Uncategorized

A Made Up Mind

As I prepare to travel across the country, I know that the path before me is full of hills, mountains, buildings, and skyscrapers.

I know that no matter how large the building or how gigantic the mountain, there is nothing more powerful than the mind that the Lord has given to me to travel around and through them.

I know that there is nothing that is more powerful than the determination that is inside of me when I make up my mind to do a thing.

I decree and I declare that I will let my mind be as the mind of Christ Jesus.

I will give God:

Glory with my life.

Praise with my lips.

Honor with my actions.

Do that which pleases my Lord.

– Be about my heavenly Father’s business!

Being a Light, Discipline, Growing in Christ, Jesus is Lord

Who’s Your Daddy?

In the movie Life Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence were in a scene when prisoners were lined up and asked if they were the father of a baby.  This was a comical scene, but very important to the grandfather of the child.  It is very important who we yoke up with, but that’s another story…

In the movie, someone stepped up and said ‘I Da Pappy’. Lol. It was evident that he was not.

This movie reminded me of a conversation that I had with a friend about her position teaching Pre-K at a public school. My friend said that some of the 2-3 year old kids use profanity.  (She’s a very humble women and does not judge people.)  She told me about how, during open house and other periods of visitation, she can easily match your parents with their children without and before being formally introduced. Using only…

common phrases and expressions

the use of profanity

she even chuckled that she can almost pair kids and parents by which words are used.

body language and gestures

other words that are not ‘cursing’, or ‘profanity’, but are simply unkind.


So the question is, people of God …

What indicators are there to indicate who our father is?

-Do you curse or use profanity or lie or deceive??

-Do we behave unseemly?

-Do we consistently manifest Jesus Christ in every way?

-Do we positively or negatively influence people?

-Do we always have something negative to say or add?

-Do we add value to the lives of the people who are in our circle of influence?

After viewing our lives, our thoughts, our behavior, would God claim us?

Or are we the child of another?

Chose Christ!


I challenge you to manifest His behavior in every arena.

I challenge Christians to spend more time with the Lord – to spend more time in His word.

And to do it so much so that we are His reflection. 🙂




Discipline, Whatsoever Things Are

Throw Away The Negatives

When I  was preparing to move from the midwest to the south, I was looking through a massive amount of stuff.  LOL, the saying, ‘You never know how much you have, until you start to move’ comes to mind.

I have so many shoes, hand bags, coats, jackets, galore … pots, pans, kitchen accessories, and photographs. On this particular evening, I was having a conversation with my mom. I asked my mom about what I could throw away.  I asked her about what she thought was important.

I told her that one of my faculty mentors instructed my to keep my dissertation and major papers for one year!!! Argh!!!

I told her that I had boxes and boxes of books …

A few boxes of academic documents…

Boxes among the of articles and whitepapers…

Another box of approximately 300 photographs …

When we were sharing, I complained of the usefulness of thousands of 35mm pics and corrresponding negatives that I have accumulated over the years. She and I talked briefly about those memories on those pictures.  I told her about my desire to scan thee images and get rid of this weight, but my lack of time to do so before my move.

While we were speaking, I started looking through the pictures.

I remembered experiences of work in Marianna, Tallahassee, Portland, Huntsville, San Francisco, San Diego, Terre Haute …

I remembered experiences in high school- prom, Home Economics, my high school pals.

I wanted to scan them in, not throw them away.

She agreed and at the end of the conversation, she quickly said, “Just throw away the negatives.”

After I hung up, I went through the big pile on my office floor, I grabbed all of the pictures, stored them, but threw away those negatives.

I remembered what my mom said and I recited that many times,

‘Throw away the negatives’.

‘Throw away the negatives’.

‘Throw away the negatives’.

For a moment, I thought of all of the sin, weights, distractions, and negative thoughts that I’ve let into my life.  I threw away those negatives too!

The Lord sent His word unto me:

-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).

-And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
(Ephesians 4:29).

-Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
(I Corinthians 14:1).

-Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice (Philippians 4:4).

-Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24).

-And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full (1 John 1:4).

-Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full (2 John 1:12).

-Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).




Discipline, Jesus is Lord, Love

Just Enough

Sometimes in relationships, we show affection to our significant other just enough for them not to leave us

We may say I love you just enough for them to know that we love them

We may say or we may do certain things just enough for the relationship to remain intact

At your job, you may come in just enough for them to know that you still work there

With regard to your duties or responsibilities, you may do things that you supposed to do just enough that you can keep your job

Likewise, your employer may pay you just enough to keep you from looking for another job

You may come in late, or leave early but do it just enough times to avoid getting written up or fired

When unbelievers date saved folks, they often attend church/ pray/read their bible just enough to make the believer think that they love the Lord

… All of these things may be true,

but in our relationships with our significant others

and in your relationship with Christ, you can’t just do just enough. 

You can’t go to church just enough to make yourself ‘feel good’ about your relationship with God

We can’t go to church and experience just enough of the presence of the Lord and then leave and return to our wicked ways …

We cannot do just enough to get into the kingdom of God!!

We cannot do just enough.

Simply, He has done far too much for us to give Him any minimal amount of any thing- praise, worship, time … nothing.





