Encouragement, Faith, God's Promises, God's Provisons, Inspirational, Prayer

He Hears You

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.  (I John 5:14-15 NIV)

How many times have you heard or read the verse above? God is telling you that if you ask, He hears you. How powerful is that?!  The God of the universe will hear you when you come to Him.

The question now is: do you trust Him enough to really ask for what your heart desires, or are you praying “safe” prayers?  Is there something bubbling in your heart, but you are unsure how everything will work out?  What if I told you that God cannot fail, that He has a perfect record and that 10 times out of 10 He is able to come through for you. Would you believe me?  The problem with many Christians (me included) is we allow doubt to come into our prayer lives.  Essentially what we are saying, whether we want to admit it or not, is “can God really do this”? 

Last September, my best friends and I started a journey to seek God more diligently and most importantly stretch our faith.  We called the journey Radical 7even; we are purposely pushing ourselves to take God at His Word.  We are almost a year in, and in this time I have started a new job, relationship, and bought a new car.  I had to step out on faith in each area of my life, which can seem like a daunting task.  Anytime we try something new, it feels odd to us.  There were many times doubt did try and overtake me, but in those moments I would stand on God’s Word.  When you are in a season of allowing God to have His way in all areas of your life, the devil will attack your thoughts. The most important thing to do is have His Word near.  You might need to write scriptures down on note cards and carry them around with you.  Put declarations around your home and say them aloud each morning when you arise and before you sleep. Saturate your life with His Word and watch how it will manifest!

Radical 7even made me challenge my faith level and it gave me an outlet to document the wonders God has done in my life.  I would like to encourage everyone not only to write the vision down that God has given you, but also document the journey.  Many times we overlook how far we have come because it doesn’t seem as monumental in hindsight.  Do not fall into that trap!  Every step towards God and away from where you were is monumental.  Celebrate the journey as much as the destination.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for hearing and answering my prayers.  Help me to seek You in radical ways; I do not want to have a mediocre life.  I want the life Your Son died to give me. Whenever I feel afraid, bring Your Word to encourage me.  Keep me near You and help me not to falter.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to become radical about your faith!  Faith has no power until we act on God’s Word.

Share a time when you displayed radical faith with us below.

Please allow this song to bless you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK3BW7iH-88

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Ms. Renee` N. Chaffin is a single mother who has a heart for helping those less fortunate. She has been active in the non-profit sector, whether through volunteerism or professionally, for the past six years.  She is passionate about sharing the love of God, her testimony and empowering people to discover their true potential that was bestowed on them by King of the Universe. Renee` is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. While on her pursuit of higher education, she is on a seven year journey to challenge God to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly above all she can imagine’ in seven areas over the next seven years. Check out her journey at http://radical7even.wordpress.com. Her favorite scripture is I Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

 

Encouragement, Inspirational, Trials

Who Can I Run To?

And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. (Mark 5:25-27 KJV)

She was all out of options.  She told everyone she knew and went to doctor after doctor, but still there was no medicine that could make her well.  Sadly, she spent all of her money in search of a cure, but none was to be found.  I’m quite sure that everyone knew of her condition and she was utterly embarrassed; however, she held out hope that maybe just maybe He could make this issue right.  She had absolutely no one else to run to.

So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (I Samuel 30:3-6 KJV)

He was in total anguish.  Not only were his wives taken, but the wives and children of his supporters as well as all of their stuff were taken by their enemies.  The people wanted to kill him because they had lost it all.  How could this have happened when he was abiding by the Word of God?  He was the leader and he had no one to run to and tell about his situation so he spoke life into himself.

Can you find yourself in either of these situations?  You have an issue and no matter how many friends and family members you call you can’t get any resolve.  You just don’t know what to do and what direction to take.  You’ve tried on your own and put faith into things and people but still come up empty or maybe you have lost it all.  In these hard economic times, some of you have lost homes that you have been paying mortgages on for many years.  All of the car payments that you’ve made for the past few years seem to be in vain as the dealership calls with threats of repossession.  The cost of gas, groceries and other basic necessities are rising and you don’t know how you are going to make ends meet.

