Assignment, Evangelism, Salvation

1 Timothy 1:15

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners– of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15 NIV)

I read this verse and immediately knew what it meant. My story and the issues I have on a daily basis in my own personal life, I can use to share with others. I know the twists and turns we all experience in life, and I understand that we all are born sinners who must accept Jesus Christ and build a relationship with Him for ourselves. I have encountered people from all different walks of life and instead of judging them or avoiding them, I have decided to take the time to get to know them and listen to their life stories.

After allowing God to direct me and explain things to me, I’ve decided to complete my pursuit of a psychology degree. For what has turned into years, I have debated whether to major in education or psychology. I love children and would love to be a teacher but even more, I love getting to know people on a personal level and offering them support in the right direction. Thank God I now know the direction in which He is leading me.

I’m not afraid to admit my faults and share my story in hopes of helping someone. When I shared my life (read No Truth Without Hurt) with everyone a couple of months ago, I knew in my heart someone would be blessed. About two weeks ago, at the doctor’s office, a lady who also heard my story shared with me how she was blessed and encouraged to allow God to have His way even more in her life. That alone was a blessing to me and in return encouraged me to do the same. In order for God to speak to me and lead me in the right direction, He had to humble me. I’m so glad He did. Because he humbled me, I was able to be obedient and in return was blessed.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for YOU. Thank You for allowing Your son Jesus to come to earth and sacrifice himself for our sins. Thank You for Your reminders of who we once were and who we are now. Thank You for humility. Thank you for the courage to share our testimonies with others and possibly helping someone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to keep 1 Timothy 1:15 in mind daily.

Have you turned your tests into testimonies to share with others?


 Bettina Allen is currently working in security, with prior experience in customer service. She loves to read, write and dance. She loves God and is on a mission to be as close to Him as she possibly can. Bettina is constantly learning and growing from life’s experiences. God has given Bettina a word and she would love to share that word, along with all of the lessons He has taught her, with others. Bettina resides in Georgia and attends Life Church of Atlanta. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Compassion, Evangelism

You Can’t Save Them All

Last week my husband and I were headed out to lunch when we saw this man push a woman out of the car and onto the ground. The man sped off as she laid there crying and rubbing the bruises on her leg. We immediately pulled over, along with about 8 other members of our community, and I hopped out to help her. She was crying and almost hyperventilating, in shock at what just transpired. I myself was shocked, but I kept saying to myself, “keep it together, she’s helpless.” A few passers by called the police or chatted with my husband on the side of the road. I remember the mood at that moment. It was solemn and hopeless. It was almost empty, yet I could hear God directing me. He encouraged me to speak into her life, but more so to help the time pass, not to witness. I knelt down to her and starting speaking gently to her, allowing her to vent about the situation. I told her how she was a valuable person, just by all of the people who have literally jumped the curb or slowed down with worried looks on their faces to see if she were ok, and it was proof how valuable she is. I kept speaking kind words to her, careful not to thump the Bible; it just wasn’t the right time. She didn’t need scripture; she needed a common everyday phrase to help her up. Later the police arrived and my husband and I left. After lunch, about two hours later, we were at the gas station getting gas and what did we see? We saw the man walking in front of her carrying trash bags and her behind him as if a punished child, carrying other bags. She made eye contact with me, I smiled gently and nodded a hello and looked away.

You can’t save everybody. Some people are just not at the point to submit or will never decide to take that journey of a relationship with Christ. Situations like this can easily prompt you to be discouraged or to not speak the love of God to a stranger or friend in need again. But we have to remember, Jesus said, “If I be lifted up from the earth, I’ll draw all men to me.” (John 12:32 KJV) He didn’t ask us to save them, but to lift HIM up. He’ll do the drawing.

Don’t get discouraged if you do not see the harvest from the seeds you plant in people. In some cases our job is to only share God’s love, expecting nothing in return.

Dear Daddy,

There are so many times when you present the moment in which I have the honor to do a deed in Your name, yet I do not see the grateful receipt of the one I helped. Help me to remember that my job is to lift You up, tell people about You, and love them with Your love. Lord, I ask that when I read Your Word, that You continue to give me the wisdom of what to say and the right discernment and timing in which to share Your love. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to share God’s love anyway, without the intent of them coming to Christ in your presence or timing.

Share an experience where you planted a seed or demonstrated God’s love to someone in need.


As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “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 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.


