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Original Only: New things God wants to do through you

I think we live in a day where trends spread faster than ever before. We can search what is popular and do what is popular so we can become more popular. And most times it is for good reason that we desire our work to become more known. However chasing the waves of trends can be costly. A cost I know all too well.

Chasing trends can cost you your time, energy, and peace. It takes a lot to keep running in a race that you were never meant to be in. Even more so it takes humility to drop out of that race and try something new. Would you try something new if God told you to? Would you go about your dreams and goals a different way?

Lately I’ve been having this thought to embrace the original. Embrace the new things God want to do through you! Treasure and prioritize those new things above any trend that you can chase today. There’s a reason God gave you those new ideas and songs. Don’t neglect them. Just do it! Be faithful and creative. Be free and original.

Don’t let applause or popularity determine your success. God doesn’t determine success that way. Success is doing what God has called you to do and doing it with all your might. Doing your very best. So embrace the original while God handles the rest.

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Give Your Seeds Time To Grow

We’ve all heard of the phrase “who builds without counting the cost”. It’s a popular scripture in the Bible found in Luke 14:28. That scripture is actually referring to the costs of following Jesus Christ. However, lately when it comes to planting seeds and laboring in my daily life I thought of the question who plants without counting the time? Who plants without considering whether he has enough patience to see it come through?

Yes planting anything takes patience, which is why I want to encourage you not to give up on your labor that may seem in vain today. Give your seeds time to grow. Give it months and give it years.

I’ve had to do that with this blog and my YouTube channel. Especially with Youtube sometimes I would get really discouraged because of low views and hardly any feedback. Then one day I watched a YouTube beginner advice video and the guy said give it eight months. At first I thought eight months is a long time to not see much fruit from what I’m doing today, but I kept at it any. Now months and years later I do see fruit! It makes me glad that I didn’t give up even when the only one encouraging me to keep going was God Himself.

So as you are laboring and planting good seeds consider the time. Be patient like the planter who knows that for everything there is a season. For in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9 NKJV).

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What Really Matters: A Moment of Reflection

Here we are in this beautiful Spring season of 2020. The birds are chirping, the sun shines longer, and the flowers are blooming. Yet one day while praying in my closet I looked up at my recent additions and sighed. I saw the summer jumpsuits, floral spring tops, and light green shorts. I had plans to wear them to concerts, weddings, and fairs. But with the coronavirus pandemic impacting our world, the clothes and my plans didn’t matter as much.

I was reminded of how fragile we are and how temporary everything on earth really is. I started praising God that my hope and joy was anchored in more than earthly things that can perish.

This is highlighted from my very first blog “100 Things To Be Grateful For”. In times like these it’s good to revisit the many things to be grateful for. I looked at my list today and found mostly everything still applies. Some things will change due to circumstances, but the things of God are eternal. I encourage you too to reflect on what really matters and write things to be grateful for. Always keep some intangible things in mind that can’t be taken away. Like joy, peace, faith, and a song in your heart.

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Write Where You Are: Journaling With God

In the last blog I talked about all of us having a story. Well the best way to capture a story is to write it down. That is where journaling comes in. Becoming one who regularly journals has been one of the best things I could ever do. I see the fruit of it and the beauty in it. So below I listed a few of my favorite reasons to journal.

To Dream and Imagine

Never underestimate the power of simple paper and pen. It can lead to books being written, songs being made, or business blueprints being birthed. But it starts with writing it down. Journal the visions and dreams that God gives you.

Remember your journal is a place to be free. It’s a place to think outside of the box. I know some dreams are so big and different from what you do in everyday life that the people closest to you might discourage you if they knew. Seek God for wisdom on who to share with and when to share. Sometimes your dreams may need to be a secret for a while, but don’t you forget about them. Continue to journal the process of seeing them come true. All the work, blood, sweat, tears, and milestones. That’s something that you’re gonna want look back on.

To See Your Heart

When I journal I like to do it in silence. I think it’s best to journal with no distractions like TV or a cell phone because then you can hear your own thoughts clearer, and even the voice of God speaking to you. As I sit in a quiet room I get to evaluate what’s really going on in my heart whether good or bad.

Getting to the center of what’s going on in our hearts can be like peeling the many layers of an onion. Journaling helps every matter of the heart to come to the surface so you can see it. Every hope, disappointment, temptation, worry, doubt, appreciation, celebration, revelation, frustration, inspiration, and more your journal can hold. An added bonus to journaling is the more we self reflect the easier it becomes to empathize and show mercy to others.