Perhaps your situation is even more personal.  I know that I am pretty tired of expressing to my friends that I desire companionship and want to be married with children.  I feel as though I sound like a broken record.  My current financial battles seem embarrassing knowing where I started.  Trying to figure out the best treatment or solution for my mother’s care is even more stressful because I feel as though I am all out of options and everything I want to do is just not possible.  My car is not working and I am ready to move.  I got issues!  Have I talked to God?  Certainly!

What’s your issue?  Is it love, money, health, career, family drama?  Although our current situations can seem too much to bear, we have to be relentless in our prayer and fasting.  Like the woman with the issue of blood, we must press our way through to Jesus and be determined that no matter how long it takes we are going to reach Him.  He is going to deliver but we need patience knowing that His timing is the best timing.  David was able to encourage himself because He knew the Word and Promises of God.  David wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalms 119:11)  We have to saturate ourselves in the Word of God so that in times when we can’t get to the Bible we are still able to recall what God has promised us!

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (II Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being a God who never fails. You tell us in 2 Corinthians 1:20 that your promises are yea and Amen.  Forgive me for not running to You and Your Word and instead seeking answers from those who simply cannot provide resolution.  Father, when You choose to use others to provide me with wisdom let me be able to sort out those who have Godly wisdom opposed to those who are just flapping their gums.  Daddy, help me with my endurance knowing that if I am patient that this too shall pass.  Thank You for allowing me to run to You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to run to the arms of the one who loves you!  He knows what is best for you and knows the ending of a thing before you know the beginning.  The trials and tribulations that you face exist to draw you closer to Him and to build up your faith.  Know that He is always open and never too busy to hear from You.

 Are you currently facing a situation and it seems as if you don’t see a way out?  How do you remain encouraged?  Share your story with us below.

 Read a related EmpowerMoment:  A Letter From the Editor

 This EmpowerMoment was inspired as I listened to Xscape’s “Who Can I Run To?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2gzEjt3BBA

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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.”

Faith, Joy, Stress, Trials, Trusting God

If You Hold On, Joy Will Come

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalms 30: 50 NIV)

I was talking to a friend and she was talking about how every bill is due, how her mate is not acting right and how she is stressed in every area of her life. I first thought about encouraging her with faith, but I discuss faith so much I’m sure she could have recited the scriptures for me. I prayed and decided to ask her a question. I asked, “Have you ever been without anything to eat?” She responded, “No.” I asked her, “Have you ever not had a place to live?” She again responded, “No.” I asked her, “Even if you were unemployed, who made a way for you?” She responded, “God.” So I asked her, “What is the difference now?”  She didn’t have an answer. My answer for her: “If you hold on, joy will come!”

After this conversation I started doing a little reflecting on where I had been in my life and I realized I am blessed. Of course, I didn’t just realize that, but I was thinking about previous things I had been through.  I don’t want you to think that it is ok to dwell on the past but sometimes when you are going through something it is easy to become discouraged. Reflecting on how God has made a way so many times before is essential while you are going through a trying time.

You may have a loved one that is battling an addiction (drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, etc). I don’t want you to give up on them. If God has kept them this long, He can and will heal them. When God heals your loved one they will be free indeed. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36 NIV) Don’t give up because all seems hopeless. If you hold on, joy will come.

You may be depressed about your life because it has not turned out like you thought it should. They may have thoughts of suicide or harming others. I want you to remember that God has not put more on you than you can bear. No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it (1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG) Whatever is going on in your mind that is not like God remember if you hold on, joy will come.

You may be battling with marriage or relationship issues. Don’t give up because you are invested and God is working it out. Don’t end your marriage because times are hard or finances are scarce. Remind yourself of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV) No one promised that love, relationships and marriage would be easy, but if God ordained the union it will work out for you. If you just hold on, joy will come.