Evangelism, Salvation


If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?  (Luke 15:4 NLT)

This Saturday I watched Abducted: The Carlina White Story on the Lifetime Channel.  It was a movie based on the actual events of an African-American baby girl being abducted from a New York hospital in 1987.  Carlina White was kept and raised by her abductor, and never knew who she was until she was becoming a mother herself.  She was reunited with her biological parents 23 years later and the story didn’t end there.  Hey, but you have to watch it to learn the rest of this true story.

Watching this movie made me sad, angry, and bewildered as to how someone could actually abduct someone else’s child, causing so much pain for the child’s loved ones.  I also reflected on the fact that there are countless men, women, and children that are missing today and their families have not yet received the words, “we have found your loved one.”  Some families will never hear those words.  It saddens my heart.

Watching Find Our Missing on the TV One channel and other shows dedicated to solving missing person cases have really caught my attention.  Not knowing if your loved one is being trafficked, walking around with no sense of who they are, or has been murdered has got to be one of the most difficult things to experience.  So, my heart goes out to the missing persons’ families.  A while ago, they had an article on African-American missing persons and I kept the article.


I pull that article, with the photos and names of the listed missing, out every now and then and I pray for each person and their families.  I don’t know whether they are alive or dead, but I want their families to have justice and closure.  I couldn’t imagine going through what those families go through and not knowing.  Their loved ones are lost.

Thinking of the missing persons helps me to remember that there are people who are also ‘lost in the world’.  There are countless people who never made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.  There are people, who if they died today, will have no closure as to whether they are going to heaven or hell and there is a way you can know for sure.

So if that is you or someone you know, know that if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)   If you sincerely believed what you read, know that you were lost and in a place where only God’s Son could free you from the reign of sin and eternal death, and you confessed this with your mouth, praise God!  We have found our loved one!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being mindful of us all.  I know You see the pain that many face regarding their missing loved ones and unsaved loved ones.  Thank You that You are omniscient and know the whereabouts of each person and the hearts of all mankind.  I thank You Lord for Your unfailing love and that You are a God of justice and hope.  I pray that You bring Your peace and justice to these families and give them Your grace to make it another day and another day and another day and not give up on receiving closure.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to pray with me for these missing persons and their families as well as our unsaved family, friends and coworkers.  If you also know someone who has a missing loved one, be there for them in how God instructs you to. 

To learn more about missing persons and how you can help please visit: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The FBI Missing Persons site

Read a related EmpowerMoment: She is Me: Lydia


Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write!  Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program.  She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college.  She, like many of her students, is the first of her family to graduate from college.  She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English-Professional & Technical Writing.  God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better thru her support, actions and writing.  Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Attitude, Back To School Series, Direction/Guidance, Evangelism, Grandparents, Growth/Maturity, Mentor/Mentee, Obedience, Sin, Submission/Surrendering

Back to School: Rebel Without A Cause

School has begun for most students across the world so EmpowerMoments is featuring a series entitled “Back to School”.  Read each day as our writers share stories and learned lessons from their school-related experiences.  Come and get on our EmpowerMoments school bus!

Growing up I was a bit more than your average “church girl”: Sunday – Regular Service, Tuesday- Choir Practice, Wednesday- Bible Study, Thursday- Prayer Meeting, Friday – Teen Ministry, Saturday- Junior Usher Board Meeting. I could quote scripture all day and was known as the over achiever in Sunday School. I wasn’t a member of just any church. I was a member of an Apostolic (Pentecostal) church; one that had many rules and standards: zero makeup, no jewelry, and no pants for women. While I was in elementary and middle school these things were okay for me. Sure I was teased about always being in church and the fact that I never wore pants, but I believed wholeheartedly in what I was doing. Furthermore, my grandmother made me and there was no questioning of her rules.

Then came the summer of transition. I was a 14-year-old bona fide teenager and headed for high school. I started “smelling myself” and questioning this strict regimen. I began secretly changing clothes when I left home so that I could wear pants and even got some lipstick. Boys entered the picture and the late nights began. My attitude completely changed and I became resentful of the life that I was forced to live. See I grew up in the house with older brothers and male cousins and they weren’t subjected to this harsh life, so one day I decided no more. My grandmother came to wake me up for church and I responded with a loud, “I’M NOT GOING!” The blow up was big and I defiantly stood my ground letting her know that no switch, belt or any other form of correction was going to change my mind. (Of course I said all of this after being chased out of the house to the front yard.) Eventually, she decided to let it go and this was the beginning of my “emancipation” from church slavery into the street life and academic failure.

