Teachers would say, “Keep your eyes on your paper.” God is saying, “Keep your eyes on your journey.” Don’t worry about how fast others get through their test. Stay focused, that’s how YOU get through it. You can’t see the road ahead of you if you’re looking at the one beside you or behind you. It’s not about when you arrive. What matters most is that you complete the mission. This is not a competition of speed, it’s a race of endurance. #stayfocused #goodmorning

Proverbs 4:25, 27 (CEV)

“Keep looking straight ahead, without turning aside.”
“Don’t make a mistake by turning to the right or the left.”

Time to lay those burdens down-
Aren’t you tired of carrying them around-
Aren’t you weary of overthinking-
What if I told you, you can conquer those demons-
What if I told you that you aren’t alone-
What if I told you that your house could be my home-
all you have to do is let me in-
and the fears, anxieties and pain will end-
I’m not promising you that life will be problem free-
but I promise you that in me, you’ll always have perfect peace-
I will always love you and I will never leave-
I will answer every call, you can always count on me-
I just want you to know that you’re not in this by yourself-
so cast your cares on me, and let me your present help.

***Hope this poem serves as a source of encouragement for anyone going through and just needs a mental break. I love you but God loves you more. Never forget that! ❤️

Keep encouraging yourself. Just as we need food for our physical bodies, we need the Word of God to keep us going spiritually and mentally as well. Speaking the Word over your life and your family’s life isn’t a one time thing, do it daily, several times a day. Fight with the Word. Don’t think because you speak something once, you won’t ever have to face another challenge, struggle or difficulty. You must keep fighting with the Word. Get it down in your spirit, so that when trouble comes, you will not fold, but you’ll have something solid to stand on. No matter how many times you fall and no matter how how often you have to fight, don’t give up! In the end, you win! You may not win every battle, but the war is already won, because of Jesus! To God be the glory! In Jesus name. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

It’s important to stay focused on God, because if you don’t, ANYTHING can trigger you! You don’t want to be someone who’s emotionally unstable, you want to be someone who’s of sound mind at all times, and someone whose thoughts are governed by the Holy Spirit. So, in order to have that perfect peace in the midst of chaos, you must hold fast to God’s Word. You must believe God’s Word, no matter how you feel or how things look. The enemy will have you look at everything that’s gone wrong in your life. His job is to keep you focused on what you lack, or focused on your failures and disappointments. His job is to allow keep you focused on other people’s blessings, so that you forget to count your own! When you focus on the wrong things, you’ll feel defeated, unfavored and alone. These are reasons that God wants our undivided attention, at all times, because we are not alone! We are more than conquerors and His grace is sufficient! God knows that glorifying our problems and not Him, will cause us to become lost in our feelings and perceptions, instead of walking in the Spirit of Truth. So, focus on God! Another way to stay focused, is to have a heart of gratitude! Praise God at all times. In the good, the bad and the ugly, because you know that all things are working for your good! The Word of God says, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Philippians 4:6-7 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Thanksgiving is an act of faith! Whether you are thankful for the blessings you’ve already received or you’re giving God thanks for the blessings you’re about to walk into. When you thank God, you’re acknowledging that your blessings comes from Him! You’re saying, “Jesus, I trust you with my life.” So, stay focused on God, and always have a heart of gratitude and that’s how you overcome the tests and trials of life and keep what you go through, from getting on the inside of you! For more insight, listen and subscribe to my podcast. It’s available on Anchor, Spotify, and many more. Click the link below! Blessings!
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As a child, we played outside. Rarely got bored, and if we did, we were creative. We made up games, and found a way to stay active. Kids nowadays, have all kinds of cool gadgets and technology to keep them occupied, but they still get bored. I’m like, you have twelve things going on! How are you bored? Go outside! When I say go outside, it’s as if I’m speaking a foreign language. The sad news is, many adults are sitting around bored every single day, just like they’re a kid. They have a lot of nothing going on… just like a kid. When a person gets bored, it’s really their soul saying, “I need to be filled.” If you want to combat boredom, you must think outside the box of your comfort zone. I think people, both adults and kids would rather combat boredom by being entertained, rather than putting in work, but it shouldn’t always be this way. There’s nothing wrong with being entertained, but it is something wrong with not being fruitful. Boredom should be thought of as an alarm telling you to get to work. Not on your job, but on your purpose. If you don’t know your purpose yet, work on your hobbies and things you’re passionate about, and your purpose will find you. We can’t make the most of the present opportunity God has given us by doing things for entertainment purposes only. We need a healthy balance. Don’t do anything just to waste time. Time is precious. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back, so do everything with a purpose, even if the purpose at that moment is to rest, because resting is also important. Rest, but don’t get lazy. Do what you love but keep others in mind and share your gift. That’s where purpose comes in. Don’t do it for you and you alone, because you’ll still feel bored and incomplete. God put us here to help each other by using the gifts He has entrusted us with. Find ways to combat boredom in ways that are beneficial to you, your family and your community. Most importantly, combat boredom in ways that glorify God, because we’ve all heard the saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” So, whatever you do, keep God first. If the things you’d normally resort to when you are bored, aren’t beneficial… stop doing it. You can do without it, even if it’s entertaining. You don’t want temporary pleasure, you want fruit that will last. Ask God how can you use your gifts to serve Him better? He will show you. Old habits die hard though, so you must be willing to give up your old ways. The key is, not to become idle. Work diligently, everyday, and I’m not talking about your nine to five, I’m talking about working your purpose! After all, that’s why we’re really here. ❤️