Dear Daddy,

I want to thank You for protecting and comforting me when I felt like giving up. Thank You for being my joy after the turmoil in my life. God continue to mold me and encourage me when I’m discouraged. Lord, continue to bring back to my remembrance that trouble doesn’t last always and if I hold on joy will come! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to remember that trouble doesn’t last always. When issues come into your life, I want you to remember that the same way God saved your life so many times before, He’s working on your behalf right now. I EMPOWER you to smile through your tears because they are only temporary. If you just hold on, joy will come!

If you have been through a weeping phase, how did you handle your phase until your joy came? Share your story below.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness

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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor 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.”

Faith, Growth/Maturity, Restoration, Trusting God

A Divine Encounter

Then Job replied to the LORD “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42:1-6 NLT)

Read that scripture again slowly, not only that you may be EMPOWERED, but that you may have a personal encounter with the Great Divine. I really hope you can feel Him. Personally, this is where God has me and to be quite honest I have been here for a while. I have been saved and attending church for the past seven and half years. Until six months ago I was like Job; I, Lisa, knew NOTHING about God as I thought, but now I have seen Him with my OWN eyes! I’m still a student learning daily, but up until then I was just ‘moving’ along in my Christian walk.  I had lost sight of the divine majesty of God that I first experienced at conversion and I was not experiencing close encounters with Him like I desired or had in my past. I noticed that I was behaving with unrecognized shallowness, irreverence, and had a lack of respect for our Creator.

I was being religious with no relationship. You know going to church on Sundays, Bible study on Wednesdays, prayer on Fridays, reading my word, and trying to memorize as many scriptures as I possibly could. Even though I was doing all of those things and doing them for quite a while, I became spiritually dehydrated. I was serving God in my own strength. It was burning me out! On top of that I was beginning to become overwhelmed by the tasks of everyday life: My husband and I operate our household on one salary; he is working full-time and still looking for a job; we are house touring to purchase our first home (while staying in a realistic budget); I have to care for our two girls (eight and ten months old); keep up with house chores; AND be a wife. With all of this on me, one day I had a break down. I didn’t want to go to church, I wasn’t reading my Bible daily, and I was stuck in that rut for a month. Yes, it got that serious!

In retrospect, I understand that it was just the providence of God. Sometimes He allows us to go through some things so that we, like Job, will know exactly who the great I AM is. I realized that I was treating God like an option and not a priority. That’s when I told Him that I needed to experience an encounter with Him like never before. That day, September 23, 2011, the sweet Holy Spirit led me to this scripture in Job and whispered in my heart this: “He holds the world together and created the worlds with just His words, and yet sometimes you doubt His concern and power in the day to day situations you are facing. Lisa, He is more than simply a support system so that you can get through life with ease. He is the Great I Am, the Mighty One, the Counselor, and the Creator.” I immediately reacted by rebuking the devil because after all I knew who God was! I read most of my Bible, had all of the popular scriptures memorized, got a couple of answered prayers, and knew most of the clichés known for church going, word speaking, and Bible reading believers. Then, it hit me this WAS of God. I started praying from my heart. “Father, forgive me that I have not learned to trust Your bigness. I have used other things and people as a crutch in case You didn’t come through, rather than fully relying on You.” After saying this prayer with all of my heart, He filled the room with His presence and from that day forward I have truly placed Him first. It took me almost eight years to learn that God is not a backup plan to my plans. He alone is where my trust should be placed.

Even though this is where I am, I can tell you that getting here was not automatic for me.  I had to go through some things and it’s too much for me to list, but just like Paul I had to have an encounter with Jesus.  If you and I would really take a moment and meditate on how BIG God is and truly allow His Spirit to let us experience firsthand the revealed majesty of God, we will be transformed. Paul, Peter, and many others had the same experience once they’d experienced the revealed majesty of God’s splendor.

