God’s promises for your provision

The Bible is full of examples of God providing for His people.

Yet, during this season of economic uncertainty, you may have lost sight of God’s promises to meet your every need.

Beloved, if that’s you, don’t worry. I’m writing today to remind you of God’s promises.

The following eight scriptures relate specifically to finances. As a son or daughter of the Most High God, these promises belong to you!

8 Promises That Belong To You

(1) I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. –– Psalm 37:25

(2) The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. — Psalm 34:10

(3) Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” — Luke 6:38

(4) And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:19

(5) “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. — Matthew 6:31-33

(6) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. — 3 John 1:2

(7) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. — Joshua 1:8

(8) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it
.

 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts;
 “And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,”
Says the Lord of hosts
. — Malachi 3:10-12

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October gift bundle

Hey Luvs!

October has arrived! You know what that means – right? We’ve entered the fourth quarter, and now we’re on a fast track to the end of the year.

I know… I can’t believe it either. Where has the time gone?

Welp, this month’s gift bundle is ready and can be downloaded here:

If you haven’t downloaded this month’s magazine, you’re missing out! Download your complimentary copy here!

september gift bundle

Hey Luvs!

Can you believe we’re already in the month of September? Despite the lingering pandemic, it feels to me that time is passing swiftly.

And here we are. My favorite month. September.

It’s a time of new beginnings. I have fond memories of starting a new school year in September. When I was in college, I recall packing up my dad’s suburban and making the drive back to my campus dorm room at Michigan State. I was always excited and looking forward to what the new semester would bring. Those were good times…..

In keeping with those memories, I always like to do something special in September. So, starting this month, I’m putting together a monthly gift bundle of goodies that I hope will help keep you on track with your goals for the year. This is just my way of thanking you for following this blog.

You can download these items in my Gumroad store. Feel free to share them with a friend!

Here’s to a fantastic September!

Yes Beloved, God Sees You!

Hey Luvs!

Do you ever wonder if you’re on God’s radar screen?

Let me put it this way….

God, do you see what’s going on here?

If that sentiment sounds familiar, then I suspect you’ve wondered a time or two if God really sees what’s going on in your life.

I was having one of those days last week, and that was my cry….God, do you see what’s going on here?

Oh yes, the enemy had invited me to a pity-party.

It was an invitation I wish I had not accepted.

Not long after arriving to a mosh pit of every lie you can imagine, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I had no business there.

I had no business having tea with the enemy of my soul.

The Holy Spirit had come to rescue me by reminding me of all the other times God had come through in spectacular fashion, and this time would be no different.

I was also lead to a message by Bishop T.D. Jakes. This was such an encouraging Word!

I’m sharing the link below and hope you’ll check out the video, especially if you’re wondering if God really sees you.

If you’ve accepted an invitation to the pity-party, again, check out this video. After watching this message, you definitely won’t be able to stay there.

Yes Beloved, God sees you!

A gift for you

Hey Luvs!

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite scriptures into a downloadable PDF and wanted to share them with you.

How many times have you asked God for direction?

I’ve learned from past mistakes, so I’m always asking.

There was a time in my life many, many years ago that I never asked God for direction. I wasn’t a mature Christian at that time. When it came to decision-making, if something “felt” right… I went with the flow.

And yes, I ended up in one disaster after another.

Thank God for His grace and mercy!

There’s a couple scriptures that I lean into when I’m seeking direction.

I’ve compiled them into a PDF that you can download, save to your desktop or pass along to a friend.

Either way, I hope these scriptures bless you and remind you that God is always near and is faithful to direct our steps.

Shalom!

Your storm has an expiration date

Beloved,

If you’re going through a storm right now, I’ve come to bring you good news!

It will end.

Yes, your storm has an expiration date.

I was reminded of this simple truth as recent as this Sunday morning, and I wanted to remind you too.

Sunday Morning…..

If you know anything about the state of Michigan, then you know we get some pretty wicked thunderstorms during the summer months. And so it was this morning…

I was awaked early this morning by howling winds. The sun should have been rising, but instead the sky was dark. I mean really, really dark!

And then the torrential downpour started, followed by thunder and lightning.

Honey chile… believe me when I tell you that Mother Nature was “doing the most” this morning in Northeast Michigan!

And now…..

The rain has stopped and the sun has returned to reveal a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Often times the storms of life mirror today’s thunderstorm. Sometimes we go through seasons when the wind is howling and the rain seems like it will never end.

Today, if you feel like you’re going from crisis to crisis, don’t lose heart.

Rest assured, your storm WILL end. There is an expiration date.

Trust in the One who controls the storm for He knows when it will end.

Settle your spirit by meditating on the Word of God. Trust that He has you in the palm of His hands.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. — Psalm 34:19

Selah.

Discovering Your Spiritual Gift

Hey Luvs!

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted, but I’m baaaack and feeling renewed!

