There is something rather unique and wonderful about a group of women coming together, sharing prayers, life experiences, encouragement and wisdom with one another. No shame, no holding back, no competition, just a release of emotions that were attempting to hold us in bondage. A release that was made possible all because the Holy Spirit chose to come and grace us with its presence. The great Comforter came and sat with us for a while and granted us the gift of freedom through His all-embracing love. You leave your sisters a littler wiser, stronger and ready to conquer the world.
Sister you inspire me to see myself as He sees me…You reminded me of 2 Timothy 1:7, that you my “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” No matter what I may face in this life, I can call my sister and she will pray God’s word with me, and we will praise Him for we shall remember that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Always shall we rejoice in He, for He is our peace. He has made us to be warriors, our sisters’ keepers; we know as we go out to conquer the world that we are fully equipped with God’s armor and we put it on daily. We teach our children the way of the Lord, to be ye Holy for He is a Holy God. We are the Proverbs 31 woman, for the heart of our husbands does safely trust in us, and we only tend to our own…
My sister I will be here for you even when we grow old, we will teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands and their children. I promise if I see you on a crooked path, I will guide you back on the straight and narrow. Through this we will teach, and we will learn still…We will serve the Lord all the days of our lives. We shall never leave a sister alone; for when one falls, we shall offer a hand to assist her back up. We shall never think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think but walk in humility for we now know that humility will carry us a long way. We are daughters of the King; daughters of the one true, living God and we will stand together in blessed assurance making certain that the oil in our lamps will always full.
Remember my Sister
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
What’s your passion? This is a common question many of us are asked as well as asking ourselves when we are planning for our future…Trying to decide what we want to be when we grow up so to speak…What is it that we like to do? What are we drawn to and so on? We should want to spend our time doing something that we are passionate about, but is our passion linked with our purpose? Let’s start by defining the two… Purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.; while passion is a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. So, are the things in which we are passionate about lining up with my purpose for which we were created?
In order to know your purpose, pay attention to your passions. Pay even closer attention to your maker, the one who created you to fulfill a purpose in Him. We must have a relationship with Him; the almighty, the Creator of the Heaven’s and the Earth…The one who knew us even before we were in our mother’s wombs. Yes…We must have a relationship with our Creator to even begin to know what that purpose is. Once the relationship is established in the spirit of truth, I feel God through the gift of the Holy Spirit that dwells on the inside, will give you and me the passion to fulfill that purpose. With this comes much obedience…Again pay attention… There is that still, small voice that speaks to us and direct us, but so often we don’t want to listen… In our disobedience we often find ourselves in a place of discomfort, because we chose to listen to the wrong voice.
John 16:13 says, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” So the Holy Spirit will speak to you if you will hear Him…He will let you know what you were created to do, and He will gift you the passions as well as the anointing to fulfill that purpose, but we must stay on the course. Circumstance come nigh to us all, but those circumstances aren’t all designed to take us out….Sometimes they are “allowed” to push us in the right direction and when we finally find ourselves in that place we thought we did not want to be, we then realized that this is exactly where we am supposed to be. Let us remember, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” (Proverbs 18:16).
So, follow the voice of God, remembering it isn’t always the one that’s the loudest, but often the smallest in which speaks volumes. Our God does not make any mistakes; He will lead and guide us in the direction He desires for us to go and it was all decided before we were even in our mother’s wombs. What an awesome God we serve! So, my petition to the readers, allow your passion to lead you to your purpose and walk in it out in blessed assurance, knowing that it was already preordained just for you. Your very own blueprint, uniquely and wonderfully you…
How do I begin? The first word that comes to my mind is wow! When I look at the hand of God in the book meeting last night, I am left again feeling astonished at His love for us. He brings His children together to learn from one another, but the beauty of it all is realizing that all the knowledge and the newly obtained wisdom is all from Him. He has imparted these gifts upon every woman that was present in the book meeting last night. Coming together, we learned, we laughed, yes, we fellowshipped and there was absolutely nothing boring about it. I must applaud Touré Roberts on allowing the Holy Spirt to use him to write this book. It is filled with wisdom, knowledge and I tell you we all walked away with a better understanding of who we are, and that is just from dissecting the first chapter.
