Motivation, Organization, Procrastination

One Room at a Time Part 2

“Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17 NIV

So I’ve started my process of spring cleaning that I spoke of last week.  What seemed so easy in theory is soooo not! I keep coming across things that I can’t bring myself to throw away. I can truly understand how people become hoarders because EVERYTHING has sentimental value–that movie ticket stub, the Valentine’s Day card, my first driver’s license.  If it doesn’t have sentimental value, it’s something that I’m going to need at some point or it’s something I am going to use eventually.  Needless to say, thinking like this is slowing down my cleaning process.  I am frustrated with myself and really thinking about throwing EVERYTHING out and starting over.  As I take a break and sit in silence, God reveals to me the lesson in this experience: “This is why YOUR process is taking so long!!”

At first I did not understand but as I reflected on it more, I realized that the same things I was doing with my external “stuff,” I was doing with my internal “stuff”.  I am getting in my own way!  Just as my friend was trying to throw stuff away and I said, “NO!  Not that,” God has been trying to throw some stuff away and I keep saying, “NO! Not That!”  My reasons have been:

1)       It has sentimental value! — It’s a reminder of something in the past but while I’m trying to hold on to it, God is saying, “…Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See I am doing a new thing!  (Isaiah 43:18-19a NIV)

2)      I need this! – I can’t live without this! What kind of life will I have without this??  God is saying, “…Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge [me] and [I] will direct your paths…” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

3)      I’m going to use this at some point! – I have to keep this around just in case!  God is saying, “…lay aside EVERY weight, and sin which clings so closely…” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV) “…For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you…” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

The more I continue to keep the stuff that God is trying to remove from my life, the longer it will take for this “room” or area in my life to get clean.  This means that it will take longer for me to reach the destiny God has for me.  With renewed purpose and tears in my eyes, I’m about to get up and recommit to this process both externally and internally.  I don’t know what the outcome of all this will be and this is truly a struggle for me, but God has already said, “…my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness…” (II Corinthians 12:8 ESV)  Alright Lord, I have the garbage bags ready; let’s go!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your patience and persistence.  Thanks for not letting me go forward until I get rid of the junk that is holding me back.  Lord, please give me the strength and the wisdom to listen to You.  Help me to understand that no matter how hard it is to give things up or let things and people go, that it’s necessary in order for me to be everything that I am to be in You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to do some REAL spring cleaning! Are there things in your house that you need to get rid of?  Don’t delay, throw it out or give it to Goodwill TODAY!  God can’t give you the new until you get rid of the old!  That same principle applies internally as well.  We must let go of old soul ties, old grudges, old bitterness, old hurts, etc.   God can’t implant something new with all that other stuff in there because those old things will abort the newness God is trying to give you.  Ask God to purge and cleanse you TODAY, and whatever He tells you to let go, LET IT GO and DON’T go back and retrieve it again!  There is a blessing in the cleansing!!

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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.”

Procrastination

The Longer You Wait, The Longer It Takes–The Spiritual Side

Procrastination is not just limited to natural, physical things.  Procrastination is a spirit, whose only mission is to keep us from successfully accomplishing all of our goals and realizing the destiny that God has for us.  Yes, procrastination can be natural like I discussed last week but it is also spiritual.  Spiritual procrastination is perhaps the most detrimental to the fulfillment of our destiny.

Spiritual procrastination is when we “willfully” delay confronting and/or dealing with a spiritual issue that needs to be dealt with.  For example, not tackling that pornography and masturbation issue, or not confronting the fact that you do not tithe, staying in an unfruitful friendships, and even our stubbornness and unwillingness to mend strained or broken relationships.

We have our reasons and excuses for not dealing with these issues but whatever our reasons, we must throw them AWAY because if left unchecked these issues WILL delay the destiny God has for us. The Bible tells us that, “…God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change his mind.  Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 NIV)  Yes, God is going to fulfill every promise He made you but how long it takes depends on you!  God “…will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…” (1st Corinthians 10:13b NIV)  This means God is not going to give you more than what you can handle. Yes, that goes for the trials in life but that also goes for the blessings as well.  Yes, you tithe but you haven’t taken steps to restore that strained relationship. Do you really think God is going to financially bless you above all you could ask or think?  What if God does bless you financially and that person comes to you needing your help and your heart is so hardened against them that you can’t be a vessel for God the way He needs you to be. NOPE!  Not gonna work!  We GOT to deal with the issue…the longer you wait, the longer it takes!!

