YOU HAVE TO LET GO

There comes that time in life when we must learn to let certain things and people go.  This can be a scary feeling. And it can be a hurtful feeling. All of us should possess that desire to be happy in life. We should all want to leave at peace. And we should all want to embrace on those things or people who add measure to your life. If something or someone isn’t adding measure to your life, it is time to let go. If something or someone, is adding more days of sadness than happiness to your life, it is time to let go. Many of us hold on due to the fact that we don’t want to start over. This feeling is completely normal. But what if God wants us to let go? God can’t show us true happiness until we let go of what causes us to be wretched. God can’t bless us with a new vehicle, home or job because we keep finding reasons to hold on to the old. God can’t bless us with that man or woman who has been designed specifically for you because you keep holding on to relationships that are raping your spirit. In order to let go, you must find a resting place in God. This resting place provides an assurance that you will need to embrace. It is an assurance that God knows what is best for you. He knows who is best for you. He knows when to give it to you. He knows your needs, my needs and the needs of others. Yes, it hurts to let go of things and people that are so familiar to us. But sometimes what we want isn’t what we need. And sometimes what we need can pass us by if we don’t allow God to take lead. When you make the choice to let go, also make the choice to release it all into God’s care. And the great thing about God is that when you release all into His care, He takes what you give him but He never lets go of your hand. Security lies in God’s hands. All we need to do is let go and let Him. Yes, it is hard. Yes, you may cry. Yes, others may mock you. Yes, you may feel alone. But remember, God is easy….God dries your tears…God comforts you….and God will never leave you. “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD” (Psalm 89:15 NIV). Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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WHO ARE YOU YOKED WITH?

Let’s be honest….there are people that you simply don’t “click” with. You don’t hate them but you simply don’t care to mingle with them. This normally happens when maturity sets in. This takes place when you become more intertwined with family commitment, priorities, or other important things that require your attention. This takes place when you make the choice to follow God instead of people. Becoming yoked to worldly people can eventually cause you to become worldly as well. If you are yoked with manipulators and deceivers, it won’t be long before you are manipulating and deceiving others, too. If you become yoke with those whose mouths speaks lies and profanity, it won’t be long before you find your mouth releasing the same. When you become yoked with those who go to church faithfully, speak and preach great things but they don’t apply to their life, it won’t be long before you are doing the same. Becoming yoked to the world can cause harm to your life and your walk with God. Becoming yoked to God brings joy and peace to your life and is the greatest thing. Because HE IS! Others may be kind of shallow in their walk with the Lord while you, on the other hand, make your walk with the Lord a priority. “But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness” (1Timothy 6:11). Don’t expect even half of the world to understand your walk with the Lord. Many out-of-character things and situations will brought your way. Many will talk badly about you. Many will turn their backs on you. Then there may be times that these same individuals will come back your way but you simply don’t care to connect with them. As I said earlier, you don’t hate them, but mingling with them is not your style anymore. When you know better, you do better. When you see better, you walk better. Be cautious of the people you are yoked with. This doesn’t mean that you give everyone that you encounter the cold shoulder. Allow yourself to speak, be friendly and avoid in love. It doesn’t matter what “they” say about you or how “they” look at you, it only matters what GOD SAYS. And if you are avoiding in love, that is all that matters. Your walk with God is important. Protect it. Your peace is important. Protect it. Your heart is valuable. Protect it. The stability of your mind is important. Protect it. God’s yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Yoking with the world can be difficult and the burden of the world is extremely heavy. Be Blessed.  –S.L.M.

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IT’S NOT A “SETBACK”; BUT A “SETUP”

On Wednesday, 3/15/16, my home flooded. I didn’t lose everything but some things, I did. Some of the people who have gave much sympathy to me seem to always say, “Well, this is just a setback and you can rebuild day by day.” But today, I stand as a firm believer saying, “This is not a “setback” for me; this is a “setup” from God.” God moves out the old and comes in with the new in His own time, not my time. I am firm believer that God is transitioning me into something better. Of course they are going to repair my home but it may take some time. I don’t know what God’s plans are for me and my children right now but I believe and know He has our best interest in heart. Maybe God wanted me to have new furniture and new beds. Maybe God wanted my home to be repaired in many areas. Maybe God thought it was time for my old car, Lillian, to be replaced with another vehicle. Maybe God has plans for me to move into a new home. Whatever it may be, all I know is that God is in control. I know that He can give. I know that He can take away. I know that He can give again. He is God! He can do anything! This is not a SETBACK for me; this is a SETUP from God! I trust and I believe that! GOD is MY RESTORER and my eyes are focused upon Him. I am reminding of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) which states, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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WHAT YOU WANT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU NEED

“Wanting too much or too badly” has its power. It has its good power but it also has its bad power. Sometimes, we can “want” too much or too badly which causes serious consequences. ”Wanting too much or too badly” can get us into a lot of trouble. “Wanting too much or too badly” can cause us to settle for less than what we deserve in this life. “Wanting too much or too badly” can cause us to lose sight of our worth. “Wanting too much or too badly” can cause us to miss what we truly “need”, or ignore what we truly “need.” SOMETIMES….WHAT WE WANT ISN’T WHAT WE NEED. SOMETIMES….WHAT WE WANT ISN’T GOD’S WILL FOR OUR LIVES. God is Good. God is Great. So surely, His Will for all of our lives are good and great as well. Don’t allow all what you “want” to make you miss out on what you really “need.” -S.L.M.

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A HEARTACHE IS LIKE A WOUND

Have you ever noticed that a heartache is much like a wound? A wound requires time, nurturing and protection in order to completely heal. So does a heartache. You can’t rush the time that it takes for a wound to heal and you must apply the necessary ointment or medication to soothe and aid in the healing process. You must make sure you cover the wound, protecting it from dirt that may cause infection. And simply give it time to heal. It’s the same process when dealing with a broken heart. You must apply the ointment of God’s comfort to the heartache. This involves drawing closer to God by attending church, reading the Bible, meditating on what you read and praying fervently.  Drawing closer to God will cover your heartache but you, too, must also do your part in protecting your heart. You must stay away from anything or anyone that can cause your heart to break especially the one thing or person that caused it to break. Going back to whatever caused your heart pain in the first place will do nothing but dirty it up all again. The dirt of doubt, fear, disappointment, anger and bitterness will infect your heart with much pain. It’s sort of like scratching a wound that hasn’t healed. When you do so, that wound will begin to bleed and the healing process is prolonged. Inviting things or people back in your life after causing you pain, knowing nothing has changed, will cause your heart to bleed. So you have to protect it. And you protect it by staying away from hurtful things or people. You protect it by clinging to THE PROTECTOR and that is GOD. The best ointment is receiving God’s love and comfort, applying it to the heartache. The best nurturing comes from reading God’s Word, meditating on it, praying to Him and having faith that whatever it is…..He will bring you through. He will heal the pain. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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