Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Your Spiritual Best is Success

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

All we can do is try to do our best to represent Him each day, and be open to His guidance. Sure, we may fail at times, but that doesn't mean you stop trying. The issue is when you don't try at all, and go along with your own agenda. There is also an issue when you are without faith, despite how much you love God. Faith takes action, and pursues truth and His promises. There is no complacency and stagnant behavior in faith...What are you doing to change your way of thinking and pursue the truth? Are you giving it your all the way God is telling you to and allowing His super to be put on your natural, or have you done your own modifying?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Our You Keeping Yourself and Impacting Others?

Galatians 6:1 (ESV)

Brothers,if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 

*It is important that the body of Christ learns to properly correct people by assisting them, and not persecuting others. We are not here to condemn people, but to walk in love to show them the way. Even more so, we must not criticize because we are no different from others, and have the potential to fall short in that same area. As we guide people, we must also prepare our hearts and minds not to be tempted or circum to the pressure the other person is experiencing. God takes on the burden. You are only meant to be the vessel that influences the situation positively. If you are thinking about helping someone and believe you may fall short while doing so, you should definitely speak with God and see if that circumstance is even an assignment for you in the first place. Even more so, consult with God on how you go about your actions. Remember, we should never leave people in a mess as we are our brother's keeper. However, we must also ask God to order our steps because we don't want to be caught up in a mess either. Be discreet as well..boasting about what you do or talking about someone isn't helping the issue either. Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Truth is the Light

1 John 2:24-25 (ESV)

Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us--eternal life. 

*Sometimes I feel as though I have lost my way... Like life doesn't make sense, and I am not even sure where my path is going. However, as long as I don't veer off the path, God is still in control even when I can't see the beauty of the forest through the trees. If we remember what we have learned from His word, and hold on as well as act on it, we will always receive clarification and His promises even during the most confusing times. We may not be aware of where we are headed at the moment, but we do know we are going in the right direction when we revert back to the word and seek Him. I ask you all today to pray for me and each other...Pray for clarity, the acknowledgment of the truth, and that we always refer back to the word when we are lost or feel as though things aren't adding up. The truth always sets you free, and there is always a lesson to be learned when you combine what you are going through with God's word.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Eyes of Love

Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

*Bitterness causes tension and separation among people...It may not necessarily be that you hate the person, but if you keep dwelling on their wrong doing or discussing your dissatisfaction, it does nothing to make the situation better. If anything, it makes things worse because you are now viewing them with a judgmental eye and playing God. It is fine to correct people in love as you are led, but nitpicking and gossiping about what they do or who they are is not of God nor is it walking in love. You are just spreading your opinion. Love helps us see past what the person did, and allows to see the root of the problem as to why they did it in order to know how to pray effectively and help. Love helps us understand, but humbles us to remember that we are not above the fall that others have circum to...As you are around others today, instead of analyzing them, love on them and be the answer to the hurt they are feeling. You never know what a person is going through nor the fruits of their mindset until you ask God to show you in love...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Setting the Tone with Your Mood

Proverbs 25:15 (ESV)

With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. 

*Most people become upset if a person speaks to them in a harsh manner. No one really appreciates a forceful tone, or being relayed a message in a poor manner. In fact, about 80 percent of how you say things is more of the focal point than what is actually said. Therefore, take the time to analyze how you come off when you say things. Even with your best intentions at heart, your communication skills may be flawed if you are too aggressive or have a poor attitude.. Particularly when it is unnecessary. There is a saying that says to say what you mean, and mean what you say. However, does your tone reflect a different meaning from you are saying?

Monday, December 7, 2015

Unconditional Love Causes Change

Psalm 103: 8-10 (ESV)

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.

*God's love towards us is always there, and never changes. Despite our flaws, He loves us and wants to be around us even if we aren't perfect. Even in a sinful moment, He still handles us with love and kindness in order to mold our hearts to desire to do the right thing, verses handling us in accordance with what we've done. Now, that's unconditional love... Ready and willing to motivate, never leave, and not allow a person's mistakes to dictate who they really are...They are seen with the eyes of love in order to impact the possibility for change. Imagine if we treated each other like that...What type of change would that cause for their life and yours?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


James 1:12-15

 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

*God is a straight forward God, and does not provide us with temptation or confusion. If we are confused, we need to ask for wisdom. If we are tempted, it's because our flesh wants to surrender to our own desires. There is always the truth, which provides a way out. Whether we choose to obey it is our choice. We choose to do the right thing, or bring extra and unnecessary hardships on ourselves. Either choice brings consequences as we continue to indulge in a specific type of behavior or choice, but whether that choice is positive or not is up to us. Everything we do is because we have chosen to do so...What choices are you making today? Is it really in line with His will? Will it help or hurt you in the long wrong? Are you really considering the best option, even if it is one that is not appealing? Is your treatment of others coming from the effects of your choices? Being honest with ourselves will get us more clarity and better results, than hiding behind ignorance when you know the truth....

