Faith Fridays, Worry

Faith Friday: I Don’t Want To Worry

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-8 NKJV)

“I don’t want to worry.”  We have all said these words but somehow they are only a facade covering a mind full of worry and a heart of uncertainties.  In this video from the 700 Club, a High School French teacher gives an account of her dealing with a constant daily pain not only affecting her ability to talk and eat, but her faith.

She admits that she didn’t want to worry but a part of her still worried.  How many can testify to that?  We know God can heal us, we want God to heal us, yet there is still some worry there.  Worrying says we don’t trust God and we are lacking confidence in Him.  Worrying says there is some lingering doubt but thank God for His mercy and His understanding that we are weak and need Him.  Thank God for His compassion and His Word that can heal and speak life into our very own frail bodies.

So when worry pulls up beside your situation and threatens to choke your faith, remember this woman’s testimony and that there is healing in God’s Word.  His Word cannot return to Him void so trust it and watch it fulfill whatever you are seeking God for.

Watch this video and allow God to tackle any worries you may have.

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Anxiety, Father/Daughter, God's Protection, Pain, Stress, Trials, Worry


Daddy!!! A bone chilling scream reverberated throughout my room.  My sister who was visiting me on vacation awoke from her sleep and screamed out for our father.  My sister went on to explain that she was having a bad dream where an insect attacked her son, and she screamed for her daddy to save him.  My father was right there, but could not save her son. Last night I found myself involved in a similar situation where in my dreams I was screaming out for my daddy. I was being attacked by a group of men that were attempting to rape me. I could see my father but he could not save me.

This sequence of dreams made me think about how many times we have screamed out for our Daddy in the heavens to save us, but He could not.  Not that He is unable, because our God is capable of all things, but because it may be something that we are are going through that is necessary.  How do we react to our outcry for help when it goes unanswered?  “They looked for help, but no one came to their rescue. They even cried to the LORD, but he refused to answer.” (2 Samuel 22:42 NIV)

I evaluated the many times in my life that I have called on the Lord to rescue me from a particular situation only to realize that if He would have saved me there was a lesson that I may not have learned.  I have currently been going through a difficult time in my life with confronting frustrations, stress, uncertainty, and feeling overwhelmed. I went to church, fasted, read my Bible (a little bit), and was an avid tither. So where was the help I needed for peace of mind “As for me, I look to the LORD for help? I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear.” (Micah 7:7 NIV)

I was confident my Daddy heard my cry, so why oh Lord have I not felt any different? Frustrations continued to rise, stress gradually mounted and it seemed the only thing certain was my uncertainty.  I had to realize that just because God did not save me the way I think I should have been saved does not mean that He is not a present force in my life.  I cried out for my biological father to save me from being attacked because I could see him.  However, I have to call on my spiritual father to save me from these unseen attacks by the enemy!

Dear Daddy,

Please continue to save me from all the attacks from the enemy that I can see, and those that I cannot.  Give me an understanding heart to allow me to realize when I do not need to be saved through certain situations but learn how to go through them.  Thank You Daddy for blessing me even when I am close to giving up. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to press on despite the way things look.  Your current pain will NOT compare to the magnitude of blessings that are around the corner.  Continue to call on Him and trust that He hears every word but the trial is a must!   

How do you remain encouraged even when it seems that God is not answering?

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Delayed Not Denied!


Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license.  Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults.  She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients.  Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

God's Protection, Trusting God, Worry

Throwback Thursday: But It’s Okay Right Now

It’s Throwback Thursday! This EmpowerMoment was originally published on May 12, 2011. Enjoy this blast from the past!

During the evening of the worse tornado event in the history of Alabama, my daughter and I were in our living room on the lookout for the storm. The mood in the room was pretty tense with the news channel in the background, windows cleared for view of what was to come, sirens blaring, the bathroom cleared out for us to take shelter when prompted, and friends over that were taking precautions as well.