And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. (Luke 15:11-13 KJV)

Thus began my journey as the Prodigal Daughter. At the young age of 14, I made a decision to stop making church a regular part of my life and dropped all of the strict standards that I was beholden to. I began to hang out until 3:00am, go to the nightclubs and started drinking. Although I would hang out with guys, I would not have sex and I would never smoke marijuana. For some reason in all of my rebellion those things were off limits. In my own mind, my behavior was okay because this is what my brothers did, I was staying out of “real” trouble and I wasn’t pregnant. My first semester in high school was the pits. I loved school and was quite studious; however, I kept getting in minor trouble that came with major consequences. Tardies to class (from staying out late) landed me in the Student Adjustment Program (SAP). SAP was like in school suspension but this is where “bad” kids were sent: fighters, people who disrespected teachers, and low performers. This was not my crowd. I was in Honors classes and participated in extracurricular activities even with my wild ways so how did I end up there? Originally I was sent for 3 days but then I got in trouble while in the program and landed an extra 40 days. WHAT?!! I got out of the program and was sent back AGAIN. It was difficult to keep up with my class work especially since this high school material was so new. I received my first set of BAD grades. To this day I never forget those grades because they made the difference in me graduating in the top ten in my class and coming in at #13. I felt like I was stuck in a downward spiral but at the same time I was hesitant to give up my new life.

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

One day I overheard my grandmother mentioning to someone that she was contemplating sending me to reform school. Wait a minute! In my eyes reform school meant jail and I, my friends, was not jail material! It was as if a light bulb went off. God showed me how my rebellious living could shape the path of my life. I thought about my brothers, who unfortunately had served time in the juvenile detention center and jail, and I was determined that would not be my life. I was in the valley of decision regarding my life. I could learn the lessons from them without experiencing the path they were on.

While it would be years before I became a regular attendee at church and I never quite went back to the strict religious standards, I picked my Bible back up and began to study His word. I practiced self-discipline. I dove into my schoolwork, got heavily involved in school and community activities where I could make a real difference and joined athletic teams. That experience my freshman year in high school shaped so many others. It helped me avoid situations later in life. I was determined that I would not be a failure and disappoint the woman who worked so hard to provide for me or my heavenly Father who protected me while I was in the streets. I would no longer be a “rebel without a cause.”

Dear Daddy,

I am sorry that my rebellious living brought so much pain to those who gave their all to support me.  Thank You for saving me from myself. If it wasn’t for Your mercy and Your grace I would not be the person I am today. Lord, I am grateful for the training that I received as a child, the mentors that You sent me and the epiphany You gave me regarding my life. God, I ask that You help me share my story and be a beacon of light for other young women. Thank You for taking the time to come after this one lost sheep. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to look back over your journey and be grateful that you are not where you could have been. If you are on a path that leads to destruction, I urge you to consider your ways and ask God to reveal the best path for your life. Lastly, I want you to think about one young woman that you know who could use your guidance. Make a decision today to get involved and be a beacon of light for her. 

As you look back over your life, were you ever a rebel without a cause? Share your story with us.

Read a related EmpowerMoment:  The Night We Almost Died


Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Attitude, Character, Evangelism, Fruit of the Spirit, Growth/Maturity, Jesus, Righteousness

Throwback Thursday: Kissed By The Sun

It’s Throwback Thursday! This EmpowerMoment was originally published on July 25, 2011. Enjoy this blast from the past!

This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. (Ephesians 4:13 CEV)

On July 16th, my husband and I celebrated our six year anniversary. For my gift, he took me on a four day cruise to the Bahamas. Only a handful of people knew our secret destination but upon my return it was very evident to everyone that I had been somewhere. Once I returned to work, everyone I encountered immediately exclaimed, “You really got a tan; where have you been?” As a writer, it was only natural that I came up with a creative and quirky response. So each time someone inquired, I smiled and said, “Yes, I’ve been kissed by the sun! (And oh yeah, we went to the Bahamas!)”

The fact that I had been on vacation on the beautiful, sunny beaches of the Bahamas was literally written all over my face. I had spent time in the sun and it showed. Likewise, when we have spent time with the Son, it should show! When you’ve had an encounter with Jesus, people around you should know without a shadow of a doubt.