Monday, November 30, 2015

Edification in the Word

Romans 10:17 (ESV)

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 

*The more we read and indulge in His word, the more it builds our faith. The word of God covers all topics, and explains why we should or shouldn't do things. It can also provide peace and guidance during a given situation. If we experience moments of insecurity, if we are unsure of things, or perhaps we may be emotional then it could be because we are not feeding our spirit and gaining reassurance through the word. God is the God of guidance and reassurance. He never wants us to be in the dark, or feeling beside ourselves in a given situation. I pray this week that we find clarity through Him and His word, and I pray we remove ourselves from the equation and submit to His will, allowing us to be open to listen and be edified.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Clarity and Connections Through Love

Colossians 2:1-5 (ESV

2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

*What's amazing about these verses is how God is telling us that in order to advance, be blessed, and receive we must begin with love. Love opens the heart and mind in order to understand what God is trying to show you, you receive the wisdom to handle each situation, and also properly know how to find and take care of His blessings. Love is the main tool that starts the preparation process, leading you to His promises and wisdom to understand what He is trying to show you.  It also keeps you connected to His people by enhancing your connection with God, despite the fact that He is not physically present. Your connection with Him depicts how connected you will be to His people. However, He is always connected in spirit when you love and seek His wisdom. Even without love, He waits patiently on us to obtain it in order to feel His love. May we work on our love walk to unlock the door for many other avenues and blessings...

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Truth Will Set You Free

Galatians 5:1 (ESV)

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 

*When God removes people and things out of our lives, or when things have been revealed to you, walk in the freedom of the truth. Do not remain in bondage just to hold on to what you know and feel comfortable dealing with...The sooner we let go and allow change, the more stable we become in order to prepare and advance to the next level. Stand firm on what God shows you regardless to whether it meets your expectations because it is part of a greater plan, and it will provide a more stable and greater outcome. Ignorance is never bliss when you have the option to choose the truth. Walk in the fullness of it in order to receive your unexpected end...Spinning your wheels is not spending your time wisely...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Light Afflictions, Hardcore Blessings

2 Corinthians: 4:15-16 (ESV)

 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

*As life moves forward, we will go through things no matter how old we become or how deep in Christ we are. An earthly day may pass, but God's promises will last forever. The things that we go through for His name sake are in no comparison to the reward that is in store for us. He loves us when others do not, and He has our back when everyone else may have left us or found fault in us. Ultimately, if is not the actions of the people that matter, but whether we are moving forward in God and with Him by our side. Yes, some things will hurt and bother us, but we combat that hurt by getting rid of elements that are not of God and focusing on Him. Let's not forget His promises, nor why we are here...Our purpose, His protection, and the power bestowed upon us is far greater than anything negative that we can experience. May we pray for each to remember these things.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Faith or Fear..You Decide

Psalm 18: 2 (ESV)

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

*No matter what we face, God is with us and we can find strength and refuge in Him. When we aren't sure what to do or what to think, God's guidance is always ready and available to assist us. Sometimes we forget the power behind the master we serve, and even more so the power He has instilled in us. No matter what it looks like we have to go through life, but how we face it or choose to handle things is based off what we believe and have accepted as the outcome. Even more so, whether or not you have given power to what you are facing or does the power lie within you and your trust in God? Let's remember to hold fast to what we know in our spirits, and what has been imbedded in our hearts. Our actions and mindset will follow if we continue to work on whether we let fear or faith control it.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Prayers for Paris 💗

As we go into the weekend, let's remember not to just focus on our own lives and those we know or take interest in, but those who need are interest to trickle down at the very least as a prayer in hopes of peace and guidance for Paris...

Philippians 2:4-English Standard Version
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Words of Wisdom Governed by Love

1Samuel 2:3 (ESV)

3 Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.

*This morning, God wants us to examine our actions and our motives behind them. A lot of times believers will use God's word to bible beat people, make themselves seem superior, or correct individuals out of haughtiness rather than love or adhering to what God is telling you to say to that person. Remember, God sees the real motive behind what we do and why we do things. If you do it to appease yourself or put people in their place, that is a major difference than providing love and wisdom as guided by our Father. We must learn the difference between loving corrections vs playing God and judging. Just because we may know more and implement more than another individual, it doesn't mean that our intentions are pure. Today, I invite you to examine your heart...What are you really saying without actually saying it, why are you saying it, and were you led to say it in the first place? This is not a time to be silent, but it's also not a time to hide behind aggression and call it love.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Freedom of Choice vs Freedom of Guilt

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

*There is nothing too tempting that you are forced to circum to it. There is also nothing that you are experiencing that someone else has not already gone through. We are here to share our mistakes with one another without judging. Things are magnified based on how we see it, how we handle it, who we choose to talk to, and the reason behind why they are done because of what we choose to do. Even when the pressure is high, there is always an outlet of escaping from being tempted to do the wrong thing. Whether we take it or not is a part of our right to choose. Choose the way that speaks to your spirit and gives you peace. If what we desire goes against God, than there is a better way of doing things. Don't yield to what is quick, easy, useful, or fulfilling because you think so...Walk away from an unnecessary hardship towards your outlet of escape, and your path to righteousness. The reward will be much sweeter in the end, than sweet for a moment and chaotic to fix.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Talk the Right Talk in Your Walk

Proverbs 15:1 (ESV)

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 

*Words have power, and often determine the angle of the conversation and how far things will go. What we say coupled with how we say things carries a lot of weight, and determines the end result to the conversation. That's why it is always important to think before we speak, and allow God to lead us in what we say. Also, this doesn't have to just be for conversations to correct or fix something. God's guidance can help you even in situations when you may not know what to say when pursuing friendship, courtship, testifying, or opening up to people. Many times we often say things that convey the wrong message of intent, and do not depict what it is that we really desire. We must be able to convey what we need or what is desired in order to get the outcome that you desire, and what God wants. Today, let's work on speaking life into our situations and into others. Your faith can carry you through and trickle down to everyone else around you. If words have power and convey a certain message that causes action, what are you missing out on, saying conveying incorrectly, or dealing with when you don't have to?...Be positive in your words and tone, which will influence your actions.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Mind Modification

Proverbs 3:7-8 (ESV)

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. 