Ephesians 5:16

Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

John 11:40

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

But, Lord?

Before I say anything, let me just say, Go read John 11. It’s powerful. It will change your perspective about many things and it will change your life. I’m going to touch on a few verses out of this chapter and hopefully help someone who’s feeling hopeless, disappointed or confused. This post is for those who can’t make sense of their current situation, and are finding themselves saying, “But, Lord.” “But, Lord, it’s too late.” “But, Lord, I don’t understand.” “But, Lord, why? … BUT… LORD.
You know what the Lord’s response is? The same response He gave Martha. “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Like Martha, sometimes we see a dead end situation, but like Lazarus, Jesus can bring what was once dead, to life. All hope isn’t lost. Sometimes, we experience things that we have no control over, so that we will see the power of God. These things happen not to rob of us our faith, but to increase our faith. The same good God who is with us in the good times is also the good God who’s with us in the bad times. Different levels of our lives requires different levels of faith. You still have the same faith, just on a larger scale. One season may only require you to believe God for a sweet pea, another season may require you to believe Him for Lobster and steak (figuratively speaking of course). John 11:6 says, “So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.” Have you ever been in an urgent situation and God took His time? That’s because He already knows the outcome, just like He knew Lazarus sickness wouldn’t end in death. In John 11:11, Jesus said that Lazarus had fallen asleep, and He was going to wake him. His disciples thought He meant natural sleep, so Jesus clarified that Lazarus was dead, but like Jesus said, that sickness wouldn’t end in death. This could easily confuse one who uses human logic instead of spiritual discernment. We look at things from a physical perspective but we must get in the habit of seeing things from a spiritual standpoint. God promises are true. If He says, be obedient and you’ll become the lender and not the borrower, believe Him, even if you only have two cents in your bank account. Remember, that is not your end, remain obedient. If He has told you that He’s going to heal you, believe Him, no matter what the doctor’s report says. Do what you can to maintain your health and let God do the rest. Get a second opinion, third if you have to. You don’t have to receive anything God hasn’t spoken over your life. It’s all about what you believe. God may not come when you want Him to, but He is always on time. You may go through some things and you may not understand, and wonder why He allowed it, but it’s working for your good. Nothing is too hard for God, and He wants us to know that in any situation “I AM.” He alone is God. In John 11:23, Jesus told Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha’s response was, she know that Lazarus would rise again in the resurrection on the last day. Then Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” Key words, I AM. Look to Him, folks. Ask God for understanding when He speaks to you, because His mind is infinite and our minds are limited and easily distracted. When things don’t manifest according to our timing, we easily begin to think there’s a disconnection between us and God, or we think that there was some form of miscommunication. It wasn’t either of these things. You heard right. What you’re going through is a test of your faith, but God never disappoints. Believe, and you will see the power of God.