My daughter has an extreme affinity for bubbles. So she asked, “Mommy can I go outside and blow my bubbles.” Being the Mom and alert of what was about to take place in the atmosphere, I kindly replied, “No Dear, the weather is getting bad. A tornado is coming.” In her most innocent and serious voice, she replied, “But it’s okay right now, Mom.” Those of you that know my daughter are not shocked by this quick, rationalized response from a three-year old, but I saw past her statement. “But it’s okay RIGHT now.” Immediately God shared with me that we spend so much time preparing for the worst and worrying about tomorrow that we forget to recognize, “It’s okay right now.”  Thinking of my personal and spiritual life, I wondered how many times and how much energy have I wasted worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet. God tells us a few things in His word about missing out on today due to worrying about tomorrow:

  • Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.” (AKJV) Don’t spend your time being restless and anxious about your future…think about the moment. “It’s okay right now.”
  • Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NIV) I am known for welcoming Thursday’s stress on the Monday prior instead of allowing God to handle my storms.
  • Matthew 6: 25a “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…” (NIV) Jesus shares not to worry about the most important thing such as your life to the least important, your clothes. He’s got it covered. You just focus on today.“It’s okay right now.”
  • Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” (NLT) When we keep our minds on God, we strengthen our faith in trusting He will handle the things to come.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being a shield of protection when I can’t see what’s in front of me. Thank You for taking care of the beginning and the end of all of my concerns. Lord, help me to stop and see Your blessings in this day and not to waste my time on things I cannot handle, predict, or fix ahead of time. Teach me to stop and smell the roses. Time is a gift that can’t be relived, so thank You Lord for granting me with a new opportunity each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Sister, today I EMPOWER you to stop worrying about things you don’t think will go right or your issues about tomorrow. Stop for a moment to smell the roses and realize “It’s okay right now.”  I may not have money for my bill on Friday, but “I’m okay right now.” I may not have the spouse I want, but “I’m okay right now.” I don’t have the “things” that I think I want, but Lord in this moment I recognize my blessings and “I’m okay right now.” Don’t get caught up in worrying about the next step and forget about this moment’s blessings. God reminds us that “All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) With this in mind, focus on the moment…“It’s okay right now.”

Dedicated to my daughter who always reminds me to stop and smell the roses. “From lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.” (Psalms 8:2 NIV)

What are you spending time worrying about? Vow today to stop!

Read a Related EmpowerMoment: It’s Too Heavy


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.

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

Anxiety, Comfort, Pain, Prayer, Spirit of Fear, Stress, Trials, Worry

Speed Dial or Backup?

I had it all planned out, my EmpowerMoment about the Olympics, but alas it will have to wait for another day. As I drafted thoughts and intermittently checked Facebook, I noticed that I had a message. Nothing unusual, right? The person was asking me if I was indeed related to the person she was asking about. Since no details were in the message, I confirmed that the person was my brother but wondered why she was asking. It was as if my heart sunk before I got the answer. I was feeling like Diana Ross in The Wiz, “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News.” She said, “You need to call the hospital…” First I was angry because I had to find this out on Facebook and was upset that no one in my family called me, but as I spoke to them I realized that this incident just happened and they hadn’t yet made it to the hospital. I called several people but no one answered. I called the hospital, but they didn’t know anything. I immediately went into panic mode. Here I am hundreds of miles away and couldn’t do a single thing. I felt absolutely powerless.

Talking about it would make me feel better so I dialed and dialed but no one picked up. Why wasn’t anyone answering my phone calls? Exasperated, I decided well maybe I should talk to God.  The problem with this was instead of God being my first point of contact, I was making Him my alternative. Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6 NIV) Unlike me or any of the people that I was calling, God is omnipresent and omniscient. He had the ability to listen to my prayers and be with me while also taking care of my brother many miles away. What I didn’t know He already knew.  I took a moment to cry out to God about it and ask Him for healing, peace, comfort and intervention. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah (Psalms 3:4 KJV)

Here I was with immediate access to Jesus. I didn’t have to go through a priest. I didn’t have to depend on anyone else because I know how to pray; yet, instead of using the main line, I was seeking comfort in others. My brother was ferociously attacked, but he is alive and for that I’m thankful.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