Dear Daddy,

We come and confess our awareness of our insignificance. You alone are the Faithful One who loves to redeem every situation and show Yourself to be strong. Forgive us for our lack of reverence. We thank You for our forgiveness that Jesus has made available for us. Now Father, as we read and say this prayer, I ask that You would restore a hundred fold our trust and confidence in You. Increase our faith. We thank You for Your presence because in it we are made whole. Now, exchange our hearts and fill us with Your Spirit so that we may live for You and give You glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to trust the bigness of God. Meditate on how big He is. When we do so, we are choosing to run to Him as our fortress. Choose to have full confidence in the ability of God to come through in your situation. He alone is the Faithful One who loves to redeem every situation and show Himself strong. Ask and expect to have a firsthand, divine encounter with Jesus as Paul did. I EMPOWER you to revel in His presence and watch how He reveals Himself to you!

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Broken but Repairable

Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL.  Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

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!”

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Blinded by What I See 

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)

God's Love, God's Mercy, God's Protection, Inspirational, Restoration

Broken but Repairable

Hey girl,

I have been waiting on the right words to apologize about missing my EmpowerMoment. I felt and feel horrible, but I prayed and asked God to show me my downfalls and my issues and why would I neglect His business. This is what He revealed to me: The week you called me, you know the week it was due, I was spiritually broken. I know that sounds weird, but it wasn’t by default that you called me but I didn’t know what was wrong, so I couldn’t tell you anything. I felt a spirtutal disconnect and it was something I haven’t felt since preaching or being saved. I felt like I couldn’t catch my groove to pray and talk to God or I couldn’t focus on the Word. Real talk, it scared me. That week my past resurfaced and I felt like I wasn’t ready for the past to come back to haunt me. I had an outer body experience, meaning I felt out of my spiritual body. I went to church that Sunday and didn’t perform any of my duties because I couldn’t bring myself to speak over God’s people messed up and distorted. I couldn’t submit an EmpowerMoment and give someone that negative energy. I felt so alone that week! Girl, I never want to be without God’s presence! I had to really go into worship and assure myself, not God, that I know I was chosen, that I know I am peculiar and that I know that being apart of Christian families such as EmpowerMoments is my birthright. I will never ever let a feeling or anything separate me from the love of God! Sorry, this is so long but know that you were made for this. I don’t know if you knew why you were checking on me, but God sent you to protect the women that you have invested your time, patience and energy in! Thank you and know that you are my sister friend. I heart u!

This is a letter I wrote a few weeks ago because something weird was going on with me. I really was questioning every part of my life- spiritual and natural. I felt as if I was falling apart and I didn’t know what to do. I realized that I was broken and feeling a disconnection from God. I’m talking about being lonely; when it feels like God is not listening, it’s a horrible feeling. My bills were paid and my health was good but I was lonely, sad and I didn’t think anyone understood what I was going through. I realized I was broken.

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the LORD came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. (Jeremiah 18: 1-6 NIV)

Just when I thought God was giving up on me, He showed me He is the potter and I am the clay. That He molds me just as the potter molds clay. God is working to create a masterpiece-ME! He is molding me to become the person He needs me to be. Even when I felt my lonliest, He had never left my side. He promised me, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrew 13:5a KJV)

I see myself as a priceless piece created by God and sometimes a piece of me is chipped or cracked, but God being the potter always has the equipment to easily fix my broken pieces. As women of God, who do we think we are that we can stay broken and give up and quit? I now realize that I was broken, but repairable. I didn’t know how I was going to get out of my funk, but God already had a plan for my life. Even when you can’t see God and you think you can’t feel Him, remember He is right there putting your broken pieces back together again. Remember you are broken but repairable!

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for being my Potter! Thank You for always being there to put my pieces back together again. Thank You, God, for never giving up on me. God, as you enlarge my territory, teach me to depend on You for everything and to always remember that You are always there for me. Teach me to not want to give up when things become tough, but to depend on You and to always remember I may be broken, but I am repairable! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Women of God, I EMPOWER you to allow God to be the potter and mold you into the masterpiece that He wants you to be. Even when things get tough, remember that God is there all the time. Remember that the devil wants you to believe that you are worthless and you are disconnected from God (LIES!!) Even though you may be broken today, remember you are repairable!