For example, God made Abraham a promise when he was 75 years old to make him a great nation. (Genesis 12)  Abraham and Sarah were both old and Sarah had been barren her whole life and did not believe that Abraham was going to be able to impregnate her.  This issue of unbelief began to fester in Abraham’s household but Abraham did not deal with it.  Instead Abraham allowed his wife to give him her maid, Hagar.  Abraham had sex with Hagar and got her pregnant.  She gave birth to Ishmael. (Genesis 16)  This one act delayed God’s promise by 25 years! “Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age…Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him…” (Genesis 21: 2,5 NIV)

Do you really want to wait another 25 years to receive what God has promised you?  DEAL WITH IT TODAY!!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your patience!  You are an all-wise God that knows everything about us and what we can and cannot handle.  Thank You for not aborting the promises that You made us.  Please forgive us for not confronting the issues that You have been pushing us to confront.  We ask that You expose who we are to us.  Reveal to us our unresolved and un-confronted issues.  Give us a sense of urgency to deal with every matter that is delaying the fulfillment of Your promises in our lives.  We praise You for all the promises You have already fulfilled and every one You have yet to.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to DEAL WITH IT!! Whatever IT is, DEAL WITH IT!!

1)      Pray and ask God to reveal to you your unresolved and un-confronted issues

2)      Make a list of them and seek God on how He would have you to confront each and every one

3)      Do what God tells you to do, WHATEVER it is!  Fast, go to the altar, go to that person and apologize, erase that person out of your phone and don’t take any of their phone calls or texts, WHATEVER it is, DO IT…Remember the longer you wait, the longer it takes!!!

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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.”

Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Organization, Preparation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Time Management

The Longer You Wait…The Longer It Takes!

Tis the Season…for “Ms. Richard, what can I do to pass your class??”  Yes!  It’s the season of “Can I have some make up work and/or extra credit?”  In past years I have killed tons of trees and feverishly created and copied packets for students to complete over Christmas break…NOT THIS YEAR!! Instead, I used a workbook for my Constitution unit.  Back in October, I had the students purchase the workbook and have been assigning pages out of it since then.  Of course, some students did not purchase the workbook or bought it and never opened it to do any of the assignments.  Now that these students are failing or are close to failing, they want to know, “What can I do to pass?”  My response was, “Complete your workbook from cover to cover!”

I have never seen so many attitudes at one time!  “What you mean Ms. Richard?  This gonna take me all break to do this!”   I simply said, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes. If you had been doing the work all along, you wouldn’t have as much to do!”

Later on I was reflecting about all I have to get done.  I have to deep clean my house, finish shopping for the Christmas dinner I’m hosting, and go shopping for gifts.  This is in addition to life outside of the Christmas season; I need to grade and record several assignments, sit down and pay some bills, and the list goes on, and on, AND ON!!

Just then my words came back to me, “…the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”  Yes my students have an issue with procrastination but so do I!  Procrastination is “the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done,” and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. There was so much I could have been getting done all along.  Instead of letting my students’ papers pile up, I could have graded an assignment or two everyday.  Christmas comes at the same time EVERY year so I could have been purchasing things throughout the year and had them ready.   Oh and my house–I wouldn’t have to do such a deep clean if I had been more diligent in weekly spot cleaning.

Now my attitude was rising, “WHY???? Why did I let this stuff pile up like this?”  Because I kept telling myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow, no rush, I’ll get to it!”

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1 NIV)

So here I am coming up with a plan TODAY so I can get everything done.  One cure for procrastination is more diligence, regardless of the task. We should be supremely motivated to be diligent in our work, since we are ultimately serving the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV). If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate too much.  Yes, my weekend is pretty much shot but I will take this as a lesson to NOT procrastinate because, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving us the ability and the strength to do all the things that we need to do.  Help us to be more diligent at getting tasks completed.  Give us wisdom to prioritize and manage our time efficiently and effectively so that we can complete every task You have laid before us.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!  There is so much we have to do in order to build the kingdom of God and reach the individual destinies we have for our lives.  We have no time to waste! 

