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Take It To The Lord In Prayer

Some things we have not because we ask not. When we have a Friend who’s there.

Take It To The Lord In Prayer -Nolan Williams Jr

When I first started my blog I always wanted to share the lessons I’m learning in life. Well taking life’s burdens to the Lord in prayer has been a most valuable lesson to me over the years. I have seen it make a difference in my life and the lives of others around me. In fact the song “Take It To The Lord In Prayer” is one of my favorite songs.

Even recently my job has gone through many changes in policies and leadership. As months went by I started to stress out about the future and became more and more discontent. I was feeling a lot and thinking a lot, but was holding it all in. Occasionally I would vent to family or friends, which only relieved me for the moment. Then one evening alone in my room I said what was on my mind and in my heart. Finally speaking everything I felt and worried about, I stopped talking to myself and acknowledged that God is there. I started praying to Him and that made all the difference.

After praying to God my soul felt lighter for one. I had a new perspective and the things that used to bother me didn’t bother me as much anymore. In fact my circumstances at work haven’t changed much, but I have. When the song says “some things you have not because you ask not” don’t limit it to tangible things only. In life our surroundings are not always gonna change because we want them to or pray for them to be better. Sometimes we have to endure and appreciate the intangible things that our Father in heaven give us. He gives freely if we would just ask. Intangible things that He gives and that the world can’t take away. Things like peace, joy, wisdom, and understanding. I don’t know what burdens you are carrying, but I suggest taking it to the Lord in prayer.

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Sometimes You Need To Celebrate Your Victories!

When is the last time you’ve celebrated the growth in you? Do you even recognize how immense that growth is? Recently a one year old reminded me how important it is to celebrate the victories in your life no matter the size.

I have a niece now and she is learning how to walk. Lately we could tell that she had seeds of fear in her most likely due to the few times she has tried to walk and fell in the process. The brave little girl we already knew her to be became very cautious and didn’t want to stray too far from what was safe and comfortable to her. She stayed close to the couch and her walker. She wouldn’t move unless she had a hand or finger to hold on to. It’s like a bird that is ready to fly and the only thing stopping him is himself. The thoughts in his own mind.

Well this Easter Sunday my niece walked on her own! She was leaning on her walker in the middle of the room and suddenly decided she wanted to go to the couch. She looked back for my mom’s hand, but my mom stepped back. Then she saw her walker wouldn’t serve her in where she wanted to go so she let go of that too, and wobbled a little bit before gaining her balance. Next thing we knew she walked straight to the couch and once she got there she clapped and made a joyful noise. She clapped at her own accomplishment before anyone else did. Even as a baby she knew the progress she had made.

Celebrate Your Victories and Growth!

Sometimes in life we need to celebrate our victories and growth too without waiting for the praise and approval of others. Everyone does not know why you have a reason to celebrate. Everyone does not know where you started or what you have been through. Only you know your public and private battles. And especially only you know your private victories before the public ones even come to the surface.

When I think about the growth in myself I think about the goodness of God. Our God is in the growing business. Growth is inevitable and it is something to celebrate! We are suppose to grow in wisdom, love, kindness, patience, joy, courage, mercy, generosity, understanding and much more.

Don’t be discouraged if growth is not coming as quick as you thought it would. It is better to have that deep kind of spiritual growth that is lasting. Stay faithful and you will become wiser, stronger, and better. I like that word better which means a more excellent and effective type of quality. Fully transformed and renewed. Much like that tree the bible speaks of that is planted by the waters and spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV).Praise God for the kind of internal growth that goes so deep within us. Praise God for the victories in our lives!

Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:5-8 NKJV

Edited 4/15/2021

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Work Today For Tomorrow: A Prudent Steward

While you’re working today are you considering tomorrow? Sure we are not promised tomorrow, but being prudent is something to be valued. Being mindful of how our choices today can affect our future tomorrow.

Lately I have found myself working after work. After my day job I work on creative projects that I am passionate about. One night after work I seemingly started and completed a project in one setting. But the truth is that’s not the case at all. Much like the process of building a house, I had to do some ground work.

That project wasn’t imagined, created, and completed in one day. It is the combination of work from days, weeks, months, and years past. And that night all that work proved to be useful and it came together oh so beautifully.

So today lay down some ground work no matter how small it may seem. Keep working like laying brick on top of brick. Then before you know it you would have completed your task or achieved your goal too. And you’ll see the work you put in today was well worth it.

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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.