Read a related EmpowerMoment: The Potter’s House

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.”

God's Promises, God's Protection, Trusting God

I Got You

After watching Whitney Houston’s powerful homegoing celebration, I’ve reflected on Pastor Marvin Winans’ sermon.  He had several “Hallelujah” moments; however, there was one moment that stayed with me.   When he talked about the goodness of God and how God is always there for us, he broke it down in a way that we all could understand.  He said God would simply tell us, “I Got You.”

I’ve had friends and family tell me, “I Got You” during occasions where I may have forgotten something or didn’t have what I needed. I have been there for someone else and said those same words.  We trust family and friends when they say those words.  We say ‘okay’, and we don’t worry anymore about it; but, when it comes to our Heavenly Father, it’s hard for us to be patient when God is saying to us, “I Got You.”

The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you. (Psalms 32:8 NLT)

I took that phrase and applied it to the different areas in my life.  I started thinking about my financial situation and then I heard God say, “I Got You.”  I took all my years of foolish relationships and now while I pray for a husband, I can hear God say, “I Got You.”  I’m smiling right now because I feel His presence and His touch telling me, “I Got You.”

 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. (Psalms 62:6 NLT)

No eye has seen no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)

Dear Daddy,

As I travel in this season, continue to help me grow in Your word, to obey You and trust You.  When I want to give up, speak to me, so I will stand strong and wait on You.  You’re my everything God and I love You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to believe God when He says, “I Got You.”  No matter what your situation may be, He wants to overwhelm you with His goodness and amaze you with His faithfulness!  Repeat this daily: My latter shall be greater than my former because I trust You Lord and I will not be moved by what I see.

And God says, “I GOT YOU!”

Ms. Hassanah White is a dedicated member of Faith Walkers Church in Birmingham, Alabama where their motto is to “Walk it out by Faith.”  She also serves as a member of the Praise Dance Ministry.  Hassanah is a true professional in the realm of marketing and customer service.  She’s a proud mother of a very energetic little boy named Jaden.  Hassanah believes laughter and prayer are the best medicines for any situation.  Her favorite scripture 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, Health/Sickness, Trials, Trusting God

Blinded By What I See

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2 NIV

Confidence in what we hope for, that is the very definition of faith. Do you have confidence that God will provide you a way out of “no way,” that He will bring forth that dream that has been laying dormant in your mind? We sometimes are blinded by what we see in the natural. Our current circumstances block us from grasping hold of that vision that God has given us. More often than not, what happens is you are the only person that can see that vision. People think you are not being realistic, and some may not only be unsupportive, but try and hinder you from moving forward.

What are you visualizing in your life? A trouble child returning home? A call back from your dream job during a recession? Home ownership when everyone in your family is from the projects? Those are all things that in the natural seem impossible. God is glorified in the impossible, for HE is a GOD of impossible things! It was impossible for Mary, a virgin, to conceive a child yet through the Holy Spirit she gave birth to our Savior (Luke 1: 35-38). It was impossible for David to be King; in fact his father didn’t even call him in from the fields when Samuel was looking to anoint a new king (I Samuel 16:11-13). It was impossible for Jesus to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11). But Jesus raised Lazarus, a man dead and buried for four days! Are you trying to convince me that HE cannot do something amazing in your life today?

For over three months I have been following the story of a little girl named Starla who has AML Leukemia. She is a three-year-old little ray of sunshine in the life of her loving and devoted parents. On January 3, she was clinically dead for a few minutes (which must have felt like a lifetime for her parents), but she was revived and is currently in PICU as I write this EmpowerMoment. Why does this story matter? Because her parents were told that their little girl would not make it. In the natural all hope seemed lost, but in the face of adversity the family turned towards God and asked for prayers. Everyday her mother writes the most encouraging messages; everyday she stands on God’s Word. Her mother’s faith has grown this one child’s story into one that now 2,000 people are following on Facebook. Through this most difficult time in her life she is still glorifying GOD. The doctors told her that it was impossible for her daughter to live, but her little girl is still holding onto LIFE. Follow her progress: Team Starla Support Page

What are you holding onto, the promises of God or the words of mere men?