*Many individuals always feel that they know what's best, that they are making the best choices, that they are correct in their way of thinking, or offering the best advice. However, these choices and expressions are often done based on our own experiences, how we have been influenced, or our environment that may not necessarily line up with the word of God. This is why we should be guided by God in what we say, do, or the conclusions we come to because we are constantly planting seeds and representing Him. Even if what we say and believe sounds good or is fact, it still may not be the appropriate time to share that information until God tells you too. That's why we need to consult with God on everything we do and say, and be open to modifications based on what He places on our hearts and drops in our spirit. I know I could stand to be more in tuned... How about you?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Focus On Your Spirit

Galatians 5:16-17 (ESV)

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

*We must stay focused on praying, combating our thoughts with the word, and seeking God for covenant partners in order to keep our minds and physical capabilities from circuming to the flesh. Refocusing our thoughts and actions is a daily process that requires more than just resistance. We need to be open to the assistance that God sends us, and we also need to make ourselves open to assisting and not just receiving. No one likes to be the person who is always there for others in their moment of weakness, but not have the same in return. Therefore, what is God trying to tell us when it comes to what we do, say, and think on a daily basis? Are we going against the flow of His current and the direction He is trying to take us in, or are we going with His flow to help is stay focused and grow? Do we believe it is ok to be inconsistent, or are we working towards being consistent to listening and acting on the guidance given by the Holy Spirit, and implementing this in our lives constantly?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Challenges Lead to Changes

Romans 8:31-32 (ESV)

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

*Often we have a full plate set before us at the start of the work week, and we have the pleasure of working to ingest it, even when there are things on if that we don't like. Well, the initial intake may be hard to chew and swallow, but we have a powerful digestive system that is designed to break down things, take in what we need, and remove unwanted waste. Isn't that something like life in general? People and circumstances may put something before us that we may have trouble taking in or adjusting to, but God is the powerful source to help us see the good, and remove the bad while all the while reminding us to remember His promises and utilize what He gave us to obtain them...Strength and the ability to process things through, while removing the unnecessary. So, remember that if God is for you and gave you all you need through His son, who can rob you of seeing things His way and working if out for your good? Better yet, who can keep anything good from you despite what is presented before you? A challenge represents the ability for change...Speak life and take action for that change to occur. Let's pray for positive change this week, and the unacceptance of the norm and some old agenda...Not just for you, but others as well.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Knowledge is Power

Proverbs 15:14 (ESV)

14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

*While reading this, it spoke volumes to me...If we desire to understand people and things better, we should seek knowledge on best practices, how to handle it, or what to do and say. We should not speak on things we do not fully understand, did not seek clarity on, or haven't taken the time to research. Everyone thinks they know things, but the fact is that no one is well rounded in every topic. Furthermore, when it comes to people, you don't know why they made that decision or took that route until you seek wisdom..It can be as simple as speaking with them and asking God what to say, or as deep as needing to increase your knowledge by taking part in educational sources. Regardless, I hear so many people criticize others while commenting on what they don't know or believe to be right. Remember, God made us different for a reason..One of those reasons is to learn from each other. Per a conversation I was having last night, we think too much into things or are quick to criticize others before being like God, and learning to understand through love before we jump to a conclusion. Besides, some of us are seeking someone to understand, and to receive that harvest you need to sow that type of seed. Let's work on not putting our mouth on someone or something that we haven't expanded our minds to investigate and asked God what to do and say first.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Walking in Love

Psalm 145:8-9 (ESV)

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.

*As I meditate on God's love this morning, I think about how steadfast His love is and how I want to be more like Him...Humanistically, we become tired of people and get rid of them if they don't do us right, we are not flexible or open to others as we should be, we look for others to give to us even though we may not do them the same way, we speak and think  poorly of others despite our faults, and sometimes we just become plain sick of individuals. Let's take it a step further...Let's say we are the type of people who do what God tells us to do towards people, but our harvest has yet to manifest...Well, then we are the type of people who give up. Whatever your type, God remains the same...Forever loving no matter how we treat Him. He is patient and caring, but truthful and corrective in love. I've never experienced a love like this, and I want to be more consistent in displaying this love of God without feelings come into play. Feelings of love towards people last for a moment, but God's love goes beyond the feeling of that circumstance... It is deeply rooted and grounded to love in spite of anything. He sees you as His beautiful creation that is still being shaped and molded by Him, if you allow Him to continue to be the artist. He sees what you are capable of being and wants to help you get there. Wouldn't that be great if we could learn that as people?...Of course, associate with who God leads you to, but I crave the ability to love through longsuffering and toleration when I don't I want to be there. How's your love walk?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Love Conquers All

Romans 13:10 (ESV)

10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

*No matter the situation, you can never go wrong with loving others. Love is the ultimate way for you to find peace, be the bigger person, and even move and move forward without holding a grudge. Love leads to other action that contribute to the betterment of our health and well being, while having a powerful effect on even the person with extreme bitterness. God is love, and He wants us to share that love with other people. In order to work on our love walk, we must continue to ask how would God handle the situation, what would He say, or how would He do things? How is He asking us to show love? At the very least, learn to love yourself and understand the love of God. This will help you respect, love, and value others. Spread love today...You never know who needs it, and who you can inspire.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Protection and Redemption

Psalm 3:3 (ESV)

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

*Sometimes we want things so badly that we miss the warning signs. However, God amazingly keeps us, and lifts our head out of the fog of our desires to show us the truth. The way He sweetly informs us while giving us a choice is beyond amazing. Even when we make the wrong choices, we still have so many opportunities to remove ourselves from the temptation or the issue. There is always a way out, and even more so, there is protection from God if we are willing to receive it. Therefore, don't beat yourself up over a mistake. (I often do that, especially when it comes to the wrong relationship.) Just become more aware in Christ, and continue to build yourself up in Him to avoid unnecessary stress and hurt. Even when we make mistakes, there is a lesson to be learned and the positivity behind the fact that you've been freed!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

What is Your Focus?

