The ENTIRE football team from NC A & T visited my church yesterday. I was completely unaware of their attendance until the coach was thanked for choosing to worship at Mt. Zion and asked them to please stand for acknowledgement. Imagine my surprise when DIRECTLY behind me for at least four or five long rows back the whole football team silently stood in unity. My spirit leaped as I looked behind me and swept a glance across all of those tall, hulking players. (Man, they were enormous!) I promise you that in the spirit I didn't see a football team at all. I saw twelve legions of angels looming over and providing for me (Matthew 26:53); a great cloud of witnesses watching out for me. In that instance I was immensely humbled for I "saw" God's confirmation that He is Jehovah- Shammah. Moments later I warmly embraced several of the players during the meet and greet. With evident strength they embraced me back and it was if I were briefly visiting with archangels. Returning to my seat, I felt sure the Spirit whispered to me, "I've got your back." If you took the time to read this, that whisper is also for your life today. No matter what you may be going through even in this very moment... GOD'S GOT YOUR BACK. Period.
Stretch your arms wide and freely embrace this brand new day! No matter what the backdrop (yesterday) may have been, as long as there's breath, there's fresh opportunity for moving forward. No looking back allowed for DESTINY is surely ahead and not behind you. Get it together and move towards the mark. 3 Things to keep in mind as you reposition: 1) Hear the voice of God, 2) Listen to His strategic instructions, and by all means 3) Trust & obey what He says when He speaks. You're built for this so the only thing left to say is, "Onward!"
Life Coach, Iyanla Vanzant, says: "Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”
Have you took a good look in the mirror lately and if so, did you like the image you saw? Was the person looking back at you someone you are happy with, proud of and even encouraged by who she ... IS BECOMING DESPITE all she may have been through?
In class this week my Professor shared many of the common reasons or excuses students give for why they just cannot make it to and in school. He shared the details of a particular conversation that went something like this...
Student: "You just don't understand. I'm having problems with this, and this and this. As a matter of fact, I'm really going through hell." Professor: "GO FASTER!"
Wow! Every hellacious thing that happens to us has been given specific instructions on just how far and how long it can affect us. What we have been given are specific instructions on how to realize that no weapon formed against us can prosper, to tuck our cloaks and "GO FASTER" by the grace of God through Jesus Christ!
The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. (I Kings 18:46)
I witnessed something worderful today: WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER to make it happen for themselves and others! I listened to the empowering stories of phenominal women... MOVERS & SHAKERS, TRAILBLAZERS & FIRESTARTERS who are "just doing the dang thang" and doing it well! These women were dressed to the nines, hair fierce and stilettos that make you say, "ouch!" by just looking at them. And did I mention that the music was off the hook. Lol! Well, I guess you know that I know I was in the right place at the right time on today.
The male and female keynote speakers addressed diverse areas concerning entrepreneurship, transformation, understanding the wisdom in accepting the change of seasons, seizing ministry opportunities, rising above adversity, the value of collaborations and partnerships and the power of believing in God and the power that is within to be blessed to be a blessing.
Thanks Chisa Pennix-Brown, better known as "LadyBizness," for giving me the heads up and being so willing to share connections.
The Women In Bloom Extravaganz was hosted by Focused Sistas Outreach founded by Majik Thequeenthatcares Pennix. Today women from all walks of life met at Greensboro's Dynacon Event Center for 2013's Celebration. Thequeenthatcares is a woman with a vision who has heard from God and a stranger's voice she will not follow.
Word of Wisdom: Go ahead & plan to catch Women In Bloom 2014!
Receive a fresh awareness of Spirit's ability in your life today. Have the complete understanding that you are fearfully & wonderfully made. Stand tall in the power of knowing that through His grace YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. Now that you've got all that... benchpress your authority and make it happen!
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed - always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Cor 4)
Many say that DESTINY is where you end up. I challenge that destiny is not necessarily where you end up. Rather, destiny is where you START for it is embedded in and assigned to you. The Father spoke to Jeremiah saying, "BEFORE I formed you in the womb, I knew you; BEFORE you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations (Jer 1: 4-5)."