To See God (In Your Life and Others)

Now probably my most favorite reason of all to journal is to see God in my life. I marvel at how amazing God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are. God is always there working in our lives, but when we don’t stop to think about it then we can easily forget or take things for granted.

When I make time to journal that is time I am intentionally stopping everything else to reflect on what God is doing in my life and the lives of others. It’s also a great time to read the Bible since all the distractions are off. I especially love to journal as the sun sets. I grab my journal, bible, pen, and highlighter. I also take my guitar or keyboard with me and just enjoy quiet time with God.

Over the years I’ve written down as many details as I can because I never want to forget how God has always been there for me. If you’re reading this and you’ve never journaled directly to God then I encourage you to do it sometimes. Write down your prayers, questions, gratefulness, etc. Write in every season through highs and lows. Because one day as you’re reading your old journals you’re gonna be glad you captured what you did. What you write today will one day encourage you and strengthen your faith in the future. This is the beauty of journaling with God!


The Story I’ll Tell

Last year on December 31, 2018 I titled my journal entry “The Story I’ll Tell”. You see every time we go into a new year we never really know everything that is going to happen. We can plan and expect but life tends to throw curve balls at us every time.

Now a year later my oh my do I have a story to tell! It’s a beautiful story of God’s faithfulness and love for me. A story of all my mess ups and all His grace for me. A story of me stepping out onto the water and Him not letting me go under.

The beautiful thing is every person has a unique story to tell. But will we embrace the story that God is writing in our life? No matter how that story plays out it is ours and God wants to get the glory from it. We should find comfort in knowing that no matter our story God never means for any of us to go through it alone. We have God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit helping us along the way.

So today journal and thank God in advance for the story you’ll tell in 2020. Write down your hopes, vision, and concerns. Throughout the year keep writing in your journal. Be detailed. Write the highs and the lows. The sad and the funny. Write as much as you can so at the end you can look back and remember accurately your unique story with God.

Movie and a Message: Harriet Tubman Movie

Today I saw the movie Harriet. I haven’t left a movie feeling this way in a long time. It was absolutely amazing and so inspiring to me. Like many I didn’t know much about her story until recently. My mom is a history teacher so prior to seeing the movie I asked her about some facts that they don’t typically share in school. She was very enthusiastic about sharing what she knew about Harriet Tubman.

Still after watching the movie I learned so much more. I saw the human side to this legendary figure of strength and bravery. I saw her “why” and her “how”. Her why was the love that she had for her family and her disgust for the immoral system called slavery. Her how was her faith in God along with the many Abolitionists and kind hearted people who helped her along the way.

So while this movie did cover a wide range of events and themes I wanted to write about the wisdom Reverend Samuel Green shared with Harriet in the movie. Before her first journey to freedom on her own she visited Rev. Green at the church that night and he basically told her always remember “Fear is my enemy. Trust God.”

Fear Is My Enemy

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

The spirit of fear is our enemy because it comes from our enemy, which is Satan. Fear can make us doubt and doubt can lead to double- mindedness. I can imagine Rev. Green saying this to Harriet was very important because on her journey to freedom she couldn’t afford to be indecisive. Even when circumstances around her or other people tried to persuade her to give up and change her mind she wouldn’t. Harriet was resolute in her pursuit of freedom for herself, her family, and the masses that were enslaved in America.

Trust God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 NKJV

When you have complete trust and faith in God, there is no limit to what He can do in and through you. Harriet trusted God above everything else. She valued the dreams, visions, and directions that He gave her. She prayed to God a lot and asked that he would make her strong and able to fight because fighting against slavery isn’t easy.

Harriet listened to the promptings of God like it was life or death for her and the people with her because it really was. Thanks to Harriet valuing the voice of God and listening to it she never lost a passenger while on the underground railroad. Her story is truly remarkable and God gets the glory through it all.

Trust The Process: No Experience Is Wasted

Have you ever asked yourself the question why am I here? Not like the why am I alive questions. I’m talking about the why am I at this job kind of questions that we ask ourselves from time to time. Because for many of us staying in one place too long can make us restless. This is especially true when God has put a vision or dream in your heart and you thought by now you would have seen it come true. Well today I want to encourage you to trust the process because with God no experience is wasted.

The Job and The Dream

I was reminded of this truth while watching “Hitsville: The Making of Motown” documentary. As a music lover I am fascinated by all things Motown. And as Berry Gordy shared the story of how it all began it brought me encouragement and confirmation. God always has a greater plan at work than what we can see.

