Last year I posted on my blog that The Chocolate Nutcracker was in town. Needless to say, I missed it. BUT this year, I will be going to see it, FINALLY!! I've heard many good things about it, so I am looking forward to it. Yay!!!
Scriptures: I Samuel 17:39: And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
Nugget: David was getting ready to fight Goliath, and King Saul felt it was only appropriate for him to be girded with the fanciest tools. But David said he couldn't go with those tools, cause "he had not proved them". Deep. Go to battle with tried and tested tools. You don't go into the deep end with materials you haven't tested; you don't launch a new product with "brand new" employees (no matter how good they supposedly are); you don't accept a role to rescue a company that is dying in an area where you have absolutely no experience; etc. Also note, you don't choose "sophisticated" tools, even when they look better than your usual tool set, so far they haven't been "proven". God help us!
Quote: "When you delay a battle, you delay your rewards." - Mike Murdock
Scriptures: I Samuel 17:33,36-37 33And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 36Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
Nugget: David was disqualified by Saul based on his "inexperience". However, it is interesting to note that at times it's not your "technical experience" that qualifies you, but your experiences with God. David was confident he could defeat Goliath because a) he could recall past victories that God had enabled b) he knew based on covenant that Goliath should be defeated because he was defying God's army.
We need to be like David and learn to trust God more. First, locate the promise of God that speaks to our situation; and secondly, recall God's faithfulness in previous situations and build up our faith and assure ourselves that if God did it then, he can surely do it again.
Quote: "What you say determines what God is willing to do for you." - Mike Murdock
Scriptures: I Samuel 16:6-7 6And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him. 7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Nugget: Amusing that even Samuel, a discerning prophet, was found guilty of making judgement based solely on outward appearances. We must pray for grace and discernment to see the way God sees - which is not on the outward appearance, but on the heart. How do you know what is in the heart? The Bible says out of the abundance of the heart, a man speaketh. Listen....listen closely.
Quote: "Patience is the weapon that forces deception to reveal itself." - Mike Murdock
Time definitely waits for no one! This year is almost over & I still have so much to get done! LOL, yes gotta stay on the grind to accomplish more goals. But I'm learning that taking a break is a good thing as well :)
So with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming upon us, I hope that we all put time aside to rest, relax, & spend time with family & friends. Of course, a moment to yourself is not bad from time to time!
I've definitely learned not to take good things & people for granted. We must keep this in mind as time goes on. I think this time of the year makes us reflect on all of these things. To be grateful, to know that we are blessed in spite of how things may seem, to know that everything will be okay. The list goes on.
So as this year is getting away from us, don't live each day without being different or doing something different than you did yesterday! Today is our 2nd chance to get it right!!! What would you do differently today than you did yesterday???
Scriptures: I Samuel 13:11-12 11And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; 12Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
Nugget: Saul was driven to make the offering because:
a) he felt he was losing control b) things were not happening on his own time schedule c) his own estimated calculations of what would happen if he didn't act.
Sounds familiar right? We need to get comfortable in "losing control"; and not working things out according to our own reasoning; lastly, things not happening on our own time schedule. The most important thing is "did God say"? If God said, then pray for grace to endure until you obtain what He promised.
Quote: "Each act of obedience shortens the distance to any miracle you are pursuing." - Mike Murdock
Scriptures: I Samuel 13:8-10 8And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 9And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 10And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
Nugget: Samuel told Saul to wait and not make a burnt offering until he arrives. Saul waited 7 days and felt he was losing control (the people scattered from him), so he went ahead and made the offering. As soon as he made the offering, Samuel shows up. Just as it is with our lives - the minute we "give up and give in" on that thing God promised us, the long awaited thing arrives; but unfortunately we no longer qualify. We must pray for perseverance; for God to give us grace to endure and to hold out for what he has promised us - even when it looks unlikely and unrealistic - cause it's precisely at that moment, the promise will show up.
Quote: "Disobedience is always more costly than obedience" - Mike Murdock
This week's Praise Song is Smokie Norful's, "Power". It reminds us of the Power we have in the Lord!!! Utilize it!!!!