…What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him… (1 John 3:2 MSG)

This revelation led me to do a self-evaluation. What notable transitions have taken place in my life since I have been on this Christian journey? Since my encounter with Jesus has my attitude changed? Am I more patient? Do I smile more? Do I love harder? Am I more forgiving? Am I less selfish and more selfless? What about me says that I have been kissed by the Son?

Ironically, being kissed by the Son has a drastically different effect than being kissed by the sun. While my sun-kissed skin was noticeably darker, my Son-kissed life should be remarkably brighter. “And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 MSG) When people come into my presence is there a certain glow that is ever present suggesting that I have unspeakable joy? Is anyone in my life wondering, “Where has she been and who has she been with because she is really brighter?”

Dear Daddy,

Please help me to recognize the areas of my life that may not exemplify that I have spent time with Jesus. Help me to correct those things so that everyone I encounter will be able to see that I have spent time with the Son. May they see less of me and more of You. If they don’t know Jesus personally, I pray that my life be a living sermon, spreading the Gospel to the unsaved. May our relationship grow so deep that my old fleshy ways no longer rise to the surface. I am just interested in becoming more and more like You every day! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to do a self-examination and determine if your life exemplifies that you’ve had an encounter with Jesus.  If you cannot answer yes, choose to make a change TODAY! If you can answer yes in some areas but not all, choose to make a change TODAY! It doesn’t matter if you have been with Jesus for 10 years or 10 minutes; it should be apparent that you have been kissed by the Son, as your complexion should be brighter!

Ladies, how can you tell when others have been kissed by the Son? Share your story with us.

Read A Related EmpowerMoment: When The Green Card Comes Down


Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments.  As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible more than anything. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Anxiety, Evangelism, Grief, Relationships, Salvation, Self Forgiveness, Word of God, Worry

Kicked Even When You’re Down

When I saw my ex-boyfriend’s number pop up on the caller ID, I was prepared to tell him that I would call him back after I completed my homework. However, I was not given that opportunity. After saying hello, I realized that it was his sister calling to tell me that he had passed away a couple of hours ago. At that very moment everything around me seemed surreal including the phone call. I just knew that it was a cruel joke and in a second someone would jump out and scream “GOTCHA!” Instead, my heart instantly grew heavy because I was uncertain as to how to handle a loss of this magnitude.

I told the story last year of dealing with the losses of both my grandmothers five months apart, but for some reason dealing with the death of someone that I grew to love was totally different. The pain seemed to be a thousand times stronger and I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why. Was it because at points in our relationship I loved him more than God and myself? Or maybe because I told him on many occasions I would pray for him and didn’t? Perhaps, I felt guilty that I didn’t discuss God enough with him? Or better yet, I was uncertain of where he would spend eternity…

All of these questions, concerns, and emotions came to surface over the next couple of days after hearing of his death. I would go from being so happy to feeling so defeated in my Christianity because I lost someone I loved and was so confused about what lied ahead of him. The devil began attacking my thoughts every chance possible by forcing me to question who I was in the body of Christ to allow something like this to transpire. I mean how can I, an intricate part of the intake of new members at my church, fail to offer salvation to someone that I have known for years. From that Sunday until that following Saturday at the service, I went back and forth with the enemy giving in to those outlandish thoughts on many occasions because it was hard to immediately cast those thoughts down. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2Corinthians 10:5 NIV)

It was at the home-going, that I received confirmation from my ex-boyfriend’s aunt that I would indeed see him again in eternity. During her words of encouragement, she stated that she prayed with him before he passed and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I was extremely overjoyed and found myself screaming “HALLELUJAH” and weeping hysterically. The very thing that the enemy was using to place me in a state of mild depression over the past few days was canceled immediately as she declared those words in the atmosphere. Not only did I feel better knowing that he was present with the Lord, but I was instantly released from the bondage that the enemy was attempting to attach to me. My praise session ended up having a dual meaning that gave God all the glory that He was due! For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. (Lamentations 3:31-32 ESV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing up right when I am at my breaking point. Things that take place in the natural can cause me to give into the enemy’s ploy, but that is when You show me that You are always in control. Help me to stay aware of the attempts from the devil when I am in my most vulnerable state. Keep my ears, eyes, and heart alert at all times, but most important, keep me guarded with Your Word, love, and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Women of God, I EMPOWER you to be aware of the devil’s efforts to take us out every chance that he gets or better yet every chance we give. “The thief (devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV) Times of trouble, distress, mourning, etc. are the game winning moments for the enemy, but it is up to us to declare a victory for Team JESUS! Have a BLESSED week! ☺

Share with us your God-led victories over the devil’s tricks, traps and plans to derail you in any way.


Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there. Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17

Evangelism, Gentleness, Growth/Maturity, Mentoring, Miscellaneous, Salvation

Put That Bible Down!

Now that I have your attention, the title of this blog was a lesson I learned when I found myself trying to minister to unbelievers. I remember becoming upset and frustrated, and feeling mocked and disrespected because I was “pushing” the Bible on someone that 1) had no clue of my scripture references and 2) became upset because I was judging them by statutes in, to them, a foreign language.

I grew up learning the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV) When I became serious about my Christian walk, I took this charge to heart. But I went about things in the wrong way.

When faced with friends and family members that didn’t believe the Word of God, enjoyed challenging the Word of God, or desired to mock the Word of God, I would find myself in a series of heated discussions that resulted in nothing. The outcomes were not prosperous. When I would see a friend delving into wayward ways such as drug addictions, gossiping, lying and the like, I would try to “encourage” them by sharing God’s scriptures and how He saved me. But yet again, my approach made them feel little. What I’ve come to learn is sharing scriptures with someone who does not know what they mean is like teaching grammar in German to a class of English speaking children. It’s fruitless and both parties become irritated.

By all means, I do not mean put your Bible away, because in order to reach those that are lost, you MUST know God’s Word and hide it in your heart so that you know how to react under all circumstances. But we have to be mindful of our approach. Hell is irrelevant to someone that has no spiritual knowledge of it. So telling someone they are going to hell for sinning does not reach the heart. In the book of Colossians we learn: Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6 NIV) When faced with unbelievers and in a quest to encourage our brothers and sisters in the way of Christ, we have to be wise, living examples. Again, this means we have to KNOW the Word so that we can LIVE the Word and in turn encourage others to be imitators of Christ, by our actions.

Learning to take the “Faith Walk” approach, opposed to the “Slap them with the Bible” approach, I’ve had people ask me, “Well how do you forgive people the way you do?” “How do you love so and so the way you do?” What this tells me is that if I can imitate Christ, when unbelievers inquire then I can introduce them to Christ and gracefully and compassionately guide them to establishing their own relationship with Him. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “actions speak louder than words”? People will look at your actions before they listen to what you say. If they see you survive trials, not judge them in their mess, love them in kindness and patience, and speak power and encouragement in all things, I guarantee they will question that “something” you have. This is when the opportunity to introduce Christ presents itself.

My title may seem a tad harsh, but my point is this: We can reach those that are lost by our lifestyle and our actions. Condemning unbelievers with scripture rarely leaves either party encouraged. But if you can hide God’s Word in your heart, live it out loudly, and love them as God teaches us to, the opportunity will present itself for them to inquire about the love of God and you can then witness to them through wisdom and compassion.

Remember this: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9 NIV) Therefore, do not argue with unbelievers, you may miss an opportunity to witness to them and those around them. It is not about you; to God be the glory.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for revealing to me that You are love (1 John 4:8) and that love is an action (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) I must live out. Teach me how to love those that appear to be lost just as Jesus did and speak to them kindly, with respect, and out of compassion. When the time presents itself, help me to be ready to introduce them to a relationship with You for Your Word promises me, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32 KJV) In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be an imitator of Christ. Do not allow your family members, friends, or strangers to cause you to misrepresent Christ due to becoming frustrating by their lack of belief. Instead, stand firm on your belief, “show” them Christ in your graceful and humble walk, and they will soon see for themselves that Jesus is the answer.

Do you have a hard time evangelizing to others because you turn them off with Bible bashing? Have you been able to meet people where they are to introduce them to Christ? Share your story with us in the comment section below.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Remember Where You Came From


As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She and her husband serve as Co-Service leaders and Co-Group leaders of SustainedLove, which supports marriage get-a-ways from Family Life. Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They attend Vaughn Forest Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Direction/Guidance, Evangelism, Leadership, Mentor/Mentee, Mentoring, Teacher/Student

Remember Where You Came From…

…And the One Who Brought You Out!

