Grace to Overcome – S3E12

First and foremost, there is a grace to overcome the difficult times in life. Thus, before going any further, let’s look at two definitions of grace. 1) grace is a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior, and 2) to favor or honor.  

Grace to Overcome -- Photo of woman standing in a field with her arms raised in the light of a beautiful sunrise.

Of course, as a Christian, I am talking about the grace of God. You see, God’s grace is not earned. In fact, God gives His grace because He loves us. As a result, has made ‘grace to overcome’ readily available through His son Jesus Christ. You might ask, “But, what does Jesus have to do with grace to overcome?” Well, I am glad you want to know. 

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Wait on the LORD – S3E11

 

Photo of black man outside praying. After we pray we should always wait on the LORD for the answer.

Admittedly, when I hear “Wait on the Lord,” it is often easier said than done. One reason is that we live in a microwave society. In other words, many of us lack patience; we want things fast—we want them NOW. No doubt, I am not the only one who has felt that way.

As a matter of fact, I am waiting on the Lord for some things at this very moment. But even when I find myself impatient; guess what I’m going to do? Wait on the LORD. Because, one of the many things I’ve learned in my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is that I cannot rush God. 

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It’s Not Over: Breakthrough Is Coming – S3E10

In general, most people have faced hard or sometimes life-changing circumstances. In all likelihood, no matter what they did to remedy the situation it appeared to be over. With that in mind, if you have spent any time in church; you have heard, “It’s not over: breakthrough is coming.” 

In many instances, it is at that moment that praise breaks out over the congregation. Why? Because many of them are facing what appears to be the loss or death of something. Thus, that declaration helps them through those trying times. 

Photo of light breaking through dark clouds. Pic represents the declaration-- It's not Over: Breakthrough is Coming.
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Imperfectly Purposed — S3E9

The Story of Rahab the Harlot

Imperfectly purposed—everyone has a purpose

Purpose—believe it or not, everyone has a purpose in this world. No doubt, some of you may be thinking, “After all of the bad choices I’ve made, there is no way God has purposed me for anything.” Well, Ecclesiastes 3:1 Modern English Version says this, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” Now, I’m here to tell you; God loves you and HE is not holding those bad choices against you. Why—because you are indeed imperfectly purposed to do something great. Hence, this episode title; Imperfectly Purposed—The Story of Rahab the Harlot. 

Pic of Rahab helping the spies escape. Pic is a visual of Imperfectly Purposed--The Story of Rahab the Harlot.
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THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT–Taking God’s Armor with You – S3E8

Wisdom Series Pt.3 

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT–Taking God’s Armor with You; but what does that even mean? First, what is the Sword of the Spirit? Second, what is God’s Armor? And furthermore, why do we need them? Well, I am so happy you care to learn or further understand the answers to those questions. 

Because Proverbs 4:7 New King James Version says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” So, let’s do just that–get an understanding of the Sword of the Spirit and the Armor of God. 

Photo of a Holy Bible with a sword placed on top representing The Sword of the Spirit--Taking God's Armor with you.
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Understanding What Love IS – S3E7

Wisdom Series Pt.2 

To begin with, relationships are a part of life. Whether family, friendship, romantic, or professional we all have them. At the end of the day, that is why ‘Understanding What Love IS’ is so important. Because for the most part, no ‘successful’ relationship happens without love. 

It is true some people believe love is the most powerful force in the universe. As a Christian, I believe in the power of love because the Holy Bible tells us that God is love. And He created everything out of love. You may be thinking, “But SD, does ‘every’ successful relationship ‘really’ operate from a place of love?” And my answer is a resounding “Yes!” 

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The BIG Message—GOD Has a Plan – S3E6

Wisdom Series Pt.1 

Photo of a replica of Noah's Arc. Photo represents the big message of how God has a plan.

The BIG message—GOD has a plan; if you are wondering, SD, what does that have to do with me or how I live my life? Well, I am happy to answer that for you. As I have shared in earlier blog posts, when we seek God’s wisdom for direction and instruction, the outcome is always ‘good.’ Simply put, those who sought His wisdom received His best for their lives. 

Jeremiah 29:11 Modern English Version says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Now this is a common theme throughout the Holy Bible.  

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Refuse to Give Up – S3E5

When making life decisions, there are two groups of people–those who give up and those who refuse to give up. In general, the majority of those who give up do so for different reasons. Contrary to what others may think, it is not always because of laziness or lack of ambition. Believe it or not they give up for reasons that very well may be are out of their control. Such as, illness, lack of finances, education, or family support. 

Photo of a man climbing a mountain on his hands and knees. Photo represents the determination to push forward through challenges in life. When God makes a promise one must refuse to give up on that promise.

Refuse to give up on God’s promises 

Now for the sake of this blog post when I say, “Refuse to Give Up,” I am talking about God and His promises. What I know for sure is that when God makes a promise it will come to pass. 2 Corinthians 1:20 New Living Translation says, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” 

In other words, if He promised it in His Word, trust and believe you will see it. And if He put a promise in your spirit you can bank on it happening. Numbers 23:19 New Living Translation is very clear; “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” 

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In a Moment…- S3E4

Have you prayed for something and it seemed as if the answer to your prayer wouldn’t happen? Not only that, but have you also been waiting a long time? Just know this, in a moment everything can change. 

Of course, there are things that happen in life that can have a major effect on how one lives. Such as sickness, disease, a loss of some kind, and or financial problems. Keep in mind, no matter what life brings your way, in a moment, things can change. 

An hour glass representing how things can change in a moment.
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Pressure Applied Prayer – S3E3

In general, most people have experienced or are experiencing some type of pressure. Hence, the need for this episode, Pressure Applied Prayer. Now, before going any further the educator in me wants to make sure we are all on the same page. Because the word ‘pressure’ has several different meanings. 

Photo 1 White woman sitting in front of computer trying to work while surrounded by her children and pet cat. Photo 2 Black woman sitting in front of computer with her hands in the prayer position. Both pics represent the message--Pressure Applied Prayer. Because when under great pressure, applied prayer is the best way to get direction and peace.

So, for this post, the pressure we are referring to means burdens of physical or mental distress. No doubt, we can all agree, the COVID-19 pandemic put families around the world under a great deal of pressure. For me, I could not go through the pressures of life without pressing back with prayer.  

Apply prayer to every situation 

Have you ever heard the phrase “Prayer changes things?” I am a witness; I know prayer works. You see, I know for a fact that when I pray, God always hears me. And He has shown me as such, time and time again throughout my life. 

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