Colossians 3: 1-2 (ESV)

1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

*Many times, we are focused on what the world tells us we should be doing... We set that idea as a goal, and focus on achieving it. We also make our own plans to follow, and constantly try to modify the plan if we are dealing with a situation or people that we prefer to be removed from. However, solely focusing on what we want and what we believe is best can be exhausting and often frustrating. We have to learn to turn our minds towards what God wants and what will assist us towards spiritual betterment and peace. He wants us to have an unexpected end, and the things we do on earth influence what we will experience after we pass on as well. So, ask yourself what are you focused on that makes life more difficult? And is that of God? Did you receive a word from heaven to deal or not deal with that? Take your mind off what society tells you, and ask God where is He trying to guide you.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Look of Help

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

1 Lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

*God is always sending assistance our way, especially during our time of need. Everything or everyone that comes to our aid is a reflection of God's love. We just have to open our eyes, hearts, and minds to notice and receive it. His help comes in forms that are unexpected, and ways we never planned... We just have to be open enough to receive, and also be a willing vessel to aid Him in helping others as well. I don't know about you, but sometimes I find myself open to God's help, but too busy planning how I think it should come rather than what or who He actually sends. God's aid is always there if we ask for direction and clarity, and become more aware of the resources He has given us and people that He has placed in our lives. Who or what are you missing out on?

Monday, October 19, 2015

We Need Each Other

Proverbs 15:22 (ESV)

22 Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed.

*Many times we don't desire to discuss what we are going through with others. We hold it in due to fear, judgment, false image portrayals, or we may not know who to talk with regarding our situations. However, there is strength in numbers, and God wants us to be reliant upon each other and not isolated when we are dealing with things. You may be surprised to find that you aren't the only one dealing with that particular issue. Also, our areas of weakness were meant to be edified by those who are strong in that area. This is why we must be aware of what others are going through in order to help edify each other in love, and to make a positive impact on one another. Please, be wise though and consult with God on who to share your information with. Discuss things as God leads you to the right people, but do not allow fear to keep you from having the discussion. We must also learn to be discreet and open-minded with one another because we need to be open to hear from God on how to walk in love and counsel people, and not condemn them, discuss their business, and of course be kind. May we all find covenant partners, come out of our shells, and look outside of our clicks to love on one another.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Truth will Set You Free

Proverbs 16:1-2 (NIV)
1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.

*God has an answer for every plan we try to come with, and every idea of that we believe is right. We all have a way of justifying what we do, or finding a reason for making a choice even when we know in our heart it's wrong. However, God looks at your heart and the truth that reins in our spirit to depict our real intentions and motives. We must learn to align our hearts with God, and listen to the Holy Spirit for what should be done rather than what we believe should be or needs to be done. God's thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are higher...He also knows the beginning and how things will end. Wouldn't it be better to trust Him? Don't make the mistake of leaning to your own understanding because you think it's right... There are a million and one ways to be blessed...Don't you want God to give you the best option? Plus, how many times have we fallen more so than triumphed when we start trusting in ourselves only? Be truthful with yourself, and listen to the Father.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Consider How You Treat People

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

*Our job as believers is not just to win souls, but to keep each other encouraged in order for us to stay encouraged and focused on the path to fulfilling God's purpose. This includes encouraging all believers, and not just those you pick and choose. We all have struggles and strengths,and those strengths can help someone else out in their time of weakness if we look beyond who and what we know,and become more open to God's directions. Often, believers are some of the most interesting people to associate with because many forget to walk in love, but instead walk in their feelings or judgment. However, God tells us here that we shouldn't give up on meeting or being together because there is strength in numbers....That strength is found amongst each other if we are open to receiving as we are to giving our opinions, thoughts, and prayers. This is why we must be led by God on what to say and when to say it, which will help avoid taking matters into our own hands and continue to link believers rather than tear us a part. Consistency, guidance, obedience and love are the keys between our people and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Monday, October 12, 2015


1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

*Being spiteful due to the action of others never solves a problem...If anything, it makes the situation worse due to negativity, often assumptions are created without facts, and you're hurting yourself based on the negative seed you're sowing. God loves us regardless of what we have done or said, and waits for us to come out of darkness and talk with Him.  We are required to do the same, even if it's loving from a distance. There are also so many individuals who claim to love people, but do not act on it...Loving yourself and others is more than words...It's whether or not you are acting on His word, and truly treating others how you want to be treated. May God work on our hearts in order to exercise true love towards one another while we work on our relationship with Him.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Think Outside Your Box

Hebrews 13:3 (NIV)

3Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

*Everyday, we have people suffering around us and within our society, yet many do not care as long as it isn't effecting their households. God didn't call us to be an isolated group that only uplifts people we know, or individuals that effect our well being. He called us to reach out to all of mankind whether they are similar to you or not. You never know how much even the simplest of things mean to people. Therefore, ask God how to use you to impact others, especially those outside your circle. A person could be hurting right before your eyes... Don't be so self absorbed that you miss the opportunity to be a vessel for God. Ask Him to lead you in this area.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Saved with a Promise

Acts 16:31 (NIV)

31They replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved you and your household.

