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November 2018

Some Will Say You Failed: Persevering in Every Season

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” – Psalm 37:3 NKJV

In life everyone has their own perspective on what failure means. Likewise, everyone has their own view of what success truly is. One day I watched an interview with Priscilla Chan (pediatrician, philanthropist, and wife of Mark Zuckerberg). The interviewer questioned Priscilla on an initiative that her and her husband invested a lot into financially. Priscilla spoke positively about the things they have accomplished with the initiative, however the interviewer mentioned that some would say their efforts were a failure.

Today I want to encourage you to keep going. Sometimes what the world sees as a failure, God sees as a success. Don’t feed into the lies that the positive strides you’re making is insignificant or a waste of effort, money, and time. Some may say you failed, but at least everyone will be able to say you tried! The world needs more people who will step up even if it seems foolish to the majority.

In the interview Priscilla also mentioned that their investments would take years and even decades to see the full benefits. So often people call something a failure prematurely. Practice patience. Just because we put a seed in the ground doesn’t mean a tree is going to spring up over night. It’s easier said than done, but trust in the Lord and continue to do good. Do not despise small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). Also know that if ever you do fall or “fail” that God can always take our “failures” and turn them around for our good and the good of others.

Devotional Playlist:

It Ain’t Over- Maurette Brown Clark

You Are For Me – Kari Jobe

Way Maker – Sinach

 

 

 

Renew A Steadfast Spirit Within Me

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” – Psalm 51:10 NKJV

This month the phrase “Steadfast Spirit” has really been standing out to me. Some synonyms for the word steadfast include devoted, dependable, faithful, loyal, and solid. Clearly the word steadfast is so powerful and the thought of having a steadfast spirit is amazing. The key to having a steadfast spirit is intimacy with God and obedience.

So today let’s do a heart check. How devoted are you to God and His will for your life? Are you a dependable servant in the eyes of the Lord? Be transparent with God and ask Him to clean your heart and renew a steadfast spirit within you. When you fall short get back up and try again. The important thing is that we press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14-15 KJV).

Steadfast Spirit

Devotional Playlist:

God’s On Your Side – Mississippi Mass choir

I’m Available – Rev. Milton Brunson

Better – Jonathan McReynolds

 

Making A Prayer List For Your Future Husband

The topic of making a list for what a women desires in a husband has been around for years. Some people may think it’s crazy, but I’ve learned that if done right it can be a helpful guide in the spousal selection process. As Christian women we do not have to date around aimlessly like the women of the world. We have the Holy Spirit who leads us, Jesus Christ as our example, and the Word of God as our guide and standard.

Too often Christian women find themselves in the same predicament as the women of the world. We make poor choices and forget that we have the one and only all knowing God on our side. God cares about who we marry because the marriages that God ordains have purpose. God desires godly offspring (Malachi 2:15). God expects the husband and the wife to serve His kingdom and bring glory to His name. We have to stop only thinking about the short term and instead think of the generations to come.

I have pursued relationships by following the way of the world through movies, TV, and music. That path always led me to confusion, unnecessary heartbreak, and regret. But when I surrendered everything to God, He began to show me who I am and shared intimate secrets of the things to come. That includes downloading into me certain qualities that my god ordained husband will possess. I’m not talking about a carnal list that we make on a whim in our immaturity. I’m talking about a list (journal entry) that is God breathed and Spirit led that only comes from intimacy with God.

Tips Before The List:

  • Get Close to God First

Having an intimate relationship with God is so crucial as we navigate our daily lives. As a single person you have more free time to spend with God than a married woman who has to tend to her husband and possibly children. Take advantage of this single season and spend quality time with God. Study the bible and meditate on His words day and night. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) so be intentional with your time.

  • Know Who You Are

It seems many people spend a lifetime trying to figure out who they really are. Generally we are more in tune with who we really are as children than when we grow into adulthood. During childhood we have pure hearts and believe anything we want to become is possible. There’s no limit to our imaginations. As you become closer to God you will also learn more about yourself.  We all have a purpose, and God will show you the best way for you to fulfill yours. Your unique gifts may come through music, cooking, engineering, construction, home decor, teaching, etc.

Whatever you do please don’t fall into the trap that your identity is only through who you marry. When you come before God on judgement day you will stand alone. Bringing up everything your husband accomplished is not going to help you. It’s important to know who God created you to be now. Knowing your purpose and your own strengths and weaknesses will allow you to better discern what man would be a complementary match for you.

Tips For Making The List:

  • Use the Bible as your guide and standard

As Christian women the Bible should be our go to resource for everything including relationships. Take godly characteristics from the Bible and add them to your list. What are some qualities that God delights in? For example having a contrite (repentant) heart and a steadfast spirit. Our husbands should be followers of Jesus Christ and not one who simply wears the Cross or has it tattooed but has no real reverence or relationship with God. Study up on the fruits or the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). No one is perfect but a person who is walking by the Spirit over the flesh will have the fruit of the Spirit on their tree.

  • Be Specific

I was always taught to be specific with my prayers. Ask for whatever you desire in prayer and have faith that it is yours (Mark 11:24 NIV). Read Matthew 7: 7-12. As you become closer to God your desires will become His desires. I can testify to that because in high school I was not desiring a godly man. We tend to want the bad boy and lean more toward the lukewarm side. Then over time as you grow in your spiritual walk you will desire a man who has had a true heart change and mind change. So pay attention to the desires in your heart no matter how small or silly you may think they are.

I Made the List Now What?

So now you have written down in some form or fashion what you desire in your future husband. Now it’s time to wait it out and let God do what He is gonna do. During this time get to work on building your character. Become the best version of you. Continue your intimate relationship with God and get busy on the assignments God has already given you. Pray for your future husband whenever the Spirit leads you to do so. Be patient because God’s timing is not our own, and be flexible because changes in our plans can happen. Most of all stay encouraged and do not worry about the “How” or the “When”. Surrender your love life to God and see first hand how faithful He is.