In our human nature it is easy to reach out to others instead of reaching up to God. He is never too busy to respond. As a matter of fact, He wants to hear from us. He yearns to be our source of comfort and relief if we would only turn to Him. You may find yourself in a similar situation. Things are going awry and you are busy dialing everyone’s number but your Heavenly Father’s. While He knows already, He still wants to hear from you. Your heart is anxious and you are worrying about a situation where you have no control. My situation involved a family member but yours may be career, kids, finances, relationships or addictions. Whatever the situation is, know that you don’t have to handle it alone. As the old song use to say, “Jesus on the main line, tell Him what you want. Call Him up and tell Him what you want.”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for direct access. Lord, help me to remember that You are not my backup but to keep You on speed dial. I am grateful that You are an answerer of prayers and that when I call You hear me. Relieve my anxiety and provide strength in my weakness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to simply make your requests known to God. Make calling Him your first priority. Put all of your trust and hope in Him and He will hear your prayers.

Has God had to remind you to seek Him first in times of trouble? Share your story with us.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Come And Talk To Me


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.”

Completion, Direction/Guidance, Faith, Inspirational, Motivation, Persistance, Strength, Trusting God, Worry

Don’t Give Up Now

Almost exactly a year ago, (wow, just realized this) I wrote a blog post entitled “Waterproof”. It was about being uprooted from my norm and comfort zone and following my husband along the  journey he always hoped for. I supported him from day one, but was reluctant to move until God revealed to me the confirmation to go. What I have remembered throughout this year is the confirmation that God gave me on the first Sunday at our new church. The sermon came from the exact scripture written in my blog post, “God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”(Genesis 12:1-3). The part I hold dear, is that God said He would “bless” me. That means, our needs would be met and all stumbling blocks will become stepping stones to God’s blessings, even if it doesn’t look like it.

About a month ago I started doubting. I awoke in despair thinking, “Lord, our funds are starting to get low, we have a baby on the way, and nothing in our near future is certain.” I went straight to my Word, knowing that God would speak to me, and that He did! I went to  Deuteronomy Chapter 1 and there God showed me two things: 1) Not to give up and 2) what will happen if I do.

In this story, God told Moses to lead the Israelites to a land that He was giving them to possess (Kadesh Bernea). The interesting thing about this country was that it was not easy to get to, it was on the top of a hill (don’t miss that). God commanded them through Moses to go “up” and take possession of the land. God even reminded them,Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 1:21 NIV)

Have you ever had God tell you to take on a task and then the enemy enters in whether it’s through an innocent friend, a financial situation, or a health distraction? You then start to take matters into your own hands.

That’s just what the Israelites did.  Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.” They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol and explored it. Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.” (Deuteronomy 1:22-25 NIV)

This is why it is so important to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) Once the Israelites decided to do this, God revealed to Moses that they doubted God’s promises. They sent out spies to “check it out” to make sure that the land was as good as God said it was because previously the people were doubting and shouting that God “tricked” them.

But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You grumbled in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.” (Deuteronomy 2:26-27 NIV) This is how the devil gets into your mind. He causes you to think the simplest distractions are denials.

God showed me that if I lose my faith, the following will happen:

Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”  In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.  When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: “No one from this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your ancestors… (Deuteronomy 2:29-35 NIV)

I do not want to doubt when I know God said He will carry me through! I don’t want to miss what He has for me.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving me Your promise and when I began to doubt, thank You for speaking to me through Your Word, reminding me that You PROMISED in the beginning that this was Your will; therefore I will not lack for what I need and You will get the glory. I am thankful beyond words because You specifically gave me this word to encourage me to continue on the path You have given my family. I love You Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Girlfriend, I EMPOWER you to listen to God’s voice. If God told you “xyz” and it begins to look differently than what you imagined remember this: “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. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)  “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34 NIV)

Are you waiting on a breakthrough from God but feel like you are at your wit’s end? What tips do you use to remain encouraged? Share with us in the comment section below.