I plan to pod cast our next book meeting to share with you all what we will be discussing and if any of you out there would like to participate, you will be able to do so through this blog page. I implore you all to get this book, it is vitally important to truly know who we are in this hour, but most importantly, Whose we are. I am looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say and what I can take away from this reading on this journey with you all. Those of you who decide to get this book and go on this journey with us, I encourage you to prayerfully read it; I do humbly believe it will help you on becoming all that our Father has purposed you to be. Amen!
When you are going through a trial, the last thing you need is for people to start questioning your faith. My faith is very firmly in tack and it isn’t going anywhere. But while you are going through it doesn’t stop the fact that you’re not feeling well, there is pain in your body, and it seems as though you are getting hit with one complication after another. And being that I am still housed in a human body, sometimes we must exercise wisdom and rest that body. We as a people are quick to judge standing on the outside eavesdropping and not really catching the whole story…We think we know what you are going through, but the truth is we have no idea. The doctor’s visits, the medicine, the money, the sleepless nights and the uncertainty of missing another work day… Before you judge me, ask yourself can you walk in these shoes? My personal shoe size is a 7, but if you start to add and take away everything I may have to endure in the course of an average day; the shoe will never fit another just right; because it wasn’t designed for anyone but the one is wearing/bearing it. But because we have allowed self-righteousness to creep in, many of us are quick to forget the walks we have taken that has had some unsuspected detours which have caused our very own shoe size to fluctuates at times too…
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own self, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Let me take the liberty to define the word reprobate. Reprobate: to condemn strongly as unworthy, unacceptable, or evil; to foreordain to damnation. So, while we are exhausting all our time scrutinizing others, we fail to realize the enemy has us exactly where he wants us; not keeping our own houses in order. We are not examining ourselves and he is taking advantage of our state of unawares and capturing many into the bondage of possibly becoming a reprobate. This is not a place any of us should want to find ourselves. 2 Thessalonians 3:11 states, “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” Many want to talk about what someone else is doing and in the process, they themselves aren’t doing anything. All the while you are in your home, praying, reading the Word, making full proof of your ministry, trusting God silently with all that you are walking through, but because you choose to not do it in the open before man, you are judged.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 6:1).
The lesson to take from this, is if you are not certain of what is really going on in another man/woman’s house, it is best to just be silent. If there is a true concern, pray about it and only by the leading of the Holy Spirit go to that brother or sister in the spirit of Truth. A talebearer wants to ‘spill the tea’ to everyone except the one they should be. Then the concern just becomes gossip; which means there was never any real concern in the first place. So again, this is why the Word says to examine “yourself”. We should desire to never error, though admittedly we all do at times, but as a reminder to us to do better I am reminded of this: “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:14-15). With that being said, we never really know who our Lord has chosen, so it is best to remember, while we know not to put our hands on another, we should also guard our mouths by not speaking negatively of another either; for now that we know better, we should be inspired to do better. Amen!
Merriam Webster dictionary defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. It sounds like facing, overcoming or standing against something that you thought you either could not face, withstand or get pass…but then we realize there is always a way out of no way. Isaiah 43:16-19 say it well… “Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Courage is fed on faith!
In order for us to practice true courage, we must first have faith. Faith, the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen; without it we will never have the courage to face any of our fears. So we look at courage, and there are two hurdles that one must cross, fear which must be defeated and faith with must be obtained. Once we defeat fear, true faith becomes obtainable. Now we must take note of every obstacle that has been blocking us from our freedom to truly live. We can now face them, overcome them and have the strength to stand even when it seems like it is unwilling to let us go. The Word of God reads; “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8) All we have to do is stand and have faith that even though it may not seem like victory is near, we know that He is near; and if He is near then victory is indeed near as well.