*Many times we worry about the salvation of others, and whether or not they will make it into heaven with us...We may even base our connection with them on their current state that could be lacking Christ. However, our focus should not be on judging and making predictions about others. Our focus should be on how God is guiding us to impact them, while evaluating what we believe God is capable of in order to be saved and believe in His ability to reach other...even through you. If we know our worth and God's love towards others, we would know that He isn't just picking and choosing who is saved...He has a plan for us to assist others in understanding and accepting salvation if we only believe. Is your mind on being a vessel to lead others to salvation, or if you aren't saved have you thought about the benefits of being saved? Or are we too busy trying to remove ourselves from who aren't like us? Sometimes the sweetest people are those who aren't caught up in reviewing the life of others. Let God guide u.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wonders of His Wisdom

1 Peter 2:1-3 (NIV)

1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

*Our spiritual walk is a continuous process of growth; therefore, no one is perfect, but everyone has the ability to grow and become more refined. Discussing people in a negative light does not assist with growth, but hinders your ability to see the bigger picture;therefore you are now more distracted by what you feel in see currently vs how God needs us to build up each other to refine the details of our purpose daily. We should have a passion to seek God daily, and look for things outside the everyday norm...particularly if we are aware of His goodness. If we refine our way of thinking with a positive focus, we can see his guidance and methods of preparation for the next phase of life more clearly. Don't stifle your well being and that of others with negativity... Be the light in a dim room, the fire of encouragement, and crave God's for wisdom beyond what you have come to know. Have a good day!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Meditation on Stewardship

1 Corinthians 4:2 ESV

Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

*Understanding the responsibility of being trustworthy as a steward for God is one of the keys to winning souls and taking you to the next level. First, what you current have or who you currently have in your life is who God entrusted you with...Are you aware of the value of that trust? Now, think on these things...How do you treat them? Is it all about you; do you judge or criticize more then help;do you keep things well maintained or groomed; how do you feel or treat who and what you have? What we do with what we currently have determines when we are ready to excel and if we are responsible enough to go to that next level. Remember, God sees all we do including those things that we do to ourselves. Are we representing Him in our stewardship? God is telling us that it is REQUIRED that we be good stewards that are trustworthy; therefore, this is not an option. If you feel as though you are lacking in an area or aren't achieving what you desire, then a good starting point would be to evaluate how you treat who or what you have... Most importantly, is it up to part with God's standards?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Submit to Christ for the Sake of Life

Romans 8:1-4 (NIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

*If you are a born again believer, you have been given the power to overcome the desires, feelings, and actions of the flesh. There is no such thing as losing control in Christ if you believe in His capabilities and the strength He has bestowed upon you. Anything short of that is something we choose to do. Choose to overcome temporary habits, feelings that contradict what you know in the word, or unlawful desires. We can do all things that Christ strengthens us to do (Philippians 4:13). Now, imagine if we took that to heart...We wouldn't have to blame things or people for submitting to the flesh if we admit the truth of our own choices, and pray to obtain strength to overcome our ungodly desires.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Brotherly Love

Hebrews 13:1-6 (NIV)

1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”

*There are so many people outside of ourselves and who we know that require love. If we bother to open our eyes and look around, we will see many people that need the love of Christ. We are His vessels that can provide love, and remind people of His desire for their lives despite what they encounter daily. I won't harp on this subject, but allow the word to speak for itself... Are you focused on those you only know, or also those God wants you to know and impact? How's your love walk? Is your life lining up with what you believe? If not, it's never to late to make changes...

Monday, September 21, 2015

What's Your Focus?

Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

*If we align our thoughts with God, and ask Him to help us focus on His will for our lives, then everything that concerns us will work out with His guidance and our faith in action, and everything we desire will fall into place. When we realize we belong to Him and make Him the head of our lives, then all issues seem less of a burden and clarity appears because the problem no longer takes over our mind or outweighs other elements of our lives...We now free ourselves of worry and embrace the freedom of things God has delivered us from and blessed us with in spite of everything. God becomes the heavy weight, and makes the weight of this world light. After all, His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30) because there is nothing too hard for Him, and He takes on our cares. So, as you begin your week, focus on the positive and watch the negative disappear. There is no room for faith and failure within God's plan for you and His purpose for your life.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

How Do You Treat Others?

Today, I ask the Lord to help us with how we view people and treat each other... There are so many assumptions made, empty promises, and a lack of compassion yet a desire for others to be helpful or compassionate. Are we really sowing what we expect to reap in this area, or pretending to do so...#BeWhatYouWish2Attract...#UntilThen,BeWithGod

Matthew 7:12 So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is  the Law and the Prophets.

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The Weight of Your Name

Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)

22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.

*As you may have heard and know, your name carries a lot of weight... It depicts who you were, where you are today, and can provide signs of where you trying to get to...We call this our reputation. What kind of weight does your name carry? Better yet, is your reputation and weight up to part with God's standards? If we conduct ourselves according to the will of God, no matter what we've done in the past, our name can be wiped clean and depict a new creature in Christ. If we choose not to go this route, our name will reflect who we truly are because that hidden nature behind our name will come out and reflect our true beliefs and intentions...God knew how much your reputation weighs on your ability to minister and reach His people, which is why it holds more value than riches and can provide you with more favor than money can buy. Do you know what reputation your name depicts, and is it a reflection of Christ? It's never too late to make changes, but you have to choose to do so...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Making Way for Peace and Change

Isaiah 32:17 (NIV)