When we see a regular job, God sees a lesson that we can learn. Berry Gordy said it was while he was on the assembly line working at Ford Motor Company that he started perfecting his skill of writing songs. And not only that, but it was while working his 9 to 5 that he got the assembly line process that he based his Motown company on.

This is the same Motown that changed the sound of music in America forever and brought us incredible artists like The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and many more. But it all started with a man who had to go through the process of putting in work at a “regular job”.

So don’t despise the days of small beginnings. Don’t despise the process and path God has you on. The truth is the more you complain, the longer you will stay in the place you so disparately want to out grow.

I can relate to the desire to move forward and do something more fulfilling. I’m here with you. And whenever I find myself becoming discontent I have to reevaluate my perspective. As I do that it always leads me back to where is my hope and who/what am I delighting in? So check out my recent post because delighting in the Lord will help you make it through the process.

What Does It Mean To Delight In The Lord?

To delight in the Lord means to find great pleasure in Him. Think of all the earthly things we delight in like significant others, our favorite foods, sports, and much more. Then imagine a thousand times more pleasure and adoration in the Lord. That kind of reverence and joy in the Lord is truly beautiful.

It reminds me of the kind of zeal and love we have for God when we first come to the realization of who He is and all He has done for us. When I rededicated my life to God back in 2015 I said something that I will never forget. I said “God I won’t be happy without You in my life”. Now with more time and life experiences I know that to be true. Because I’ve been down the road of the pursuit of happiness, but in the end God it always led me back to You.

We must remember that this world is temporary. And while it’s fine to find great pleasure in earthly things, we should never make anything or anyone on this earth our everything. It would be foolish to attach all of our worth and identity to anything on this earth because nothing and no one here lasts forever.

I wrote a song before titled “You Are My Everything” but I wasn’t talking about God, I was talking about a person. An ex-boyfriend. The lyrics went like this:

I wrote that song from a broken place before I gave my life back to God. Now I can say with certainty that I will never be able to write a song like that about a person ever again. I can say that confidently because now I’ve had a heart change. Now God is the center of my joy and I write love songs for Him.

So what does it mean to delight in the Lord? It means that above anything or anyone that He is your greatest pleasure. That you make nothing else an idol before Him. And when you truly delight in the Lord then no matter what circumstances the world throws your way your spirit will not be broken and your hope will not be lost because the Lord is the center of your joy.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 NKJV

Managing Our Thought Life

Sometimes our thoughts can really do a number on us. I liken it to cars on the highway. Some thoughts zoom in and out of our minds like speeding cars. Then there are the other kind of thoughts that like broken down cars on the side of the road, they tend to linger in our mind. They over stay there welcome although the negative thoughts were never really welcomed. They pull over on our territory without asking for permission.

Since our mind is our territory we have the ultimate say so on what stays and what has to go. The truth is most of us aren’t walking in our authority enough. We have been given the authority by God to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV).

To combat our thoughts we have to use our mouth. That’s why it’s perfectly normal to talk to yourself ,encourage yourself, pray out loud and read the Bible out loud. Acknowledge that those thoughts are there and expose them. You can expose those negative thoughts in private with you and God or you can talk with family, a friend, or wise counsel at your local church.

The most important thing is that those negative thoughts do not stay in your mind. So treat those bad thoughts like a broken down car in your territory. Call the tow truck man (aka Jesus) because those thoughts aren’t welcomed in your mind anymore.

Give God’s Way A Chance

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

– Proverbs 16:9 NKJV

Have you ever happily stepped out on faith only to later start having doubts and thinking of your own plan B, C, and D? Every thing is exciting in the beginning, but then all of a sudden things start getting REAL really quick. We could have literally stepped out on faith for something on January 1st only to start freaking out by January 7th and thinking of another way to do what God said that makes sense to us.

I’m sure many of us have been there before, and one day when I was freaking out a small still voice said to me “You haven’t even given God’s way a chance.” And it made me pause because it was true. It reminded me of the movie Fire Proof when the main character was doing a Love Dare to win his wife back. He was impatient and half way following the instructions of the dare, and was wondering why it wasn’t working. The man’s wise father told him to give the Love Dare a chance for real and actually finish it and see it through. To put his all into it withholding nothing.

So today I want to give that message to you, to give God’s way a fair chance. Don’t be so quick to throw in the towel. Continue to persevere. Our God works in mysterious ways. We may not always know the how’s and the when’s, but we can rest in knowing that God is faithful to fulfill His promises to us in due time.