Courage is the force behind you reaching all your dreams; but we must have that foundation. The foundation is the Cross. It is written in the book of Luke, Chapter 9 verse 23. Jesus spoke to his disciples saying, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. If we were to deny fear access in our lives and simply follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will be free. Free of every form of bondage and we will have the courage to live the life that we know we were created for. What a beautiful life it will be; free of not only fear, but every other hindrance the enemy may try to place in our way. We know that we will overcome because Christ overcame and defeated the enemy for us all at the Cross. So be encouraged beloved, we win, because Jesus already won… Amen!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Though I may soon come across as harsh, I am realizing that this world is sometimes simply just that, harsh! How many times do you need to read the cover of a book to figure out what’s on the inside. Is the cover embossed with a simple title, or does it have some elaborate design or picture to accompany it? What’s really on the inside of the book? What first appears to us seems to be attractive in all it’s intricate boldness to catch our eyes, but I have now come to the conclusion that we must read the contents if we desire to have the full story revealed to us. Read the book!
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Believe what you read! We are indeed living in times where men and women are becoming lovers of themselves; where self-centeredness has become the norm. Many are coveting that which belongs to another, having no conscious of the error of their ways. We no longer understand humility, for we boast of what we have and yes don’t have; for the love of material things and status has taken precedence over humanity. Pride tells us that we have done no wrong hence, repentance is never visited or acted upon. Children are dishonoring their parents and refusing to receive counsel from them. The world teaches them to become unthankful and unholy, by contorting that which is good and acceptable unto God, their creator.
Then we have the agenda trolls…. Those for the sake of their own selfish desires, who feign friendships built on false affections to obtain their own self-seeking goals; with no thought to the hurt they may inflict on another. Full of false promises for they speak a word with the intent of never honoring that word. Spewing hurt and pain in a slew of arrogance, for some how they have deemed themselves superior, when the very simple truth is they don’t like anything that is good and aim to kill, steal and destroy that which is good. This entity which will never appreciate the good in you for it has exalted itself above all…It thrives on the pleasures of this world more than the things of God; and we must flee from such. For it was sent for the sole purpose of destroying you.
Do not allow people to leech off you until you are left with nothing to stand on. Don’t allow them to pull from you until you are drained of all life and no longer able to take care of yourself. Believe the report of the Lord, and not the lies of the enemy. Learn to say No, and yes only when the Lord tells you to say yes. People will treat you how you allow them to treat you…Stop allowing your goodness to be taken for granted. Know your worth and know that you are loved even if it appears that you are standing alone. For you are never alone, when the world is against you, know with blessed assurance that God is standing with you. I’d rather stand in this world alone with a host of angels all around me, than to stand with any man whose only means is to bring forth harm. Be encouraged…For though it may seem you are alone and forsaken, know that God will always be with you; amen!
Some pains are just too much to bear…
So, I tucked them away in a place called there.
Only allowing them to surface when the pressure can no longer be restrained,
Reaching the point of shedding tears in vain…
Tucked away in a place that is deep, yet not deep enough…
This is the pain of loss.
The loss that never returns…
I am left with memories that do last a lifetime,
Even if it’s only in my lifetime.
I miss you…
And the sheer acknowledgement of that alone,
Is honestly too much to bear!
I fancied myself being strong,
But not when it came to losing you…
I will never lay my head upon the lap of my mother again,
Yes, it is simply too much to bear.
So, I tuck you away again…
To that place that is so deep within…
Just not deep enough…
And I say see you later, for goodbye is too final…
Until we meet again…
I love you.
~ Felisha DeJean
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I am reminded of times in my life when I was afraid in certain situations and some of those times I almost allowed that fear to hinder me into missing my blessings. Fear is an emotion that I am not fond of and it is most unwelcomed in my life, however it will still try to find a way to sneak in unawares. But Christ Jesus left us a precious gift called the Holy Ghost, that gives us peace and comfort when trouble comes so that we do not have to be afraid. It is so important for us to remind ourselves to the seek God for peace that only He can give us; it is His peace that cancels out all doubt and fear.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
This is a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us… He is our protector, He is our comforter…We do not have to fear evil or even death. When we remember God’s word, we know that no matter what we are going through, He is right there with us. While we are walking through our darkest hours, He is walking with us. We are strengthened by the power of His might, and He has even given us a shield of protection. No matter what it looks like, we must remember He has equipped us with all we need to get thought any circumstance without any fear.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
So, when we are faced with fear, we must push pass it by remembering God’s word and praying His word. While we are praying it, we must believe it…Faith as a grain of a mustard seed. Fear is one of the worse kinds of bondage. It does not want you to thrive, it wants you to be held captive within you mind, when God wants us free. We must exercise the power we were freely given through the Holy Ghost to maintain a sound mind, knowing full well that fear is not from God. We have the tools to defeat fear; all we must do is use them.