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 energetic four-year old daughter. They attend Vaughn Forest Church.  Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Anxiety, Co-Workers, Encouragement, Family, Inspirational, Prayer, Relationships, Spiritual Therapy, Stress, Time Management, Worry

It’s Too Heavy

Left Side: “I need to send that email.” Right side: “I can’t believe he hurt me like that.” On My Back: “What time does the store open I need to stop there before work.”  Left side: “I need to look for apartments for my client.” Right Side: “Lord, I need to say a prayer for my family.” On My Back: “My co- worker asked me to pray for her too.” Flip pillow over: “I have to fill out paperwork for my 2nd job”. Ring Ring Ring: It’s my alarm, but I have been up for hours tossing and turning from one side to another…

I can’t sleep.  Those who know me, know sleeping is one of my favorite things to do.  For some reason, lately no matter how bad I want to or how much I try, I just can’t.  I’m tired, frustrated, irritated, and disgusted.  I used to hear older people say, “Lord, give me peace of mind”, but I did not realize how important it was until I didn’t have it.  My spirit and mind were not at peace.

 “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:5-8 KJV)

Sometimes it is so easy to say let go and let God.  It’s not hard to utter the words. The difficult task comes in actually doing it.  Sometimes the load gets so heavy we just feel like we need to help God out a bit.  But God doesn’t need our assistance; He is God all by Himself.  At times we get so caught up in other people’s stuff, not just our own.  We take on tasks of trying to heal our family’s pain, mend our friends’ heart break, be our children’s personal encourager, and our co-workers’ project manager.  Ever feel like you are busy being everything to everybody, and there’s no one to be anything to you? That’s how I feel.  I pour out and I worry about everyone else and no one cares about ME…but God…

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and be deceitful men shall not live out half their days: but I will trust in thee.” (Psalm 55:22-23 KJV)

Trust in the Lord. Allow Him to have your burdens.  He has defeated all your enemies before the fight even began.  At times it is easy to be overwhelmed and feel that we have more than we can bear and too much on our plates.  You will continue to feel that way if you are unable to cast your cares on the Lord! I still feel this unrest in my spirit, but I have a better understanding of how to conquer it.

“Come onto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

 I come before You seeking peace.  I pray that You will allow me to give You the burdens that I carry for myself as well as everyone else.  Daddy, I thank You for making me the type of person that is concerned with all Your children, but give me the spirit of discernment so that I am not consumed by it. Daddy, I turn ALL the things that I cannot handle over to You.  I know that all things work according to Your will.  I take my hands off of my problems and replace them with Yours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to know that God will take care of the all the problems you have. Whatever is keeping you up at night, turn it over to Him.  Put your trust in God that He will take care of you as he has always done. I EMPOWER you to encourage others to know God and allow Him to help them lighten their load.

Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license.  Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults.  She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients.  Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Faith, God's Protection, God's Provisons, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Trust, Trusting God, Worry

The Source of My Confidence

“…On what are you basing this confidence of yours?…On whom are you depending…?” (2 Kings 18:19-20 NIV)

Ladies, today I challenge you to search your soul and ask yourself: “Where does my confidence come from?  On whom or what do I depend?”  When faced with a challenge, most of us will declare that our confidence is in God, but let’s be honest.  Where does your confidence really lie?  Is it your money (or his)? Your talent?  Your status?  Your appearance?  Your education?  Is it in YOU?

The source of our confidence can usually be traced to the things or people that we first look to when an issue or matter arises.  When your finances, your family, your livelihood, and your beliefs are under attack, where do you look first?  Do you go to your secret closet and seek the Lord or do you call your girlfriends, your money source, or layout your resume`, thinking, “They don’t know me!”  Again, “On what are you basing this confidence of yours? On whom are you depending?”

In Chapter 18 of 2nd Kings, we find that the people of God have their confidence challenged by the King of Assyria.  “Do not let Hezekiah deceive you.  He cannot deliver you from my hand.  Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us.’” (2 Kings 18:29-30 NIV)  In this passage, Judah is under attack because Hezekiah, the King of Judah, has rebelled against the King of Assyria by continuing to worship God rather than the king.  When Hezekiah hears the king’s challenge, his first response is to go to the temple and to seek Isaiah the prophet (2 Kings 19:1-2). Although afraid, and though he could have easily responded with his own power as king, Hezekiah chooses to make God his source.