  1. Pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance
  2.  Make a list of all the things you have to do
  3.  Write down a deadline date next to each task
  4. Prioritize how you will get each task done in an organized and timely fashion
  5.  Get to work!! 

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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.”

Encouragement, Faith, Favor, Goals & Dreams, Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Persistance, Preparation, Procrastination

Apple Seeds Don’t Produce Oranges

Have you ever planted a rose bush and ended up with a cactus tree? Have you prayed for a new job but never filled out any applications, reached out to any connections or shown yourself worthy of a new opportunity? Sounds silly doesn’t it? As silly as it sounds, every day we wake up with expectations for things that we have layed at God’s feet; yet, we have not planted at all or planted the right seeds.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 KJV

Lately, I have realized that I have been trying to reap in areas where I have not sown or I have not sown properly. Have you found yourself trying to reap a harvest in areas where you have not planted? Perhaps you are asking God to bless a particular area of your life but you have put no skin in the game. You either have failed to plant, have planted seeds that do not yield the fruit you want to harvest, or planted on ground that is not fertile.

  • You want a husband but you have not planted seeds that will help you grow into being a wife. The “fun girl” does not become the wife. Only when she puts those things away will she blossom into wife material. Maybe you aren’t really ready because you have harvested insecurities, habits and circumstances that deem you currently ineligible for the mate God has chosen for you.
  • You may be sowing, sowing, sowing in the wrong place with the wrong people. Matthew 7:6 reminds us: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (KJV)
  • Perhaps you have prayed for a financial increase but you have failed to sow where He has instructed. He has given you vision and placed opportunities in front of you that will enlarge your territory but you haven’t acted on what He has given you.
  • Maybe you are asking God to bless your ministry but you haven’t spent any time developing and perfecting it.
  • You may want to change your health status or maintain good health but you aren’t willing to make the necessary changes that will yield the results that you want or you are half doing it.
  • It’s possible that you are asking God to strengthen your relationship with Him, your marriage, your friendships, your family or increase your network but you have not planted seeds in any of these relationships that would make them grow. You aren’t doing what it takes to make them prosperous.

Consider this parable: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Matthew 4:3-8 NIV

God let’s us know that at minimum what we put in is what we will get out. Anything beyond that is extra; it is God’s favor. It is His grace and mercy. How do we know that the favor that we have received just didn’t get us to the basic because what we put in was so minimal? Let’s plant the right seeds on good ground so that our harvest will be plentiful. Remember II Corinthians 9:6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (KJV)

Assignment: Make a list of all the petitions you have before God. What are you expecting in 2012? Next to the petition write what you have sown to make this petition a reality. If it isn’t abundantly clear, ask God if there is more that you can do. Ask Him if you have planted the right seeds and on the right ground. For each petition, write what you will do to reap the desired harvest (whether it is to take the first step and plant, change the seed that you planted, or change the area where you have planted).  Ask God to move you from mediocrity to excellence.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for favor. Thank You for giving to me even when I have not sown; but, Daddy, I ask You right now that You reveal to me the seeds I need to plant and the place I need to plant them to make my petitions come to fruition. Heavenly Father, I ask that You show me what I need to do to reap a bountiful harvest. Challenge me in my sowing and let me operate like the harvest I expect to receive. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today, I EMPOWER you to sow the right seeds on good ground. I EMPOWER you with the knowledge that you are reaping what you are sowing. I EMPOWER you to be patient because some crops take longer to harvest than others. Remember this: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9 KJV) I EMPOWER you to complete the assignment and act on what God reveals to you.

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Assignment, Goals & Dreams, God's Promises, Growth/Maturity, Obedience, Procrastination, Spirit of Fear, Submission/Surrendering, Trials, Trusting God

POWER IN MOTION!

To borrow a page from Khalilah’s scientific notebook, one of my favorite concepts in Physics is the concept of Potential and Kinetic Energy. To simplify it, Potential Energy is energy that is stored up and Kinetic Energy is energy in motion. Use your imagination and visualize this example. A rubber band alone is just a rubber band; but, a rubber band changed from it’s original position and stretched has enormous Potential. It is storing up its energy for a time in which it will be released.  The Potential of that rubber band lies in its stretched state and when it is released it becomes Kinetic. When you pull a rubber band a little bit it has little bounce back, but when it is stretched to its maximum, once released it is really going to “pop” and I don’t mean break.