I was going through life I was carrying a heavy load Even though I wore a smile like a clown My burdens were too heavey for me to hold But now I made up my mind I ain't walking looking down at the floor Stand up and put my chin in the air Cause I gotta let the whole world know God gave me (Power!)
That makes me feel the way I do (Power!) Listen you can feel the same way too (Power!) When I couldn't make it God showed me how (Power!) Point to yourself and say I'm alright now
I'm reminded of the day When I thought I would loose my mind My head was spinning like a merry-go-round Felt like I was running out of time Now I made up my mind ain't living this way no more Stand up, put my chin in the air
That makes me feel the way I do (Power!) Listen you can feel the same way too (Power!) When I couldn't make it God showed me how (Power!) Point to yourself and say I'm alright now
For those who feel like giving up and the enemy is defeating you I brought some news from glory y'all, Jesus gave you that same power too! I'm talkin' 'bout that Holy Ghost power
Power, to chase my blue skies away Power, to see the sun on a rainy day Power, to feel good when I should be crying Power, to live when everybody else is dying Power, to make you walk right Power, to make you talk right
You can make it, you can make it Sho' nuff y'all can make it (Repeat)
Scripture: Proverbs 9:6 Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding. (NIV)
Nugget: Learn to use good judgment - so apparently we are not born with this stuff, it's something we learn - we get it from regular usage, from practice. That's encouraging because it means it's not like we are born with this stuff - so a one shot thing, either we get it or we don't get it; it's not just reserved for certain types of people; or for certain ages; or for 'wise men', etc. But it shows that we can ALL have it - it's a learned skill. Even the most 'simple' person today, can become the 'wise man' of tomorrow.
Quote: Advisors are everywhere; but you need to pursue the qualified and not the available - Mike Murdock
Scripture: Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Nugget: We can eliminate so many arguments and quarrels before they even start, if we would just follow the simple advice of responding with 'soft answers'. The problem however is that too many times we could care less about responding with a soft answer; we want to defend ourselves; we feel why the heck should someone speak to us in that tone in the first place; or "it's all their fault", etc.
And yes, while those reasons might be valid, the bottom line is that a 'grievous' response does not result in peace. If it's peace we want; if we want to know how to eliminate arguments before they start; if we want to be people that others can't fight with, all we need to do is respond with soft answers. It's our choice whether there would be a fight or not - cause it takes two to tango; if you refuse to fight, another person can't fight with you.
Quote: "Before I speak, I have something important to say." -Groucho Marx
Whoooo hoooo, God is good!!! Blessing me to see another year of life! I am too grateful. This past year has been a good one. There have been many lessons learned, somethings have been lost, and others added to my life. Whatever the case may be, I know that God worked it all out for my good & continues to do so!
So what do I expect this year?? To take things as they come, to appreciate each day more & more, & to finally get down the importance of rest!!! LOL Hopefully, these will be lessons learned before the next birthday :)
So here's to another year, and also importantly, another day that God has allowed me to see. Let me do Him proud!!
Scripture: Psalm 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Nugget: Anger is one of the toughest emotions to control. It is the immediate reaction to a lot of situations and occurrences in our lives. However, reacting in anger can result in some unwise and regretful decisions - and your temper will always come back to bite you in the worst possible situation. Try to think before you react in anger to the things that happen. As difficult as this may be---think then react!
Quote: "Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger." -David McKay
Scripture: Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)
Nugget: Sometimes we go through so much & need to be restored. We get to the point where we are seeking that willing spirit to do God’s will and to act in His way. Don’t lose sight of God in the midst of the storm and the on-goings of daily life. Seek God’s guidance for that willing spirit and restoration. There’s nothing wrong with asking God for help in doing this!
Quote: “When it is a question of God’s almighty Spirit, never say, ”I can’t.” -Oswald Chambers
This week's Praise Song is Maurette Brown Clark's, "It Ain't Over". A friend sent this song to me and what a powerful word it contains!! Be encouraged and know that God's in control!!!