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Recently I started working with a group of girls at an elementary school in a poverty stricken neighborhood. The group that I work with is in sixth through eighth grade. Twice a week for an hour, we get together for empowering sessions. The sessions are on a wide range of topics from financial empowerment to self-esteem empowerment. Upon first meeting the girls, I was a bit taken aback. For such a young group of girls, they seemed to be very forward and extremely boy crazy. Everything that came out of their mouth was something perverse or vulgar. I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were tossing subliminal sexual messages around in my presence. It was almost as if all they wanted to discuss were things that were associated with the opposite sex. Again, I was nearly appalled at some of the things the girls were asking and telling me.  When leaving that session, I got in my car and had a quick pow wow with the man upstairs. Knowing that He sent me on this assignment, I reminded Him that I was going to need His assistance to be effective as the task at hand. Many questions started swimming around in my mind. A few of them went like this: How did they get like this? What type of parents do they have? At this rate, will they be successful in high school? Why are they so into boys at such a young age?

With absolutely no answers and still a boat load of questions, I solicited my weekly prayer partner for assistance. As she prayed for my strength, wisdom and courage to deal with the girls, I nodded my head in agreement. However, as she continued on asking God to remind me of how far I’d come and to remove any judgment on my part, I had to open one eye. Surely, she wasn’t talking about me! Oh, but surely she was! I was instantly convicted; for a moment in time, I was looking down on those young girls. There I was casting judgment on girls who reflected pieces of me. At some point in my life, I was exactly who they are now…it’s just no one knew about it. At some low era of my existence, I did the very things that they were discussing so freely…I was just never caught! I shared with you just last week a laundry list of things that I was guilty of. (See She is Me: Lydia) With a rap sheet like that, how dare I look down on those girls!

Besides the fact that God truly loves us, do you know why He even bothered saving us? It was so that we could be useful to the building of His Kingdom.  “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:9 NLT)  Every single thing that we have experienced in life was not just for our own development; it was to benefit God’s people as well. There is someone, somewhere that needs to hear YOUR testimony. In my case, those girls need to know that I have walked in their shoes before and I know what dark places those paths lead to. With the right balance of love, honesty and firmness, I can help deter them from walking the path of death. But, if we get too arrogant or puffed up with pride, we miss the opportunity to minister and deliver those who are in captivity.

Many Bible readers are familiar with the header scripture. We love to proclaim that we are ‘a chosen nation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation’. But the part that seems to get tossed to wayside is the latter part of that verse.  You are His possession and were chosen that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Yes, He called me from that dark, grungy place of promiscuity, lust, fornication, drugs, alcoholism, etc. into the brighter place of salvation, forgiveness, love, redemption and restoration. However, it’s more important WHY He called me from that hopeless place—to help others who are in currently in that dark space and cannot see the way out for themselves.

I am determined now more than ever to make an indelible impact on those young ladies. I understand more fully just how important my story is to the next person. So, the next time God sends a lowly soul to you, please don’t rest in the seat of judgment.  Remember where you came from and the One who brought you from that place. Extend the same love that He extended to you. You may be the only person standing between them and salvation and/or deliverance.

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for the times that I placed judgment or looked down on one of Your children. When there is someone struggling with an issue, help me to embrace them the same way that You embraced me when I dealt with my issues. Teach me unconditional love that covers a multitude of sins. Lord, I ask that You send people to me who I can minister to based on the things that I have experienced in my life. Give me the courage to share my testimony so that others may come to know Your healing power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you remember where you came from! Recall that you used to be in that dark place and recall how God transitioned you into His marvelous light. With that on your brain, I EMPOWER you to minister to those who are still in that place. Who better to help them than one has walked a few miles in their shoes? Remember, they shall overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimonies! (Revelation 12:11)

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments.  As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Assignment, Evangelism, Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Prayer, Purpose

Are You the One?

Abraham:  What if there are fifty righteous people in the city?  Will you sweep it away…?

God:  If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place.

Abraham:  What if the number is less than fifty?  Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?

God:  If I find forty-five there, I will not destroy it!

Abraham:  What if only forty are found there?

God:  For the sake of forty, I will not do it.

Abraham:   May the Lord not be angry but let me speak, what if only thirty can be found there?

God:  I will not do it if I find thirty there.