Lord I pray for anyone who may be battling the spirit of fear; whether it is in the form of starting a new job, facing health issues or whatever form it may come in…I pray against every spirit of fear and bind it in the name of Jesus and I loose power, love and a sound mind over every individual that is being attacked. I pray for the liberty of Christ Jesus to be released in the lives of all His children right now…Let us all remember to cast all our cares upon him; for he does indeed care for us; in Jesus name I pray, amen.
I think of you often and smile through the tears. You taught me so much…I watched you sow compassion and be charitable to those who would need help. You forgave those who weren’t always kind to you as you always welcomed them back with open arms. You stood strong in faith as a good soldier amid one of your greatest battles; and tried to comfort me while you were crossing over into everlasting. You were everything I needed in a Father… I praise God for the gift I had in you… I miss you but carry with me an infinity of memories. I love you eternally…
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
There is a visible pain, the one where you see the evidence of a wound or even by the appearance of tears…It may be a frown on one’s face from the stress of it all or even physical effects such as clasping one’s head from a headache or grabbing one’s chest. There are many tell, tell signs of this physical pain that many of us experience from time to time and most are easily treated; however, there is another type of pain that is hidden. There is no indication of it for it is hidden in a place where no human eye can see… This pain is the one that brings with it all sorts of other problems with it, such as anxiety or depression. The pain that many feel ashamed to talk about, so they feel as though they are left with the burden to bare it all along…
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:7-9)
This is where the enemy comes in to play…He doesn’t want us to know that we are not alone. He doesn’t want us to know that we have a comforter that will take all that pain away, heal our broken hearts and desires to heal every wound. He does what he does best, seeking whom he may devour; he wants to kill what’s yours, steal what’s yours and destroy you in the process. Therefore, it is so vitally important for us to not just know of God, but to have an intimate relationship with Him. He is our comforter; He is our burden barer, and He will heal every wound if/when we surrender it all unto Him. Jesus is the burden bearer, He is our comforter…He is the way maker and peace orchestrator…He will pour out His oil of joy over you and fill your cup till it overflows. What a mighty, loving God we serve…
I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings and will not be ashamed. (Psalms 119:46)
I can honestly say I know the struggle, I know this pain and I knew the shame of not wanting talk about it and wanting to keep it hidden. This is my testimony: In the course of three years I lost both my parents; after losing my father, my siblings and I never stopped to grieve, you see we were caring for our mother who suffered a stroke while we were losing our dad to cancer. So, three years after we lost our dad our dear mother went home to be with the Lord as well…Here I was dealing with the loss of both my parents. You know they are no longer suffering, you know they were filled with the Holy Spirit and are with Him, but the pain… The pain made you want to somehow crawl within yourself and hide from the world. Somehow you managed to be strong for everyone else, somehow you managed to put on a mask of a smile, but on the inside, you were just existing…I was afraid to feel, for fear of the grief consuming me, but this was the trick of the enemy, me not feeling and that was the great deception called depression…Thank God, for His Holy Spirit, it became warfare; learning truly faith without works is dead. I chose to no longer just exist; I chose to survive.
I had to make myself get up, I prayed, and I prayed and then I prayed some more…He was always there, all I had to do was truly acknowledge Him and cast my cares upon Him. I couldn’t break free on my own as I was trying to do, I had to acknowledge Jesus, and ask Him to take that burden from me. I had to remember that “God did not give me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). I had to allow myself to feel and to grieve… I remember not really being able to explain what I was really feeling to my husband, I just knew that I was hurting, and I remember that I would never want anyone to suffer that kind of pain. Through much perseverance, and by the power of His might, today I am stronger, and He is restoring my joy… and I’m trusting Him with it all…but I am doing my part as well. I’m praying, reading His word, and I’m walking in the ministry He has place in my hands (remember faith without works is dead). I love Him, and I trust Him with my life, He is my peace, He is my protector, He is my Everything… I give Him glory, honor and praise! Glory in the highest to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Keep believing…
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.