Today, I want to give you a few resources that will help you discover your spiritual gift. This is one of my favorite topics. I love to see people flourish in every arena where God has called them. There’s nothing like that feeling you get when you’re confident — you just know that you know– you’re doing the thing that God called you to. If you’ve ever watched someone flow in their calling, then you know it’s a beautiful sight to behold. You were likely drawn to their energy and genuine passion for the thing they were doing. You witnessed what it looks like to be focused on Living Your Making rather than making your living.

As a child of God, you can rest assured that you too have been equipped with at least one spiritual gift. This means there’s something God has called you to do to help advance His Kingdom. How cool is that!

To be clear, spiritual gifts are not the same as a specific calling to the Fivefold Ministry. An individual who operates in the Fivefold Ministry most often serves in the role of either an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher.

Ephesians 4:11-16 talks about the Fivefold Ministry, and states:

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them

Click to go directly to gift spiritual gift assessment.

Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit. There’s a couple passages of scripture that talk about spiritual gifts. The first is found in Romans 12:6-8, which states:

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

More on spiritual gifts is found in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, which states:

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

By now, you’re probably wondering which gift you’ve been given. That’s a great question.

I came across two spiritual gift assessments that I think will help you discern which gift or giftings you’ve been given. Please know that you can operate in more than one gift as many believers do.

SPIRITUAL GIFT ASSESSMENT

LifeWay Christian Resources has a free assessment that you can download.

Another free assessment is available from the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

These are great assessment tools that will help shed light on where you’re most gifted.

Above all else, be sure to ask the Holy Spirit who will guide you into all truth.

Feedback!

Your feedback is important to me. If this message has helped you in any way, please let me know.

Blessings!

Prayers of the Righteous

Hey Luvs!

If you sometimes wonder if God hears you when you pray, keep reading.

All throughout scripture we see examples of answered prayer.

Why then do we sometimes doubt that our petitions will be answered?

There could be many reasons, but I believe one of the primary reasons we sometimes doubt is because God’s timing often times does not match our timing.

Isaiah 55:8-9 in the New King James Version reads:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts

And because God’s thoughts and ways are much higher than ours, sometimes situations that look like unanswered prayer are indeed answered prayer but not in the way you had hoped or expected.

Because the very nature of God is love, you can trust that what seems like “no” or “not now” will work out for your good, even if you can’t see it in that very moment. Humanity is limited, but God knows everything about everything at all times. We must learn to trust His timing.

I remember one time praying to be financed for a certain vehicle. My credit at the time was in the tank so the dealer wouldn’t finance me. A couple months later, my brother suggested I check out a sporty Lexus. It was much nicer than the first car I had set my hopes on, and guess what? I was able to pay cash for it!

I learned a couple things from this experience – patience, perseverance and that God always has a better plan. What seemed like unanswered prayer in the beginning was actually God directing me to a higher way of doing things. It feels really good to not be responsible for a car payment every month, especially during this economic climate.

Beloved, in those moments when you may start to wonder if God will answer your prayers, rest assured that He will. As a child of God, remember that He is watching over you and His intentions toward you are always good.

Today, I leave you with these reminders found in the Word of God.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. — James 5:16

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. –2 Corinthians 1:20

Selah.

Take My 30-Day Gratitude Challenge

Hey Luvs!

I’m going on a 30-day journey and I’d love for you to come along with me.

Where are we going?

I’m glad you asked.

We’re going to a place called Gratitude.

This isn’t foreign territory, but I don’t think we visit this place enough.

You see, when I’m needing to calm my spirit, it helps when I pause and think about all the good things in my life. You know, the things that we most often take for granted like running water, transportation, food, family, friends, health…. you get where I’m going – right?

Just so you know, this journey isn’t intended as an escape from reality. I’m fully aware that America is not great again.

In fact, it’s in peril.

Even as I write this post, there have been civilian protests going on in cities from the East Coast to the West Coast. The National Guard has been activated in several cities all while a police officer who once took an oath to serve and protect has now been charged with murder.

As I watch all this unfold, I’m longing for a new narrative. I believe a journey to the place called Gratitude will soothe my soul, even in the midst of chaos.

So, are you in?

Good.

This is how we get to the place called Gratitude.

Supplies

You’ll need a jar or a bowl; pen and paper. (A personal journal will work fine too).

Everyday for the entire month of June, write down on a piece of paper at least one thing for which you are grateful. You can do this in the morning, evening or anytime you wish. The objective here is to find a moment during the day where you reflect and determine to be grateful for a specific thing in your life. Once you’ve written down your thoughts, place the paper inside your jar or bowl. Do this every day without fail.

At the end of the 30 day period this month, (and yes, I will be checking in with you to see how this is going) pull out your notes and read them aloud.

This exercise has been around for a long time and you’ve probably seen different variations. Yet, the impact is profound. People who regularly express gratitude bring a different energy to the party called life. I’ve written about this in other blog posts too. There’s all kinds of research that supports the notion that people who regularly express gratitude are generally happier people. Their energy is contagious. They attract goodness.

In this hour, we need all the goodness that God wants to pour out. This is a simple exercise that I believe will position you and me to receive treasures from heaven. After all, I believe that’s what we all want.

I’m so glad you’re joining me on this journey!

XOXO

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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