17The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

*We are promised peace and many things in the Bible, but often it is our responsibility to prepare ourselves and atmosphere for the things God has promised. For instance, peace is available to us, but it is dependent on how we conduct ourselves/who we choose to be around/ where we go/ and how we treat others. Personally speaking, God touched my heart about merry-go-rounds, and continuing to be around the same type of people,but expecting peace or different results. Sometimes you have to ask God who or what elements should be in your life to receive what you've always desired, or even how to handle things. Change can be unknowing or even uncomfortable at times, but it often works out for the better. I'm ready for some peace and something new...I'm tired of the same scenario and attitudes with  different faces or in a different location....How about you?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Learn to Live with God

Psalm 121:5-6 (NIV)

5The Lord watches over you the Lord is your shade at your right hand;6the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

*God is constantly speaking to us and trying to protect us if we are willing to listen. He is our protection 24&7, and if we are obedient and die to our flesh then we will have fewer negative consequences. God is not trying to keep you from enjoying life.. .He is trying to spare us from experiencing unnecessary hardships and heartaches. Sure, you will still go through things in life, but if you let go and ask for His guidance and covering, then the challenges will be handled better and less drama will occur. How much are we willing to go through without Him? Let's learn to live with the aid of His guidance, and not live to learn and be full of regret.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Ultimate Confidant

Hebrew 4:15-16 (NIV)

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

*If no one else understands, God does. He sees the way people treat us, the desires of our heart, and the constant fight to keep hope alive. He has gone through our temptations, but did not fall short to them because He wanted to show how we can overcome like Him and that sin has no power. He is our comforter when others do not care, and guidance when others have no clue how to show us the way. I pray we all have confidence to seek Him first in order for all things to be added (Matt. 6:33), and to alleviate the pressure when no one gets it. I am a person who relies heavily on this, and I am learning that God is my best friend. I am also embracing the fact that if no one else gets it, He does. I hope if you are going through something similar that you are able to embrace this truth as well.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Who Should Really Get the Credit?

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (NIV)

17But, Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. 18For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

*Anything we obtain should be all about thanksgiving towards God, and not what we believe we do for ourselves. It is God who gave you the wisdom and knowledge to maneuver through a certain task or be successful. We do not just come up with things on our own. What you do and who you are from a positive standpoint was generated through God's efforts, should be a reflection of Christ, and it's preparation for your purpose and the type of people you will encounter. Are you giving yourself too much credit? Is God really approving everything you do or pursue, or are you going at things blindly or listening to men? If we stay focused on allowing the things we do and say to reflect Christ, and we depend on Him, we wouldn't stifle His approval to grant us with the best. Leave Christ's opinion in all you do, and He will continue to excel us and see us through.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Victory Over Turmoil

Psalm 30: 8-11 (NIV)

8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

*Guys, when I read these versus, it reminds me of all those desires that I have had to quit... Just through in the towel due to feeling of being trapped or like I just couldn't get it right. I reflected on those who have been confused by the enemy and actually taken their own life due to these feelings. Then, God reminded me of how His work, your purpose, and your life would be in vain if you give up. What good are you to Him, others, or yourself if you give up? When it feels the hardest is often when we are on the presupus of our breakthrough. Notice how the verses depict a sudden change... Let's pray for one another to hold on and believe for change. We must uplift one another, and individually keep the armor of God on (Ephesians 6:10-18) in order to be protected and be delivered from the war with our minds, flesh, and the illusion of hopelessness.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Store Properly

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)

19Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

*As we begin the work week, I pray we do not become lost in what we need to obtain physically... I hope we will remember to work according to God's guidance, and supply our heavenly home with riches from the things we do for Christ. God wants us to enjoy the elements of Earth, but it must not become our focal point. We are here for a purpose that runs deeper than riches, and will impact our success on Earth and the honor we receive in heaven. Let's let go and depend on God, and all things will be added. Your dependency, obedience, and humility depict what comes to us.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

What Are You Sowing?

Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)

9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

*Many times we may become tired of being the positive one, the faithful one, the person who cares for others when it feels like others do not care, or maybe you could even be tired of being the only light for Christ in a dark environment. To be honest,it takes a lot of energy to properly be these aspects and more. However, we must hang in there and learn to do things through the strength that Christ provides (Philippians 4:13) rather than our own strength. Your light could be the only one that shines on the truth, and allows someone to make the choice to choose a pathway towards Christ. If we do not give up, we will be rewarded because through all the struggles for Him, He sees and has not forgotten. If you actually pay attention, you will notice that He sends bits of encouragement and people to encourage us if you are within His will and fighting for His cause. However, what is lacking the most is how we treat each other...especially those who are believers. Many of us are so quick to be kind to the world, but treat our brothers and sisters in Christ very harshly. These are people who are still growing in Christ too...People who need your love, strength, and consideration... Not your criticism, judgment, and attitude of "I will deal with you when I feel like it." Notice God points us out for a reason in this verse because He knows we are already going through a lot by being different and living for Him...The last thing we need is to turn against each other when we were meant t be the vessel to strengthen one another. So, as you go about your day, think about your actions for God and how you treat people. Even think on the reason why you do the things you do, and why people do or don't want to be around you. Is it due to standing strong in Christ, or is your flesh getting in the way and causing issues? Do you really exercise the golden rule, or even realize what type of seeds you are sowing based on your words and actions?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Steady and Unmoving is the Word

1 Peter 1:24-25 (NIV)


All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;the grass withers and the flowers fall,25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.