Dear Daddy,

We thank You for allowing us to come before You, because if we are able to pray to You it means You have sustained us for yet another day. Lord, sometimes our vision gets blurred by what we see in the natural but we ask the Holy Spirit to help us see all situations as You would have us to. When discouraged bring forth a Word to sustain us Lord. Help our situation bring You glory. Our entire existence is to do nothing more than that. Keep our minds stayed on that fact. We pray for others who are currently being attacked physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially and mentally and ask that You free them from their burdens. We praise You in advance for hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to train yourself to look beyond your current circumstances and see exactly what God is doing behind the scenes. Do not let this year be yet another year you claimed greatness only to be sidetracked by what you currently see around you. Faith is confidence in what we have hoped for. Be confident in God and in His Word for your life.

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Ms. Renee` N. Chaffin is a single mother who has a heart for helping those less fortunate. She has been active in the non-profit sector, whether through volunteerism or professionally, for the past six years.  She is passionate about sharing the love of God, her testimony and empowering people to discover their true potential that was bestowed on them by King of the Universe. Renee` is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. While on her pursuit of higher education, she is on a seven year journey to challenge God to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly above all she can imagine’ in seven areas over the next seven years. Check out her journey at http://radical7even.wordpress.com. Her favorite scripture is I Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

Anxiety, Spiritual Warfare, Stress, Trials, Trusting God, Worry

Are You Having A Spiritual Heart Attack?

All of a sudden I feel anxious, unproductive, frustrated, and on top of that seconds later I get a migraine! What in the world is going on with me?  Why am I feeling this way?  So many things  at once going through my mind: Where can I find a job?  When will I make enough to be able to live on my own? When will I be able to afford my own car? How can I put my gifts into action? I have all these business ideas, how will I start them? Thought after thought turns into question after question, which transforms into intense frustration!

Didn’t the Word promise that my God SHALL supply ALL my needs according to His riches and glory? (Phillipians 4:19) Didn’t God tell me He takes care of the grass in the field and the lilies? Neither one sows, nor builds His kingdom so what more will He do for me? (Matthew 6:25-30) Didn’t God also tell me IF I seek His kingdom and righteousness first, ALL things will be added to me? (Matthew 6:33) So why am I tripping?

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3 NLT) I’m tripping because for a moment I took my thoughts off Him, which caused my trust to drift, and my peace went with it! I know what just happened…I just had a spiritual heart attack! Naturally and spiritually, the heart is a major organ. When one is having a heart attack, there is a lack of blood flowing through the heart muscle to the heart. Lack/loss of blood causes dead tissues and this is called infarction. (Heart attacks are called cardiac infarctions) Let’s go spiritual…The heart gives life to the spirit. If there isn’t the right amount of faith (blood) flowing through the heart muscle to the heart, it causes dead thoughts (tissues). Once the mind is off Christ, one begins to experience spiritual heart attack symptoms like natural heart attack symptoms–demonic pressure (chest discomfort, mild pain), confusion (dizziness), difficulty confessing the word of God (coughing), spirit man uneasy (nausea), and sudden loss of faith (crushing chest pain).  In the midst of a spiritual heart attack, all we need to do is re-direct our focus to the Healer! He is able to heal spiritual heart attacks when we open up our mouths and confess His word! This brings Him on the scene immediately! In a faith fight, we must make declarations; this immediately shifts our focus back to the One who is able to do ANYTHING except fail.

Dear Daddy,

Please help me to TRULY keep my mind on You daily! Inspite of my current situations, please help me to understand that this is to develop me, not destroy me. Daddy, continually remind me that You know what You’re doing! (Jeremiah 29:10-11) Father, I desire to be all You want me to be in Your kingdom and I am willing to take the necessary steps to get there. I thank You that my faith in You stands and continues to grow! I EXPECT Your promises to manifest! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to walk by faith and not by sight! Remember your current situations are temporal and subject to change at any moment! Don’t cut off the Blood supply to your spirit! Today, strengthen your faith with PRAISE!