Can is a mindset, just like can’t. If you believe you can’t, you’ll make an excuse not to, and you can be certain that nothing will ever change for you. When you have an “I can” mindset, then your past, present situations, difficulties or odds stacked against you doesn’t matter, because your mindset is focused, committed come hell or high water, and you’re unstoppable. There was a man in the Bible who wanted Jesus to heal his possessed son. The man said to Jesus, “If you can, take pity on us and help us (Mark 9:22).” Listen to what Jesus said in response, Mark 9:23, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Listen, I want you to pay attention because if you believe it, you can achieve it. God can do anything, but you must believe that you can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). I may burst some bubbles, but the reason you may not have whatever you desire at the moment, is because you’ve been going around with an “I can’t mindset.” You’ve been limiting yourself based off your family history, your past relationships, current circumstances, personal struggles, and comfort zones. 🗣 COME OUT OF “I CAN’T”‼️ Jesus also said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12 Look people, if God said you could, then you can. It’s all a matter of removing the mindset of “I can’t” which comes from the the demonic duo or evil twins (is what I call them) of doubt and fear. The reason I say this is because doubt and fear works together. If the enemy can get you to doubt God, he can get you to fear him. If he can get you to doubt yourself (even though the power of God dwells in you), he can get you to fear change or the future, therefore causing you to remain in your comfort zone, being fruitless. I’ve said this many times and I will say it many more, “If you change your mindset, it will change your life.”

Let’s face it folks. The things we go through in life aren’t always good. However, God can be trusted, and His Word says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).” We go through things unforeseen. We go through things we don’t understand or dislike. Our situations change. Circumstances get in the way, but even in the midst of all these things, the Word of God tells us, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:28)?” Your situation may have changed, but God is still good, still faithful and still God. It is a mistake to assume that just because our situations change, God changed along with it, or God is no longer with us. God is still with you. He is not intimidated by our problems. It is an opportunity for us to dig dipper in our faith and trust Him to do what humans deem impossible. Nothing is impossible for God. He is the great I AM! This means everything you need HE IS! We must walk by faith and not by sight. The things we go through in life cannot prevent you from becoming who God created you to be. If He chose you before the foundations of the world, then no matter what life throws your way, you are victorious! Don’t allow your situation to put God in a itty bitty box based on your problems and your capabilities. God is much bigger than your problems and His power goes way beyond human capabilities. He can be trusted. So trust Him, despite tests, trials, bad times, sad times, or confusing moments. Don’t give up on Him. Hold true to His Word. You won’t be in the situation you’re in forever, but you must have faith and receive His strength to help you move on and forward. He is the everlasting God. He is the God who doesn’t change. No matter what you go through, continue to look to Him. Stop looking around and look up! Looking around only causes anxiety, but looking up gives you a peace that surpasses all understanding. Stay solid in your faith! No matter what your situation says, our God can be trusted to come through on His promises. What you go through isn’t your truth, the Word that God has spoken over your life is! Believe it, receive it and walk in it! In Jesus name. ❤️

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We have to be really aware of our actions. All too often we do things without really thinking about what we’re doing, or at least we fail to think of the outcome or consequence. We may be doing something that seems totally harmless to us, but just because it doesn’t affect us doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect the world around us, or the people closest to us. Let’s be more conscious of what we do. If a thought pops into our heads, let’s not act on it unless it pleases God. Instead of acting out our feelings, let’s live a lifestyle of truth. A lifestyle of worship to our Lord and our God.

Prayer: Father God, help me to be on guard at all times. Remaining watchful and in prayer. Help me to be loving, kind and humble despite the situation. Speak through me Jesus, I don’t want to speak or live my life in vain. In Jesus name. Amen.

Matthew 26:41

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

One of the things I’ve learned in life is to be yourself. All too often we go through things and become a victim of our environment or circumstances. We love and get our hearts broken, then we become a savage. Someone treats us badly at church and we give up on going to any church. We work our behinds off on a job and get no acknowledgment, and instead of getting a promotion, the person who puts in the least amount effort or work gets it. When this happens, we think, what’s the point? Our perception of other people becomes jaded and we don’t put one hundred percent of ourselves into the relationship, job, church or community as we did before. Instead of being ourselves, we say, “I’m going to be like them. This way I won’t get my heart broken, or I’ll get the promotion, or all the people at church will like me, or I’ll get tens of thousands of social media followers. Listen, don’t be like them, be like you. God knew what He was doing when He made you, so be yourself and let Him amplify you! You don’t want to be like other people because you don’t know their full story. You don’t know what they had to sacrifice. You don’t know what they loss. You don’t know their struggle. You don’t know any of what they’ve been through that caused them to become who they are. However, you do know your life experiences and those things are meant to bring out the God in you, not the you in you, and definitely not the “them” in you. So be yourself. Keep being honest. Keep being kind, loving and generous. Learn from your mistakes, don’t become a victim of “them” whoever they may be…