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For Christ Sake

While serving as a supervisor for At&t, I rendered disciplinary action to one of my employees who consistently used this phraseology out of context, alongside a choice word, that begins with the letter F …

I’ve heard it used countless times, mostly inappropriately. I make a conscious decision to overthrow this trend and use it properly in my life.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof!  We are joint heirs with Christ!

… You may ask: Well, to be an heir, doesn’t someone have to die?

He is alive.  Better yet, we we are alive also!

Yes, but because He died and rose again, and when we’ve truly died to ourselves, to our flesh, we enter into our portion of our inheritance.

In this vein, we continue His work, ‘On earth, as it is in heaven’.

In Jesus name:

I claim healing from cancer for Kingdom work
I claim healing from diabetes for Kingdom work

I claim freedom from all physical and mental illness, for kingdom work

I claim freedom and liberty from geographic spirits and all geographic ties for Kingdom work

I claim freedom from all demonic spirits for Kingdom work

I claim healing in my financial life for Kingdom work

I claim a new vehicle for Kingdom work

I claim space for people to live in my home for Kingdom work

I claim blessings to come from the north south east and west – let them over take me in the name of Jesus!

Close to Christ, Discipline, Jesus is Lord, Love

Difficulty in Singleness and in Marriage

A few days ago, a friend said, “Married people got it made, it’s us single people who are suffering!” Well, as a woman who can say, ‘I once was married but now I’m single.’ It is not good and moreover difficult to be single and holy but also ‘good’ in the eyes of God, therefore very difficult to be married and holy.

Think of this simple example.

You have just been hired. You have a choice of one of two jobs:

Job 1: You are asked to pull all of the red squares off of a conveyor belt as pieces slide pass you from the left to the right at 10 miles/hour. One thousand balls will pass you in the course of a hour. It’s an even mixture of colors: red, orange, yellow, blue and green.

Job 2: You are asked to pull all of the red, yellow and orange squares off of a conveyor belt as pieces slide pass you from the left to the right at 10 miles/hour. One thousand balls will pass you in the course of a hour. It’s an even mixture of colors: red, orange, yellow, blue and green.

All else being equal, it would be significantly easier to work on the first job.  With the first job, you will be allowed to focus on one thing your entire shift.

Why did I use this example? Keep reading!  What does the bible say about this?

– The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him (Genesis 2:18).

My first point is that marriage is a male-female relationship that was ordained by God. The enemies of God still hate God, they do not care about us and hate anything, any relationship or organization that is ordained by God.  Moreover, they proactively look to kill, steal and destroy things that He makes ordains and loves.

This point alone implies that it would be more difficult to properly stand in a relationship that God ordained to stand alone.

– When we are together, whether our intentions are good or bad, we accomplish whatever we want to accomplish. This is demonstrated through the building of the tower of babel (Genesis 11). Other accounts indicate that we are powerful when we work together also:

– Five can chase one hundred (Leviticus 26:8)

– Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, (saith the Lord) I will be in the midst (Matthew 18:20)

– A three-fold cord is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

– Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? (Ecclesiastes 4:11)

– One can chase one thousand two can put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:20)

In the New Testament:

– And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

7 And they were all amazed and marvelled … (Acts 2:1-7).


It is apparent that when we work together we can really wreak havoc on the enemies of God.  Moreover, the enemies of God hate it when we are together.   Think about how much more they hate it when we are a part of a permanent and committed relationship like marriage.

When I was single I had instructions (and now again, since I am single, due to divorce) from the bible:

… He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:32).

There are many things that we can do as singles, since we are not intimately  tied up in the affairs of another human being, and we need to do them.

But we are instructed differently when married:

1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

2 Nevertheless to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence, and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4 The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband; and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own body, but the wife.

5 Defraud ye not one the other, unless it be with consent for a time only, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not through your lack of self-restraint.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not by commandment.

7 For I would that all men were even as I myself am. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one in this manner and another in that.

8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn (I Corinthians 7:1-9).

There are other scriptures that directs married couples: husbands, love your wives … etc.

Moreover, another important and beautiful part of being married is the prospect of having children together- for the bible proclaims that children are an heritage unto the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Further, children are important to Christ and should be important to both parents.

All of this is very interesting to me, especially as I reflect the hurry to get married.

To be continued.


Close to Christ, Discipline

My Fav Pen

Sometimes, I can be very creative. I love to paint, write…

I have a drawer with two shoe boxes of pens, markers, and other writing utensils.  I’ve been writing a lot lately and I’ve noticed that I have a favorite pen. This pen, as compared to probably 300 other writing tools, is very reliable.

It works when ever I need it.

It’s easy to grip and hold.

I take it where ever I go. You’ll find it in my car console, my purse, my gym bag …

I don’t have to scribble here and there to test to see if it works before I use it.

It’s bold enough to write what I need it to write.

It’s the right shade of blue; It does not bleed through.

I was thinking… if the Lord was looking for a utensil- a tool to use one that would write or say what He wanted it to say- a tool that was the right shade, the right level of boldness, easy to hold and went every where He went, would he consider me?  I dare not look up and defiantly ask the Lord why He is doing this or that unto me.  Lord, help me to be as the pen of the ready writer, patiently and obediently waiting to do as you instruct.