Verse I I know the odds are stacked against you And it seems there's no way out I know the issue seems unchangeable And that there's no reason to shout But the impossible is God's chance To work a miracle, a miracle So just know
Chorus It ain't over until God says it's over It ain't over until God says it's done It ain't over until God says it's over Keep fighting until your victory is won
Verse II He never said it would be easy But you're a winner in the end Jesus defeated all your enemies Way before the fight began But the impossible is God's chance To work a miracle, a miracle So just know
Bridge When people say you can't, remember (He can, He can) When you don't know what to do, Please remember (He has the master plan) He will free you from your sin And give you peace within So hold your head up high You're gonna win (You're gonna win)
Vamp Keep fighting, keep praying, keep fasting It ain't over, no Keep pressing, progressing, keep moving It ain't over, no Keep reading, interceding, keep believing It ain't over, no Keep trusting, keep trying, keep travailing It ain't over, no Keep living, keep giving, keep going It ain't over, no (8x) Keep fighting until your victory is won
I pray that this song touches you and encourages you!
Scriptures: Genesis 2:2-3 2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Nugget: God knew the importance of rest!! After everything He completed, making the earth and all that’s in it: He rested!! Oh if we could just follow His example! Rest is so important in our lives; we must rest just like we work. God mentioned the importance of it, now we must follow His lead.
Quote: “Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.” –Ashleigh Brilliant
Scriptures: Proverbs 3:25-26 25Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Nugget: There’s nothing for us to fear with God on our side. The things that will come to those who do evil will not touch us because God protects us: continually. What do you fear? What aren’t you giving completely to God? Step back and allow God to step in!
Quote: “God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies.” –Billy Graham
Good times!!!! I've been appreciating them more & more. Spending time with friends, spending time with God, spending time meditating, enjoying the work day, & the list goes on & on!
Today I spent time with my friend & niece. What a nice afternoon to catch up & reflect. On top of this, Auntie loves her little niece!! Too cute. There's so much that we take for granted & need to take the time to look at & thank God for. The other week, I had the opportunity to sit on the porch w/ my child-cat. I haven't done that in a long time! Just to sit & relax. What a thought. LOL. Especially for me, the one who loves to be on the go!
Work is going well. I can't believe that I've been on my "new" job 9 months now!! Wow, time passes by so quickly. Things are going well there; I'm so blessed & grateful for this! My online teaching is going well too. What a first week I've had, getting acclimated to everything, but again Good Times!!!
Count all blessings, everyone! Don't take anything for granted, & take the good with the bad. There are blessings in everything. We must take the time to look at them & remember the Good Times!!!
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 3:10-11 10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. 11And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
Nugget: God had called Samuel three times prior, but it was only after Samuel said "Speak, for thy servant heareth" that He spoke. God will never force Himself on us. He is waiting for an invitation to come in. He is there; ready to go - but will never intrude. But once we invite Him, He will come in. That is why anything or anyone that is manipulative is not of God, no matter how much they call God's name. God is and always has been a God of choice and free-will.
Quote: "Every environment requires a code of conduct for entering or remaining in it." - Mike Murdock
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 3:7-9 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD : The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (NIV)
Nugget: God had called Samuel three times, but he did not recognize God's voice - so he thought it was Eli. By the third time, Eli, who knew he was not calling Samuel, perceived it is God calling this child. He was then able to advise Samuel on what to do the next time he heard the voice.
At times it takes an older and more experienced person to perceive what God is trying to do with you; to open your eyes to a situation, an opportunity, etc. Our role is to be humble enough to seek wise counsel. However, don't just listen and receive it: but do it!
Quote: "The willingness to reach births the ability to change." - Mike Murdock
Scripture: I Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.
Nugget: God is looking for faithful people. Faithful in the verse above is a man that does according to that which is in God's heart and in his mind. It means a faithful man must have both "knowledge" and "action". Knowledge - to know what is in God's heart and mind; Action - to do; to follow through.