Genesis 18: 23-33 NIV

Long story short, by the time Abraham turned to go home, he had humbly pleaded with God to spare the city if ten righteous people could be found.  WOW!  That’s some kind of relationship to be able to talk God down from FIFTY to TEN!! Abraham and God were so close that God revealed to Abraham his plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  “…then the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?  Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, all nations on earth will be blessed through him.  For I have chosen him…”  (Genesis 18:17-19a NIV)

Abraham humbly stood before the Lord pleading for the people of Sodom, namely his nephew Lot and Lot’s family.  Abraham was the only one standing in the gap between God and total destruction of the city.  It is very interesting that Abraham would do this when he really did not have to.  Abraham was chosen by God.  He was blessed beyond belief, yet he did not just sit back, chill, and bask in the favor of God; Abraham decided to intercede for the people of Sodom.

LESSON 1:  We NEVER get too good or too blessed to intercede for other people.  Even when you reach your destiny, you are to intercede and stand in the gap for others.

Because of Abraham’s pleading, God sent angels to deliver the righteous of the city (Lot and his family).  We find out in the next chapter Gen. 19, the very ones Abraham was pleading for did not appreciate and in some cases not even accept the deliverance Abraham prayed for.

LESSON 2:  Your assignment is to pray, regardless of what the individual decides to do, you must still pray!

Some of you are in Abraham’s position.  Your fasting, praying, and spiritual warfare is all that’s standing between someone and total destruction.  Stay on assignment, you ARE the one!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the awesome responsibility You have given me to intercede for Your children.  I thank You for loving and cherishing me enough to listen to me when I talk to You.  Lord, help me never to  forget that You hear me and even when I don’t see the results that I expect to see in someone You have led me to intercede for, remind me that Your will is perfect and that You are sovereign.  Lord, make me sensitive to the needs of Your people so that I may be effective and efficient in my assignment.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to accept your role as “The ONE”! Our ultimate assignment is to be like Christ.  One of Christ’s attributes is His permanent position next to the father INTERCEDING on our behalf.  “…Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us…” (Romans 8:34 NIV)  Do we always do what we’re supposed to do? NO, yet Jesus continues to intercede for our crazy selves.  If Christ can do it for you, surely you can do it for someone else!!   Let’s go sister; it’s time to get busy on your assignments because you ARE the one!

Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Evangelism, Mentor/Mentee, Salvation, Teacher/Student

My Divine Opportunity

I recently started a unit on power with my freshmen World Studies class.  In order to introduce the concept and help them to define it, I used the following short poem:

I took my power in my hand

And went AGAINST the world

‘Twas not so much as David had

But I was twice as bold

I aimed my pebble, but myself

Was ALL the one that fell

Was it Goliath was too large

Or was myself too small?

–Emily Dickinson

As soon as the student finished reading the poem, I heard, “Who is David? Who is Goliath?”  I was actually surprised!  I knew that many of my students were “un-churched,” but I thought the story of David and Goliath was just known by everyone whether they went to church or not.

DIVINE OPPORTUNITY!!  I took it and ran with it.  I told the students the story of David and Goliath and then had them tell me why the author alluded to that particular story in the poem.  Not only did they completely understand the poem after my explanation of the story but they were also able to come up with a working definition of individual power.

The icing on the cake was how the students applied the lesson to their lives that DAY! The poem compares Goliath to the world.  I asked the students, “Who or what is your Goliath?”  Their answers ran the gamut from Math Class to marijuana to anger.  After class throughout the next couple of days, students would see me in the hallway and say, “Ms. Richard, I’m going to fight my Goliath; I’m ‘bout to pass this Math test!” or “Ms. Richard, I fought my Goliath today, I was about to cuss somebody out but I walked away!”

I am so excited about the new directions my students are taking and pray that God continues to draw them toward Him.  I had prepared an entirely different lesson that day but God took what I prepared in a different direction.  “…To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue…” (Proverbs 16:1 NIV)

Above everything else, God has mandated us to, “…Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation…” (Mark 15:16 NIV)  Many times we take this as we must become a missionary and go to Africa or stand on the street corner and pass out tracts. While that is the ministry of some it is NOT mine!  We must seek out and be open to the opportunities that God gives us to minister wherever we find ourselves.  Whether that is school, work, or even in the grocery store.  “…The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise…” (Proverbs 11:30 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the opportunity You have given us to share Your love with others.  Guide us daily as we go about our lives.  Give us opportunities to minister in our everyday lives.  We ask that You also give us the strength, the willingness, and the wisdom to minister when the opportunity is presented.  Help us to not only be a good witness to You in what we say, but if we never say a word let our lifestyle draw others to You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to pray and ask God to give you divine opportunities to minister in your everyday life.  I EMPOWER you to ACT when those opportunities present themselves.  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)

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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”