Five Minute Friday: Remedy

If a remedy is needed, something somewhere is broken, out of whack, or out of position in some way. I think it’s fair to say when something needs a cure or needs a fix, we often revert to a need for communication – clarity, understanding the other person, or understanding the different pieces involved.

Yes, communication is key… but not just verbally. It’s easy to say something, but how are we backing up what we speak. How are we living out what we claim to believe in? As I was searching for an image to go with this, I found the below picture and instantly thought about the fruits of the spirit (yes, there are more pills than fruits – bear with me… lol).

Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Maybe I’m naive, but for me I think a lot of things could be remedied (not sure if that’s a word) by walking out the fruits listed above. The next time you encounter a situation that tries your patience or frustrates you a bit, consider one of the fruits above as a response. Now, I’ll say this – it’s not about how the other person responds… but how do you feel? Is there a sense of peace in your spirit knowing that you responded to someone or something versus reacting. Your response, your answer, your remedy could or could not change the other party/factor, but for you, there is peace! But we should also remember that our response is a seed planted for God to water.

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Five Minute Friday: Broken

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” ~Romans 7:15-20~

I remember a time when I was so broken to the point it was as if I was torn between two worlds: Flesh and the Spirit. Listening to praise and worship and praying to God on one side… caving in to urges on the other.

How many of you understand the words of Paul in the passage above? Man! We shouldn’t dwell on our past to the point that it consumes or imprisons us, but often times I think back to where I once was – a Broken vessel, torn, depressed, tired, lost and confused, even dirty – much like the picture below.

Also, much like the picture above, the light was shining, the light never went away, but I had to choose to stand in its path. We all have to choose light over darkness.

I want to encourage someone wherever you are right now in your own pit of darkness, there’s a light shining for you too. Maybe you don’t see it, maybe you do, but feel you’re not worthy of it. I want you to know “In a desert land he [will find you], in a barren and howling waste. He [will shield you] and cared for [you], he [will guard you] as the apple of his eye.” ~Deuteronomy 32:10.

You don’t have to stay broken. There’s a God, a Heavenly Father, who will gladly put you back together again, and better than before.

I THANK GOD for loving me out of my brokenness, my darkness… into his Marvelous Light.

Blessings,

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Five Minute Friday: Green

I just want to encourage someone on this Friday night with a common saying that “God is still in the blessing business.”

Green = Growth (among other things). But today I will focus on growth. We’re still in the middle of this pandemic and thousands are still filing for unemployment, readjusting where possible. Many are in a place where they’re LITERALLY having to start over. If that’s you I want to remind you that we serve a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever more. However, he blessed you before, he is capable of doing that and then some even now. One thing I’ve learned is not to get too attached to things or even assignments. Everything has a season.

So consider where you are now as the beginning of a new season. Yes, it looks bleak, it may not seem like much. But don’t forget God has a way of turning small things into greater. Consider yourself as this flower surrounded by so many obstacles, yet somehow it’s managed to rise above and even bloom into something beautiful. Such is the same with you. Allow God to pour into you more of who he is and watch the beauty that springs forth in and through you!

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Five Minute Friday: Enable

Admittedly, I had to go to the dictionary to start the thinking process. So here’s a bit of encouragement for you this weekend.

In order to grow in something we have to feed a need. Feeding that need enables – or in my mind – it triggers other events, or it unlocks something. When we unlock one thing, something else gets set in motion, thereby enabling something new!

I’m a teacher of spiritual growth and development focused a lot on spiritual maturity. For years I used to say the common phrase, “That’s just who I am.” It’s been a process of unlearning some things and getting out of that mindset.

The more I got into the word, the more I enabled a new mindset. The verses that immediately come to mind are “create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) and “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).

One step, one action enables another. That’s how we keep from getting stagnant or complacent in something. So if by chance, you’ve been struggling with being stuck in a particular place, consider the fact that all it takes is ONE step to enable something new.

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Five Minute Friday: Observant

When I first saw the prompt word for this week, I thought. Observe with your eyes and ears.

Often times we consider the word ‘observe’ and sight or seeing probably comes to mind… something visual.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve learned to be observant, yes, in the visual sense, but also in what I hear and how people engage in conversations… which in a way is also kin to being discerning. Not everything is as it seems. Boy, oh boy. A lot of predators out here… wolves in sheep clothing. Often times we miss telltale signs because of an eagerness to do something, achieve something, or be a part of something. But in paying attention to people, not only do you pick up on certain (time) questionable behavior, but if you pay attention a little bit longer… you may see the root of a behavior as opposed to just the symptom(s).

Hmm… this requires seeing/hearing with our spiritual eyes/ears as opposed to our carnal eyes/ears. On the surface we see a symptom and automatically make a conclusion about a person or situation. But when we allow the Jesus in us to take over, we begin to see things in a different light. We acquire a little more patience to wait and see how things unfold. We tend to be more merciful, loving, and gracious… less critical. Observe to learn, not judge.

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Five Minute Friday: Once

Do you struggle with wanting to belong, people-pleasing, co-dependency issues, or need for validation?

If so, I understand. That was me ONCE, and even now I still find that I have to be careful. This often looks like a battle between a simple yes or no.

What do I mean?

Our flesh often times says “yes” to things our spirit is saying “no” to. We want to belong so we go along with things that we know are either not right or not conducive to our overall well-being. We want to please someone so we’re not alone, so we’re accepted and we say “yes” to some obligation even though our spirit is literally screaming “NO”. (time) We may say “yes” in the sense that we tolerate certain behavior because we believe we’d lose out if we let go (no). And then sometimes we say “yes” by acting a certain way to gain attention because we want to be seen instead of accepting a no or rejection as a form of redirection, protection, and/or blessing in disguise.

We’ve all experienced one or all of these at some point in our lives, and in some ways still are… So what have I done to break free of these irrational beliefs where I thought ‘If I… then she/he will…’ or ‘If I… then this will or will not…’?

One MAJOR thing that’s helped me is SELF-REFLECTION. Being unapologetically honest with myself and God about why I think and do some of the things I do. It’s not pretty. It doesn’t feel good. You may even feel a bit naïve and gullible, but when you get tired of compromising or giving your “pearls to swine” that wake-up call for a “come-to-Jesus-talk” begins to weigh heavy on your heart.

Don’t feel bad… Feel better by doing better… Self-reflection allows you to question your current beliefs which foster certain thoughts and eventually certain behaviors. And if we’re honest, many of us have been living and existing on a faulty belief system… BUT it doesn’t have to remain as such.

I’d love to hear ONE thing that’s helped you overcome similar issues mentioned above.

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2 Days Remain…

For the most part I’m excited, but there have definitely been some Moses’ and Jeremiah moments when I’ve questioned if I’m equipped for this assignment.
Yesterday while listening to one of Bishop’s/Furtick’s interviews, there was a ‘baby leap’ as Bishop T.D. Jakes shared how it was “totally inappropriate for a woman to carry a message first, but there are some times and some seasons when you have to break protocol of the day because Jesus was looking for someone bold enough to walk into a room full of men and say, ‘I know for myself Jesus is risen!'” (Mark 16:9-10).

3 Days Away…

The last few days I’ve shared about different men in the Bible… many more that could be shared… but the point was to show how in spite of their shortcomings, in spite of their moments of faithlessness, in spite of how others viewed them… God kept his promise.
Romans 11:29 tells us ‘for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable’. Another translation says ‘can never be withdrawn’.