Some of us have been stretched while some of us are in a stretched state right now. Sometimes we wonder, “how did we get here?” External forces such as family, finances, friends and careers have us in a state where we are stretched. We wonder why things are happening to us and we have not recovered. We have great ideas and visions (potential) but we have decided on our own that they should not be released or maybe God has not released us to execute them.  We want to move but God says, “Not now, I am not finished storing up what you will need when I release you. You haven’t been stretched enough.” Some of us God has told to MOVE on all of the energy He has stored in us but we have gotten stuck in our Potential state.

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 KJV We are told in this scripture that God gave us Potential while we were still in the womb. Our very movement (Kinetic) from the birth canal to the world was the release of Potential Energy. We were born to move.

When I looked up the etymology of Potential it comes from the Latin meaning, “what’s possible” or “power” and Kinetic comes from the Latin and means “moving, putting in motion.” God has given each of us POWER IN MOTION. Consider the track hurdler. Before they move their legs to jump, there is a tremendous amount of Power that will allow them to physically move (Kinetic) and cross the hurdle. This Power (Potential) did not just appear overnight. The hurdler has stored energy that is a result of physical conditioning (becoming spiritually fit), building of muscle (reading the Bible), learning the proper technique and then there is the actual implementation (application of faith or applying what God has given you). You can’t stand in front of a hurdle and just decide to jump but there is a starting position that you have to run (prepare) and build up the momentum so that you can have the Power to get to the other side. Now let’s be honest. There are some people who have the ability to jump a hurdle; however, to jump a hurdle also requires focus and courage. Some people have conditioned themselves and have the Power but they lack focus or they fear the hurdle. They have all of this Potential but are scared to MOVE. Could this be you?

Faith in itself is the combination of Potential and Kinetic Energy. You have faith because you have all of these stored up beliefs, testimonies and examples of what God can and will do; however, it’s not really faith until it is put into motion. Consider this: James 2:17 (KJV) tells us that …Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. This is given in the perfect illustration through Abraham in James 2: 20-24 KJV– But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for birthing me into this world with Potential. As You reveal my Potential to me, give me the courage and the focus to transform that Potential Energy into Kinetic Energy in my life. As life experiences stretch me, remind me that the trials are only storing up my Potential so that my bounce back will be greater. Help me to remember that my return will be exceedingly and abundantly above ALL that I can think or imagine.  Help me to remember that having faith is having POWER IN MOTION. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies I EMPOWER you today to discover your Potential. What has God stored in you that you are waiting to be released or you are sitting on and refuse to release? Has God told you to move on something but you have decided on your own to wait? What are you waiting for? Decide today to transform that Potential Energy to Kinetic Energy and put POWER IN MOTION!

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Faith, Listening, Motivation, Obedience, Procrastination, Submission/Surrendering, Trusting God

It’s Time to Move!

Before her passing, my grandmother would sing a song entitled, “You Gotta Move.”  The lyrics read in part: “You got to move; you got to move…when the Lord gets ready, you got to move.”  Although simple on surface, these words embody a powerful truth for women of faith.  When God says move, it’s time to move!

The idea of movement in response to God is evidenced clearly in the life of Abraham.  “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s house.  Go to the land that I will show you.’” (Genesis 12:1 GW)

Although these words were spoken to Abraham thousands of years ago, for many of us they still hold true.  God has instructed us to leave behind unhealthy relationships, careers, social environments, living quarters, attitudes, and yes, even ministry associations.  These things have kept us from walking into the fullness of our destiny with God.  It is therefore time to move.   “[W]e must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us.”  (Hebrews 12:1 GW) “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must rid yourself of all such things.” (Colossians 3:5-8 NIV)

What is keeping you from moving?  Is it comfort? Uncertainty? Fear? Impatience?  Whatever the answer may be, consider the first three words of the text: “The Lord said.”  If the Lord said it, it’s divine instruction.  It’s not subject to consideration or debate.  “When the Lord gets ready, you got to move.” 