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Ms. Rodnisha L. Anderson resides in Chicago, IL and serves as an elder at Life Redeeming Ministries. She works diligently with the Singles and Intercessory ministries. She is married to the Lord and becomes whatever she needs to become to reach the people for the building of God’s kingdom. Rodnisha truly desires to witness successful single women thriving in the kingdom of God.  Her favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Blessings, Contentment, God's Promises, Gratefulness, Jealously, Patience, Trust, Trusting God

Dear God, What Are You Up To?

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1 NIV

Let’s have a real conversation; have you ever witnessed people who you knew were not living right being blessed? I am not talking about in the judgmental you are living like I think you should way, but people who confess out of their mouths that they either don’t believe in God or feel that they can live their life anyway they deem fit. They literally tell you, “I do whatever I want” and their lifestyle reflects that.

Now how do you feel when you hear all the absolutely wonderful things that are going on in their lives? Are you just a tad bit envious? Do you want to just have a private sit down with God and go over your resume`? “God remember back three months ago, when I didn’t have a lot of money and I still tithed? Remember when that woman at work talked bad about me and stole a promotion from me, how I prayed that she would be prosperous? Remember that?”

I am currently in a very envious state. I don’t want to admit it but I am. I have been purposely seeking God more, reading the Bible more, attending church, praying…all the things that people say should equal the magical formula of a blessing. You know the Christian math:

Prayer+ Faith =Blessing

Instead my math is looking a bit more like this:

Prayer+ Faith =…wait for it…wait for it…?????

I am still waiting on God for several things in my life. I pray for a good man. I pray for a better car. I pray for healing for a good friend.  Yet, I am still single. My car (although I am grateful for having transportation) is getting costly to repair when it breaks down because they are having trouble finding parts for an older model car. My friend is still dealing with several health challenges.

Truthfully, if I wanted to I could recount every single thing that is going wrong, or things that I am (not) so patiently waiting for God to change, but why would I? When we get into moments where we start to compare our blessings to other people’s blessings we are walking on very treacherous ground.

Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

 Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?” Job 38:1-5

Ladies, we may never know why God chooses to heal or not heal, to give financial windfalls or withhold, to give you a season or lifetime of singleness. As a woman of God, your task is not to try and figure out why or what God is doing in your life. Your task is to remain faithful, to be steadfast in His Word and cling to Your Father’s Hand. We have a testimony to the unbelievers when we continue to walk in righteous even when it seems like there is no earthly “benefit”. This world is not your home and your wisdom can never compete with your Father’s. When this life ends, who knows what God will reveal to you about your valley times. Maybe someone is watching you in your valley. That person might be hoping to see you succeed so they can believe that God will do the same for them. You rob that person of being encouraged by your efforts when you doubt, complain or even worse when you take certain earthly shortcuts to get what you think you need. The most important thing to remember is that God does everything for our good.

Dear Daddy,

Please keep me from comparing my life with those around me. Keep my hand in Your hands as I continue on this journey.  When I am confused, scared or upset guide me to Your Word that will help strengthen me. Thank You for never leaving me especially at my most vulnerable moments. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

Lovely Ladies of God, I EMPOWER you to remain faithful. You did not marry Christ for benefits, you married Him for love and just like in any marriage, there will be hardships. Remember, unlike an earthly marriage, your Husband is perfect; He has perfect wisdom and even more comforting, a perfect Love. 

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Ms. Renee` N. Chaffin is a single mother who has a heart for helping those less fortunate. She has been active in the non-profit sector, whether through volunteerism or professionally, for the past six years.  She is passionate about sharing the love of God, her testimony and empowering people to discover their true potential that was bestowed on them by King of the Universe. Renee` is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. While on her pursuit of higher education, she is on a seven year journey to challenge God to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly above all she can imagine’ in seven areas over the next seven years. Check out her journey at http://radical7even.wordpress.com. Her favorite scripture is I Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”