Like Hezekiah, as women of God, our confidence must always rest in God.  When things are going well, we must boast in the Lord and recognize that nothing good dwells in us apart from God. (Romans 7:18)  When we are faced with challenges, the same confidence that we have in God must remain with as we learn to endure.  Throughout the Bible, “we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses” who can attest that there is no better source of confidence than our Lord and Savior. (Hebrews 12:1)  We can look to Job, the Hebrew boys, Daniel, Hannah, Ruth, Rahab, and even Hezekiah to find examples of those whose faith and confidence rested in God.  When we examine their lives, we can see that their confidence was not in vain.  They are a testament that when our confidence is in the right place, God always shows up and shows out!

Dear Daddy,

We thank You for being our source of confidence.  Help us to seek You first in all things.  Help us to know that nothing that we have is good unless it is blessed by You.  During both good times and bad, teach us to boast and trust only in You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to place your confidence in God.  Know that He never fails.  And when people ask, “On whom do you depend,” proudly respond, “The Lord is the source of my confidence!”

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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)

Stress, Worry

Too Blessed To Be Stressed…NOT!

I have not had a full night’s sleep all week. I have been going to bed at my regular time around 10p.m. but wake up at 2:30 a.m. not being able to go back to sleep.  The first and second nights I went into prayer.  In the past, God awakened me from my sleep to pray for someone or if he needed to speak to me through His word. I would quickly submit. The third night I prayed but to be perfectly honest was annoyed.  Last night, my exact words were, “Lord, you GOT to be kidding me!”  Not getting any sleep all week had truly gotten to me and I had had enough!  I talked to a friend and she asked me, “Are you sure that God is waking you up?”

I had to admit that I did not know.  The more I thought about the question, the clearer it became.  Previously when God awakened me, the day went better.  I was full of energy and in peace.  This whole week, I have been sluggish, irritable, and have had terrible headaches.  My body is tense and seems like my thoughts are completely scattered.

“The Blessing of the Lord, brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it!” (Proverbs 10:22 NIV)  The privilege to be awakened by God so that He can talk to you, feed your spirit, be intimate with you is a BLESSING.  What I have been feeling is NOT of God.

I did not want to admit that I was under stress because as a SAVED, BLESSED woman of GAWD, I’m not supposed to experience stress.  You all know the saying, “I’m too blessed to be stressed!”  Lately, I have been under some stress.  My school is being phased out so I will be laid off at the end of the school year.  Finances are strained and in addition to those things I’ve been dealing with bouts of loneliness.  I allowed my issues of the day to become my terrors of the night, instead of speaking life and peace to my situation.  I hadn’t called out what was going on in my life, not wanting to complain. Remember, “I’m too blessed to be stressed!”  However the Bible says,  “Cast all your cares upon him, because he cares for you…” (1Peter 5:7 KJV)

We have the tendency to just accept things that happen to us saying, “God’s will be done…” or “Everything happens for a reason…”  Yes, those cliché’s ring true sometimes, however, Gods’ will is NOT for you to be stressed or full of anxiety.  God’s will is NOT for you to have sleepless nights.  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid…” (John 14:27 KJV)  If you are experiencing stress or anxiety in your life, DO NOT ignore it!   Call out your situation for what it is.  Don’t accept that you’re supposed to deal with it because, “You’re too blessed to be stressed!”   CONFRONT the stress, use God’s word to speak to the stress, “… Greater is HE that is within ME, than he that is in the world…” (1John 4:4b KJV)  Yes, even blessed people experience stress, however, the blessing is we can speak to our stress and something has to happen.  God either will change the situation or He will change us so that we can deal with the situation.  Either Way, PRAISE GOD!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being our daddy, our protector, our defender, our comforter, our everything.  I thank You that I can cast my cares on You and that You hear me when I call.  I understand that You never said that I would never be stressed or there would never be trouble but, I praise You that You are always with me to help me through every situation I encounter.  I bind insomnia right now in the name of Jesus.  I will not experience another sleepless night due to stress.  I loose the peace of God that passeth all understanding right now.  I know that You are sovereign and that You are in control of EVERY situation.  [Expose what is stressing you here]  Now that I have exposed what is stressing me, father, I  ask that You remove these stressors or change me so that I may able to deal with these stressors as they are without having feelings of anxiety, bitterness, or hopelessness.  I thank You because Your will is perfect and EVERYTHING works together for my good because I love You and am called according to Your purpose.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to say the above prayer OUT LOUD and confront your stress!  Call it out then speak the Word of God to it!