Faithful is defined in the dictionary as: a) Strict or thorough in the performance of duty; b) true to one's word, promises, vows, etc. c) Steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant. d) Reliable, trusted, or believed.
Faithfulness creates favor. We run around looking for handouts, favors, etc; but faithfulness in all your doings will guarantee you favor with God and man.
Quote: "One day of favor is worth a thousand days of labor" - Mike Murdock
Scripture: I Samuel 2:30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
Nugget: The key to honor is to honor God - above all things; above all people. Eli was a priest of God whom God eventually rejected because he allowed his sons to commit serious transgressions in the temple (sleeping with the congregation; taking the best offerings, etc). Eli's sin was not that his sons did not walk in the way of God - after all, each man must answer to God for himself; but his sin was that he chose not to offend his sons - mildly rebuking them, versus cutting them off.
Quote: "Honor is the seed of longevity, of life or relationships." - Mike Murdock
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
Nugget: Hannah was depressed and weeping because she was barren. Her husband could not imagine why she was not satisfied, given that he loved her, treated her well, etc. He said, "am not I better to thee than ten sons"? We must learn to realize that people's rejection or desires are not about us - it's about them, and what they want - it's irrespective of you. Hannah wasn't saying her husband was better to her or worse than ten sons, but all she was saying was she wanted a child - period. Didn't matter how good or how bad her husband was; was irrespective of him. Don't be an Elkanah - try not to judge/measure yourself through people's desires or requests.
Quote: "Loneliness is not the absence of affection, but the absence of direction." - Mike Murdock
Our choir sang Hezekiah Walker's "God Favored Me" in church today. What a beautiful song! Reminds me that, no matter what, when God's hand is on me, nothing can hinder what He has coming my way!! God's favor, how amazing!!!
This is my testimony everybody, how God favored me inspite of my enemies, and if God did it for me he'll do the same thing for you. Don't worry about your haters your haters can't do nothing with you. Listen to these words
Verse 1 Love is patient, caring. Love is Kind. Love is felt most when it's genuine, but I've had my share of love, abuse, manipulated and it's strength misued, and I can't help but give you glory when I think about my story, and I know you favored me because my enemies did try but couldn't triumph over me Yes they did try but couldn't triumph over me.
I'm still here, I'm still alive, I'm still blessed, on my way to my destiny, because the favor of God is on my life. Let me tell you about love.
Verse 2 Love is patient, caring. Love is Kind. Love is felt most when it's genuine, but I had my share of love, abuse, manipulated and it's strength misued, and I can't help but give you glory, when I think about my story, and I know you favored me because my enemies did try but couldn't triumph over me Yes they did try but couldn't triumph over me.
Verse 3 They whispered, conspired, they told their lies (God favors me) My character, my integrity, my faith in God (He favors me) Will not fall, will not bend, won't compromise (God favors me) I speak life and prosperity and I speak health (God favors me) Repeat 2x
Say Yes (Yes), Yes (Yes), Yes (Yes) God favors me Say Yes (Yes), Yes (Yes), Say Yes (Yes) God favors me (God favors me) Repeat 2x
Scripture: Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Nugget: Trusting in the Lord means safety, while fearing people is a dangerous trap. This is why it’s so important to be careful who you surround yourself with, who you let speak in your life, who is a part of your life, etc. Sometimes certain people bring nothing but roadblocks to you and to your life.
You must put your trust in the Lord, no matter what’s going on: He consistently wants what’s best for you.
Quote: “I would rather make a leap of faith than a jump to conclusion.” –Cynthea Burns
October is here!! My favorite month. Not only is the weather great, but it's my birthday month! Thanking God for each day, because they aren't guaranteed! Happy birthday fellow Libras! (and Scorpios) :)
This month is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. May we pray for those battling cancer, those who have survived cancer, & those who have lost loved ones to cancer. There are also many opportunities to get involved in the events of this month. Check out things in your local area. A good site to visit is the Susan G. Komen website (http://ww5.komen.org/) for more information.
May we stay prayed up & be encouraged at all times. Another day, another gift!! Happy October.