Detours – Annoying or Life Saving?

img_0495Excited, walking out the door this morning. Singing let get lit started Wednesday here I come. Gathering with like-minded women doing business God’s way. Then the flash of a big, bright, orange, ugly Detour sign. Ugh! Becoming completely annoyed that I now have to go out of my way.

Finally after winding through backstreets, I pulled into the parking lot annoyed, taking a moment to check my attitude with God, sitting in the front seat of my car, I lifted my hands to pray. Feeling the tension in my shoulder release. It was only for a fleeting moment as I walked towards those familiar double doors, I felt unprepared for what was waiting on the other side. An uneasiness, a panic, a sense of fear covered me like an all consuming, dark, ominous cloud. I paused before I walked in, I heard the familiar voice of turn and run danger is ahead. My normal defense mechanism was in full protection mode. I opened the door, telling myself knock it off your acting crazy. I walked in a room that I have walked into numerous times, seeing the beautiful faces of women I love and admire, immediately I struggled with a heavy anxiety, feeling completely out of place, I didn’t belong there. I sat there with my hands folded in my lap, begging God to make me invisible. Announcements were read, but the room felt dead silent. As we stood up to pray, I peeled my hands off my lap and opened them up to the Lord, willing and wanting desperately for the Holy Spirit to come fill me up, to take away this awful feeling. Singing worship to the Lord, feeling like my heart song was falling on deaf ears. Sitting down, I intentionally sat with one hand writing notes, my other hand opened, face up continuing to invite God in.

The time had come, what was normally my joy and passion to lead a small group left me begging God to get me out of it. He knew better. Wondering what am I doing here surrounded by 3 beautiful ladies. What seemed like slow motion we started to discuss the teaching and steps we would take to become better stewards of our time. Prayer request time, each lady shared their personal request, after the last gave her request I wanted to just dive in and pray. Then God called me out, one of the gals stopped me and asked my request. First words out of my mouth was peace. I was sitting watching this whirlwind of chaos whipping around, petrified I would be swallow whole right there in my chair. The anxiety of me praying out loud, always been uncomfortable, felt magnified 50 times over, feeling I lack the eloquent, beautifully crafted words that pour so effortlessly out of gifted prayerful women. My mouth was full of words like fresh, breathe life, clarity, motivation, protection of the heart, and we would put on the full armor of God, protecting us from the flaming arrows of the enemy, realizing everything I said sounded cliché. Praying my words would not fall on deaf ears, these amazing ladies passion prayers would be fulfilled, I desperately wanted their prayers heard. Whew, my heart was relieved, the meeting was over and I could get out of there with a little conversation and bolt to lunch with a friend.

As I walked to my car I realized the detour that annoyed me greatly was the start of what the enemy wanted to use to destroy me. Those feelings that overwhelmed me was the enemy’s ploy to show that I was not fully protected. Frustrated by the detour, gave the enemy a foothold. The AHHA moment… the prayer I spoke over these women was God reminding me that He is my full armor, He was protecting me from the enemy’s danger as I sat there and watched that whipping, fierce wind of chaos held back from overtaking me. Spiritual warfare taking place right before my eyes and was being won. I sat for a second in my car overwhelmed. Thank you Lord for the life saving lesson played out for me to see. What could have swallowed me whole, sent me spiraling into complete despair, left me feeling desperately alone, believing my song and cry was falling on deaf ears, allowed God to step in, He fought and He won the battle for me. My annoying detour led me to witness a life-saving moment. What the enemy chose to use to detour me, God used to show me His divine sovereignty.

Annoying detours can lead to life saving lessons. #realtalk #arealGod#detours #lifelessons

Warriors of My Life

IMG_4040I have been thinking of this Scripture a lot lately. A lot has been happening in my life and I have come to the realization of how important friends are in helping me to accomplish God’s will in my life.

I am a quiet person when it comes to me and sharing. The things that are happening is my life are, I am attending Dallas Theological Seminary (Christian Leadership), and I am a leader of Rock Solid Woman Discipleship Ministry and a leader in the Pastoral Support Team and co-founder of Girl Talk Ministries. All by God’s design as I surrender my plan to walk out His plan. So I really need those special friends around me during this season. I love this crazy season of my life and I would have never imaged or thoughts of this for myself. He knew who I needed for now.

What does it mean to have a Aaron and Hurs in your life? What is it to have this type of support in your life? For me it is unreal, undesirables and I am blessed by them.

So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.   (Exodus 17: 11-12 NASB)

I do not mean just the friendship and fellowship I enjoy with my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. And that is very special to me. But, I mean the importance of those people that I consider the “Aaron and Hurs” in my life.

In the ministry that I lead, I asked the ladies to list their Aaron and Hurs in their lives or are they this person for someone else.

I am so humbled as I have seen the Lord place one and then another beside me as I need the extra support to be obedient in His plans for me. I can feel their prayers and support holding me up when I begin to feel weak and overwhelmed. I can feel their strength added to mine as I battle those forces that would try and stop God’s will from being manifested in my life.   Every day they share a word with me via of text, email or phone call. God uses them to meet me just where I am.   I am so grateful that I have them in my life.

I pray that everyone has those prayer warriors that will stand on either side of you and help you “hold your arms up” as you battle and press through until you achieve what the Lord is calling you to do during this time. Moses held the staff of God in his hand. I believe he had God’s anointing and authority to win the battle…but he needed help to achieve victory.