*When I think of this verse, I think of how people are forever changing, and trying to find themselves despite consideration for others or their circumstances. Just as quickly as grass grows and flowers bloom, they are now subject to the elements and can he damaged or even destroyed by the circumstances of life. Humans are the same way...We go through periods of our life when we flourish, are beautiful, act accordingly, and provide happiness to others...Then, there are those times when we become a little weak, damaged, and may dry out and almost wither away to nothing... Yet, God remains in control and His word will forever restore and cause change if you allow it to do so...There is no back and forth with God like humans..."It is what it is" with Him. I am so thankful that He never changes and remains the same. Allow Him to help you steady your life, and help you grow and flourish. Sure, you will have to weather storms, but at least you can properly grow through them with Him. Our phases are different stages of our lives that we can learn from with His word, or you can choose to be ever changing or going in circles with the same ordeal year after year without explanation. Which will you choose?

Monday, August 31, 2015

God is Near and Dear to Our Hearts

Psalm 73:28 (NIV)

28But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

*Being close to God helps add peace to any situation no matter what it looks like. When we are close to Him, we learn to treat things and people better because we see you things through His eyes, and perform to the ability that represents a kingdom mindset. Doing things is no longer about man, but about how God sees you and what He wants you to do. Our refuge and rewards come from Him... Man is just the vessel. Operate under His guidance to make it through, and to do what we are suppose to do. There is more to life when we incorporate, listen to, and are guided by God.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Leave Punishment Out of Love

1 John 4:18 (NIV)

18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

*Imagine if we really loved each other in spite of...Imagine the peace it would bring, and the unnecessary stress/assumptions/& drama would be at an all time low. When I read and meditate on this verse, I feel like it is referencing how fear is the punishment we put ourselves through based on our past experiences, so we punish others by not loving them unconditionally because we weren't always loved. Deep right? BUT, what if our actions didn't depend on the reciprocation of others...What if we could love like God? He loves us despite how we ignore, forget to consult with, mistreat, take for granted, or abandon Him. Yet, He still loves and waits on us no matter how disgusting we are...I don't know about you, but I become disgusted with people and their actions. Now, imagine if I didn't react based on that disgust or if you didn't. You see, it is not a sin to get upset with people or even distance yourself. The sin is based on our reaction and whether or not God would disapprove, and if we are punishing them...Thus become the judge. Love can be rough, but not if your heart is first in line with God making it easier to line up with others. Let's pray and work on acting on that today...Understand them the way God would, and ask Him how to do so.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Receiving the Right Understanding

Proverbs 26:12 (NIV)

12Do you see a person wise in their own eyes There is more hope for a fool than for them.

*We have to be careful about our decisions and how we arrive at results or conclusions. What we choose in life should be based on the word and wisdom of God, and not the rationalization of the Earth or our past experiences. It's important to learn from the mistakes of the past, but do not allow the hurt/results of a previous situation/ or fear aid in your decisions or depict your capability. God provides the Holy Spirit to aid in guiding us, and He sends Godly counsel to keep us. Don't assume you know more, no matter how many times you've been through a situation. Repetition only occurs because their is a lesson to be learned that you haven't received yet. Instead of us basing things off of what we believe we know, ask God to show you in order to help you grow. Besides, has leaning to our own understanding ever really gotten us the highest results?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Great is His Faithfulness: What About Yours?

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

22Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

*Despite what we have done or said, God's grace often spares us from evil and from what we really deserve. Can you imagine a love so strong that no matter what you do, you're forgiven? All you have to do is ask? Of course, what we say and do has a consequence, but forgiveness and protection are always available if we accept it. Everyday we rise, that is a new day in the Father...clean and ready to lead you in the right direction. Yesterday is a thing of the past, and today is the focal point to help you build upon a better tomorrow...Great is His faithfulness! If God can be like that, we as humans need to practice being like Him...Let go and do not hold a grudge, love in slight of, and use your wisdom to guide others...That would be your great way of showing your faithfulness towards God.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Align Your Mind and Spirit

John 6:51 (NIV)

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world...63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.

*In this chapter, God is discussing the importance of believing in and following Him. He also demonstrates His power by feeding the crowd with only five loaves of bread and two fish, and by walking on water. However, the major emphasis that He wants to point out today is in the word above to go along with these miracles. How many of us see God show up in our lives, but yet continue to operate in the flesh and do our own thing? We treat people poorly, participate in habitual sins, and do whatever we feel despite how God has been good to us and how He continues to show His glory. Yet we claim to believe in Him, and are even bold enough to believe for things even though our actions say otherwise. Our God is awesome and capable of all things, yet we keep looking for other outlets and betray Him by leaning to our own understanding. Today, exam what you do and say vs what you claim to believe. Does it align, or do you confess one thing and do another? There are miracles waiting around the corner for us all, but are you really in belief for them or do you secretly carry unbelief in your heart. May our spirits overtake our flesh and give life to our situations. Lord, help our unbelief.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Good Stewardship

We must learn to treat everything with a kingdom mindset...Learn to handle things the way God would, give things back they way you prefer them, and maintain what God gives you as though you are guarding and up keeping it vs wearing it out until it needs to be replaced. You see, you can't be trusted with greater if you aren't a good steward over what you currently have...What are you trying to get to, keep up with, and how are you maintaining and edifying to get to the next level? #SundayWord #ProgressIsAProcess #HowAreYouREALLYHandlingYours? #ThisIsNotJustYourBody,But #YourBelongings #AndThoseYouEncounter

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body

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Friday, August 21, 2015


Psalm 121:7-8 (ESV)

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

No matter what it looks like or how it feels, we have the protection of God. We just have to trust Him, and learn to walk in the peace that passes all understanding when we focus our minds on Him. We also must learn to talk with Him more when fear tries to rise up, and never forget that He is always with you. You may feel like you have no control, but God is in control of it all. Allow Him to show you the way, and He will keep you in perfect peace and protect you whether you are in your darkest hour or the hour of celebration. However, we must remember to do our parts by seeking Him and focus on freedom and not fear in order to realize that our protection that never ceases. We are covered under the blood....