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.”

Faith, God's Promises, God's Protection, Spirit of Fear, Spiritual Therapy, Trusting God, Worry

Stranger in My House

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)

The day after Christmas I walked into my house and to my surprise my back door was open. I immediately grabbed my daughter and my niece, jumped in the car and sped away. I was hysterical, I called the police, I called my husband and then I called my family. Everyone pulled up to my house at the same time. My brothers ran in the house because they wanted to see if the burglars were still there. I was so upset and frightened. I couldn’t understand who would violate me and come into my house without an invitation. I had not slept for a week trying to figure out who had been in my house. I asked myself, “Was it Facebook, Twitter, haters or someone who had been in my home? Who was it?” I came up with nothing. ADT installed an alarm and I still didn’t feel safe. There was a stranger in my house!

I consulted God and I didn’t ask Him why it happened but I was thankful that I wasn’t home and no one was hurt. I started to pray and ask God, “What lesson am I supposed to learn? What are You trying to tell me?” But instead, I told God “I understand that a stranger had been in my house and has violated my family, but what now? What do you do when the enemy attacks you in this way? I know I need to pray but what do I do today?”  There was a stranger in my house!

I remembered writing an EmpowerMoment entitled “It Takes a Storm to Prove How Strong Your House Is.” I reflected and thought about how I am always focusing on making sure my family is together, my marriage is working, my child is developing normally and my bills are paid. I forgot about keeping the outside out of my house together. I forgot about making sure that “my house” was in order inside and out. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1Peter 5:8 NIV) This time the storm came in my house uninvited and violated my private space, so how was I going to overcome this?

So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. (James 4: 7-10 MSG)

At first I was defensive and had to remind God that I prayed, submitted myself to Him and didn’t play games when it came to His things. However, I had to go deeper to realize what God was telling me. God sent an angel, a real-life angel, on a prayer call that confirmed what God was telling me. She told me how God wanted me to be desperate for Him and how He was desiring that I seek Him more. God knew I wasn’t stressing about the materialistic part of the burglary, but I was tripping about the violation I felt. There was a stranger in my house!

After nearly a month I finally got it! God is trying to make me desperate for Him so that there will be no room for uninvited guests. Not just burglars but people coming into my life that are not welcomed or invited. You know– the dream killers, the gossipers, the naysayers, the haters, the frienemies, the borrowers but never the lenders, the people that suck the life out of you–you know the type. God wants me at a place that I am too full of Him to be violated. God is elevating me to a place that He is my security and my ADT system. He wants me to seek Him for everything, big or small.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6 KJV)

I was in a place where no one or no thing could calm my nerves but God. He wants me at this place ALL the time. God wants us as women of God to become desperate for Him so we don’t allow strangers to come in our house (mind, spirit and soul) uninvited. God wants us to not allow people, thoughts, material things or sins to steal what is ours- Salvation! There WAS a stranger in my house!

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for protecting me and my family always. God, I thank You for teaching me to trust and depend on You for everything. God continue to guide my footsteps so I wont allow the devil, who is a stranger in my life, to come in and take anything from me. God, I thank You for being exactly who I need You to be, what I need You to be, and whenever I need You to be it. God, I thank You for bringing me to a place of desperation so I can know you are everything that I need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Bold Women of God, I EMPOWER you to become desperate for God so strangers can’t enter into your physical, mental or spiritual home and rob you of your blessings, dreams, deliverance, breakthroughs or healings. I dare you to submit yourselves to God and watch Him work. I EMPOWER you to resist the devil so he can flee. Don’t give negativity another minute of your life and you will also be able to stand bold and say, “There was a Stranger in my house!”

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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “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” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”