Today as you navigate through your day, know that God is with you in whatever you may face, be it mountain top or valley low. Life's pendulum swings both ways, but God remains the same. Just as He was with Jeremiah... He is also with you. So go ahead on and walk that walk with your Called self. The Life -Giver and Master Healer has already provided everything you need for the journey. Selah.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman
I submit to you that this year is a year for DREAMS coming true like never before. As a matter of fact it has already started for those who have 1) allowed yourself to dare to believe again and, 2) have put movement to your reaffirmed belief.
Many years ago I was blessed to "star" as Harriet Tubman in an awesome production by Pastor Jacqueline Shaw. It was a dream come true because I had always admired this great woman, this female Moses, of uncommon faith & favor. A few of her most memorable quotes are:
As a child Harriet was beaten by masters to whom she was hired out. Early in her life, she suffered a severe head wound when hit by a heavy metal weight. The injury caused disabling seizures, narcoleptic attacks, headaches, and powerful visionary and dream experiences throughout her life, but guess what? She REFUSED to allow any of these things to deter her from her assignment to fulfill the visions/dreams implanted and entrusted within her by God. She realized it was not about her anyway, but about the souls assigned to her and as a result, God made it all work for her good!
Had she spoken to the slaves in our modern day language, I imagine she would have said: "HONEY, GET LIFTED!" She understood that the dream of freedom could become reality if the slaves would only put it into action under the protective covering of darkness. Long before R. Kelly made "I Believe I Can Fly" a national motivational anthem, Harriet Tubman had literally walked it out.
The same God that led her successfully through so many dangers, toils and snares is yet leading you today so in closing I simply admonish you to think bigger, wider and wilder (outside the box). Dust that dream off, get the mind of God concerning what safe route to take & "GET LIFTED!"
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says 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)
Wouldn't it be great if when we were having a terrible day, we could snap our fingers and smooth everything out? Guess what? In a way, you can!
Last week my Monday began with car trouble, hair trouble and Homework OVERLOAD! By 1 pm, I was already having the worst day ever. 'Frustrated' doesn't describe half! Try 'wits' end' or 'boiling point'. Through my tears, I heard God say: "Start your day over. Start this over!" On the way to a class I was already 10 minutes late for, I carefully turned my car around and drove home. Praying the entire way, I made plans to clean up my house, play music and fix myself breakfast. I had no CLUE how much I needed that hiatus until I calmed down. In the midst of folding clothes and warming up a meal , I smiled realizing I had gone from Level 10 to Level 0 in 1 hour. By 2 pm? I was back in my car, driving back to school to study with peace in my heart. God instructed me to take a step back, breathe and get myself together! Now, I live 2 minutes away from my school so 'just going home' was much easier for me but that doesn't mean you guys cannot do some version of my mini-getaway! In the middle of your anguish, tears and yelling all alone in your car or room, pause yourself. Allocate 30 minutes to a wind down period of prayer. Incorporate a simple activity during the period to redirect your negative energy to something else! For me? It was fixing breakfast and folding a basket of clothes. For you? It might be organizing CDs or updating books on your Kindle! While you work on what you're doing? PRAY! Prayer calms us down and has the power to change things instantly! More importantly, it shows God that when things are upside down, you depend on him wholly to take care of you. Snapping fingers to make a day perfect isn't realistic but snapping yourself back into reality is. God can help! It's all good! Restart your day!
-Marquaysa L. Battle
Today my ears are in tune with the Holy Spirit & truly all I've been hearing since yesterday is the sound of chains breaking and falling. I can feel an uncommon churning in my spirit. I've been lifting up everything I can think of to lift up concerning the LIBERTY that belongs to the children of the Most High God. I can't tell you the moment you will see the earthly manifestation but I can tell you that in the spiritual realm it has SURELY ALREADY BEEN DONE! I'm declaring to somebody else the same thing that I'm declaring to myself: "HANG IN THERE BRO! DON'T FAINT SIS! DON'T LOOK BACK COME WHAT MAY 'CAUSE GOD GOT THIS!" Selah.