We ALL need to join together as the Body of Christ and support and strengthen each other through the power of the Holy Spirit! God’s strength is multiplied as we come together in love and unity to bring about His will and purpose upon this earth. Battles are won as we line-up side by side, arms linked, focusing on the Lord and His plans for the moment. Let’s not get so caught up in the “big picture” that we miss what He wants us to achieve in the next moment! As we face each battle together…walking under the Lord’s Banner…we will see VICTORY!! Hallelujah!

I humbly say “Thank you” to all those that are my “Aaron and Hurs.” I can’t do it without you… and I pray one day I will be that for someone else.

My challenge to you is to find your Aaron and Hurs for your life. Ask God?

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

imageMicah 6:8

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

I think of Micah 6:8 as a “bottom line” statement that is repeated throughout scripture in different ways. It holds straight answers for those who really want to know how to please God. God is saying here, “look, you don’t need a new word from me, I’ve already told you what I require.” Let’s take the three requirements and see how they might apply to our own situations.

1. Act justly: In other words, live according to justice and do what’s right. Now before we happily skip on to the next part because we’ve got this one covered, let’s ask a few questions.

Do I owe anything to anyone?

Have I cheated on my finances, taxes or legal obligations?

Do I tell the truth?

Have I “done right” by people? Treated others as they should be treated.

Are there sins that need to be confessed and turned from?

Am I living by God’s moral law?

I have to be honest and tell you that I was jolted out of bed at 5 am the other morning to make of list of things I needed to make right. I couldn’t sleep. I know I owe someone – I need to pay it. I’ve said I would do something for someone and have not fulfilled my promise. I got a pretty good little list going. I have to live ~where I always ask myself what would Jesus do?

2. Love mercy: Some translations say, “love kindness.”

Am I merciful to others when I have it in my power to help someone?

Do I live in such a way that others are first, and I am last?

Do I see my material blessings as a means to bless others?

Do I give of myself only when it is convenient?

I’m so aware that I don’t LOVE mercy! I sorta like it when it’s convenient, but I can’t say that my actions reflect the heart of God in all circumstances. Being merciful and loving kindness should be my way of life, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. That’s His will for me.- I always have to think what would Jesus do?

3. Walk humbly with your God: Live in complete dependence upon a holy, righteous and awesome God. He alone deserves glory.

Do I make decisions based on how they will benefit me, or God’s kingdom?

Do I feel the need to take credit for the wonderful things I’ve done?

Do I feel I “deserve” a particular job/ministry/position/recognition?

Do I rely on my good deeds to count, when my heart is far from Him?

Walking humbly doesn’t fit too well in our culture. We now must tweet our every stellar action, and post photos of our accomplishments on our own websites. We’re so aware of personal marketing that even parenting has become fodder for the “look at me” society. I fight the urge to look really spiritual and all put together for the people who frequent my blog. Do you struggle with this, too? I think all of this lops over into our spiritual life. I want to be willing to be nothing, if it means glorifying Him. Again, I ask myself what would Jesus do?

Finding God’s will for your life is really pretty simple. It starts, and ends, with your heart. When you begin applying the paradigm found in Micah 6:8, you’ll be amazed at how clear things become. As for me, I feel like I’m waking up in the middle of heart surgery…and although I’d like to jump off the operating table, I know my heart needs fixing and I have to trust the process. I want to embrace all that God has for me, and that means obeying what He’s already shown me.

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly

Love your sister in Christ

Would you take some time to ask yourself some hard questions? Work through the things that God has “already showed you.” Let this be a foundation for Him to build on, and I have a hunch that all the rest of His will for you will fall right into place.

How does this scripture speak to where you are at?

Get Back on Track with God

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There are ups, downs, and unexpected turns. Though you may go back along a trail you have been traveling, the one thing you don’t want in your Christian walk is to get off track spiritually.

One of the biggest struggles that we faces is when we get off track is reconciling with God.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

We all have come to those times in our lives where we get off track or don’t know which direction to go or a trial that feels so big it knocks us off track.

Here are some steps to help you get lined back up.

1. Recognize and understand what is happening to you. – That discomfort with your current life, that stirring in your heart and that guilty feeling that just seems to be haunting you is the Holy Spirit convicting you and trying to get you to repent. That is part of the role that He plays. God does not wish for anyone to perish but that ALL should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

2. Remove elements from your old life. – This will be tough. Some of your friendships/relationship may have been genuine and you may have weathered storms together. But to be clear, if you want to move forward in your Christian walk you MAY HAVE to cut those cords. The main reason being you run the risk of being pulled back into the world again and embracing your old lifestyle. The bible is clear “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). In the next verse, 34, it says “Come back to your senses as ye ought and stop sinning”. By nature, we are sinful. The devil knows our weaknesses so what better weapon to use against us to trip you up? Don’t play into his hands!

3. Go back to church.  The day that you decide to do this all sorts of reasons why you shouldn’t will pop into your head – “Everyone would be looking at me”; “What if all the back seats are taken and I have to sit up or close to the front?” “What about the questions – how will i answer them?” When this happens, bear this in mind: it is the devil’s intention to keep you where you are currently. It is his intention that you continue living that lifestyle of sin.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20) Don’t give him any room –  get up and go!

4. Find a Bible study or Get back to regular Bible reading and praying. – This is how God speaks to us and how we speak to him. John 15:4 (NIV) says “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” It is only by staying close to God that we can stay on the right track.

Let me tell you.  The devil only wants to destroy you but Jesus wants to renew you and give you abundant life. Come back to Him today

Do not let anything hold you back from God and His forgiveness and grace. Don’t let the pleasures of sin deceive you. In time, sin will bring you pain. Also, do not let doubt or guilt hold you back, for He promises you.

Take the right track for your journey to eternity.

Be Blessed

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