Although leaving things behind may be difficult, when God instructs us to do something, it is designed for our good.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) God loves us and will not lead us down the wrong path.  When God instructed Abraham to move, it positioned Abraham for an even greater blessing.  Abraham could not have received the promises of God if he had not obeyed God’s instruction.  Has God told you to go somewhere? Have you obeyed?

When God instructs us to leave certain things behind, it is important to remember that God does not tell us to leave without a command to “Go.”  Leaving one place always means that we are headed to a new one.  The places that God will take us in the midst of obedience are intended to move us closer to our destiny.  Hence, we can either remain stagnant where we are (consider Lot’s wife turning into the pillar of salt in Genesis 19:26) or we can move with God and avail ourselves to the fullness of His blessings.

Finally, as we begin to move, we must remember God’s words, “I will show you.”  God promises to be our guide.  We have nothing to fear.  God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) 

When God says move, it is indeed time to move.  Letting things go can often be scary, but remember that God is moving us to higher heights.  We must learn to trust Him and know that He is leading us onto the right path.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your enduring love and patience.  Help us to hear Your instructions and follow.  You have commanded us to walk by faith and not by sight.  Help us to remember that Your promise comes through such faith.  Teach us how to operate in obedience and move according to Your will.  Continue to walk with us and show us Your way.  Guide us into the path of our destiny that we may glorify Your holy name.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to take heed to God’s instruction, let go, and MOVE.  The path to righteousness does not always bring ease, but God has promised to be our guide.  I EMPOWER you to trust God and know that the fullness of His joy resides in the path that He has designed for you.

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

Assignment, Gifts/Talents, Motivation, Prayer, Procrastination, Submission/Surrendering

Shake Us Again!

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11 NIV)

As a self-declared music fiend, I sometimes find it hard to separate from my music at bedtime. During those moments, I fall asleep with my ear buds in and let the music take me to LaLa Land. A couple of months ago I did this very thing and set my Pandora to a gospel station. At about 12:30 am, I was in a deep sleep only to be awakened by a powerful song, “Shake Us Again.” It was as if God himself was literally shaking me in the depths of my spirit to wake me from not only my natural sleep, but my spiritual coma.  As I lie there listening to the words of the song, the Spirit began to remind me of the fervency and passion of which I used to pursue the things of God. I thought of the days when I would wake during the third watch of the night to pray. I recalled when a day couldn’t go by without me reading the Word because I would feel famished in my spirit.  My mind flashed to the times when I looked for a way to impact someone’s life each and every day. As I pondered further, I realized that God had been standing at my bedside each night wanting me to awake and pray and I was pleading for a few more hours of sleep. He was yearning to give me fresh manna from His Word each morning yet I was so busy being busy. He had been surrounding me with opportunities to bless and minister to His people but I was so caught up in my own issues that I failed to notice. So at 12:30 am, He used that song to shake me up to wake me up. He gently whispered in my ear:

“It’s time to get back in your position. I didn’t equip you with all of this greatness for it to lie dormant in your belly. It’s time to wake up! Be the woman that I predestined you to be before the foundations of the earth.  (Ephesians 1:4) Get your prayer life back. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18) Study to show yourself approved unto Me. (2 Timothy 2:15) Serve my people by allowing Me to use everything that I placed in you for My glory. (1 Peter 4:10-11) Wake up my dear!”

I did my self-reflection a few months back; now it’s your turn! So I ask, what happened to your passion and fervor? What happened to the gifts that God placed in your belly? They are still there; you just have them lying dormant.  Romans 11:29 reminds us that God’s gifts and call are irrevocable. (NIV) He didn’t take back what He gave you but He expects YOU to use it! Your gifts and talents are just waiting patiently to be utilized and manifested for the Creator’s glory. It’s up to each one of us to utilize the things that He has gifted us with to advance the kingdom. Are you honestly doing your part? If not, wake up you sleeper! 

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for taking for granted the things that You have gifted me with. Today, I ask that You shake me again. Wake up everything that is lying dormant in my soul. Wake up the anointing, wake up every gift, wake up every talent and shake off the old things. Lord, today I declare that I want You to use me until I am used up! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to ask God to shake you up to wake you up! I EMPOWER you to utilize everything that He has placed in your belly. EMPOWER your gifts, talents and treasures to wake up and manifest in ways that you never imagined. I EMPOWER you to live your life on purpose! Remember what you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God!

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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.