Close to Christ, Reflection, Thankful, Trust, Whatsoever Things Are

Argh!!! Why does this hill seem so big?

Sometimes, we get frustrated because the obstacles in our path seem so insurmountable.

Why do they seem sooooo big? … Because we are closer to the obstacle that we are to God.

Tell your problem: ‘Back up, give me 50 feet!!’

1. Pull out your phone and message yourself 10 things you are grateful for

2. Google ‘what the bible says about trust’  … or a word to describe your issue, whatever the issue

3. Go to and pull up some music and sings praises unto the Lord

4. Go to your ‘Holy Bible App’ and read some scriptures on encouragement

5. Encourage yourself by remembering things that the Lord has brought you through so far

6.  Read a scripture, close your app and then just meditate on it, for 10 minutes

7. Periodically stop and think about different scriptures that you’ve read over the course of your life … It doesn’t matter if you just say, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want!’ (Psalm 23)  Say that…

8. Intentionally overthrow the issue at hand and purposely think about other things: whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philllipians 4:8)

9. Verbally say, “Get behind me, satan”. Leave me alone! You no longer have permission to speak to me.

10. Go into all-out, no holds barred, prayer, praise and worship! Worries and stressors cannot stand where the presence of the Lord dwells.





Purpose, Whatsoever Things Are

2015 New Year’s Prayer

O Lord I come to you this morning thanking you for this day. I thank you for the opportunity to pray as we walk into the new year. Lord forgive me for my sins, known & unknown. Purge me with hyssop.

Now Lord, Let your Word burn, like fire in my heart!
Manifest your tangible word in my life! Show me your glory!

Give me & show me my permanent place in you and in your kingdom.
Show me your vision.
Let me walk in  your way & your purpose for my life.
Fight for me, please Lord.

The tare influences the wheat by emotion, manipulation, and guilt.
I decree & declare I am wheat!

I decree & declare that I will never be influenced by manipulative people, neither will I be a manipulator.

I refuse to be entangled with people whose 2015 is just like 2014.
I refuse to be an audience for foolishness or partake in things that are sinful or that are not like You.

I decree and I declare God will separate me from people:
With recurring disobedience,
Who refuse to be disciplined,
Who want to carry baggage,
Who refuse to listen to God tell them how to let go of baggage!

Who refuse to forgive themselves or others,
Who steal my time, energy, effort, resources or ideas,
Who refuse to be naked before God,
Who serve God with their lips but their hearts are far from You.

Speak death, turmoil, or evil over their own lives and mine.
Destroy themselves and me with their words,
Whose life is dull, drab, complacent & purposeless,
Who camouflages fear with ‘waiting on the Lord’
Whose lives are laced with or full of fear & hesitation,
Who rely on words more than the spirit of the Lord.
… for the Word says the letter killeth but the Spirit brings forth life!

Instead, Lord make me keen- sharpen my discernment.
Keep the words from my mouth few, guide them that they always be true.
Have me to quickly obey the Word that comes to me from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Strengthen me. That I may not be afraid of the words of mere men- whether they be true or untrue.
Help me love you more each day.
In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

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).




Jesus is Lord, Whatsoever Things Are

The King’s Court

I noted in an earlier post that I remember when I worked in Teen Court, before we approached the judge, we had to say, ‘If it will please the court’ (judge).  We would humbly approach the judge- this was his jurisdiction, his property.  How dare we approach his presence any ‘kind of way’?

What if today was, as in days of olde, when kings had ultimate authority?

What if we allowed the Lord’s preferences be first and foremost in our lives?

I say that I am a child of the Most High King. The king with the capital ‘K’: King Jesus  He who is Author and Finisher, Alpha and Omega.  He who loves me and favors me.  He who know the thoughts that He thinks toward me- thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give me an expected end.

I know that my life would have been far simpler if I had done this early on: I decree and I declare that in every decision I make, that I will make it, as it should please my Lord!