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Let Him In...Secrets are Nonexistent

Psalm 139:7-10 (ESV)

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

*No matter how we try to ignore or hide how we truly feel, God knows and sees what's going on in your mind and within your heart. There is no such thing as avoiding something because it is within you for a reason. Therefore, address it and do not run from it. If it is something that needs to be fixed, God is a healer and deliverer. If it is a task that needs to be done or an unfulfilled desire, then perhaps it is time to stop ignoring it and address it with the Lord in order to go to the next level. No matter what we do or how we try to hide things, there are no secrets with God. After all, He created you, and who better to know the ends and outs of the creation better then the creator. Also, remember that you were created for a purpose that goes far beyond the ends and outs of a "normal" day. Go beyond how you would normally handle things, and reveal them to God. The answer could be right in front of your face, and change could be around the corner of you can incorporate Him in everything and stop running or doing things on your own.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Go Beyond Your Emotions

Romans 12:11 (ESV)

11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

*God doesn't want us to grow lazy in the things that make us happy, and forget to tap into the spirit for guidance and correction. For the feeling of happiness only lasts for a moment, and can be easily disappear or become jaded. However, seeking God and staying in tuned with Him spiritually provides longevity, and proper guidance that is not based on emotions. Being slothful is to be lazy...In this case, being lazy enough to utilize, get close to, or or pay attention to things that satisfy your emotions. This is only scratching the surface, or could even serve as a distraction from the bigger picture that God is trying to show you. Today, let's all work on growing and uncovering more depth spiritually, and go beyond the here and now or what satisfies emotionally...Find that drive in God leading you to the longevity of peace, and not the short-term zeal provided by a feeling.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New View with a Great Push

Isaiah 43:2 (ESV)

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

* No matter what we're going through, God is with us. Regardless of how things feel or look, God is pushing us through. Even the experience of the situation goes smoother when you are with Him then without Him. Therefore, we must build on our relationships with the Father and ask Him to help us through it all. If you feel uncomfortable talking with Him, then you may want to examine how you are viewing yourself vs how much God loves. I'm not saying that being a beloved and building your faith is easy, but I do know that the support and connection with Him gives you strength and the will to continue. Let's pray for each other, and that we see the situation the way God sees it...And, that we are guided by God.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Golden Rule

Matt. 7:12 ESV

The Golden Rule
12 So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

*I'm sure we have all heard of "The Golden Rule," but do we really abide by it or know how powerful it is? In Galatians 6, it talks about how whatever your u sow, you will reap... The same can be said with the golden rule...We must learn to respect and treat others how we wish they would treat us. In other words, lead by example. Think of it this way: No one knows what you have experienced, how you were brought up, or what your expectations are unless you tell them. It is our job to teach people how to work with us, and it is not fair to hold people accountable for something they know nothing about. Furthermore, it is also our job to work with others and understand how they are if we expect the same. This is called having an open mind and compromising. For instance, if you are blunt or rude, you can't expect others to be that way because we are all different. What we can do is work together to respect and use our differences to reach common ground, if you plan to deal with that person and establish a bond. However, first you must understand yourself and know how God sees you and who you REALLY are. Let's go back to the rude behavior example... Do you really believe God would want you to behave this way? Is that a true representation of yourself, or is it really a defense mechanism that you use to "protect" yourself. We must realize our true characteristics and how God wants us to do others before we can exude that to others, and expect them to give it back to us. Let's not operate out of hurt, convenience, trying to get the upper-hand, or any other defense mechanism or act of inconsideration. Let's really get to know ourselves, clean ourselves up with the love of God, which will then transfer into how to properly treat others. This love will finally develop into how others should be treating you, rather then a cycle of hurt you keep feeling bc of how you treat others based on past wounds and transgressions. The golden rule runs deeper then you know...Look beyond the surface.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Treatment of Others

Ephesians 4:32 ESV

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

*For most people there is an expectation that is automatically placed on others, and whether or not that person fulfills that expectation depicts how you treat them. Or, perhaps there isn't an expectation set, but the measurement of an eye for an eye...In other words, your behavior towards others is based off of what they do for you or how they treat you. Now, imagine if the same way you treat others is placed back on you...How would you feel, especially if you really liked or admired a person and they treated you poorly for no reason? The world is already cold, judgmental, and only favors those who fit whatever stigma or frame of mind that is pleasing. Let's not be like the world...Let's learn to love in spite of, be considerate, be honest, and open up to our sisters and brothers in Christ. If you're not sure about a person, ask God how to treat them. We are not here to place more hardship and judgment on each other...We are here to uplift. Imagine if people would treat each other the way God sees that person and how He tells you to view them...Wouldn't that be more comforting then our own assumptions? Furthermore, the measure you use to treat others will always come back to you...Tread and treat others through the wisdom of the Lord and not based on your past experiences.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Reassurance to Persevere

Colossians 1:11-12 (ESV)

11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

*For me, Hump Day feels more like a mountain to climb rather then reassurance of the fact that it's the middle of the week. No matter how we feel, even if you are on your last leg, the presence of the Lord is still near and His power can strengthen. In the midst of our weaknesses, we are suppose to have faith and give thanks in advance for the removal of our transgression. Today, let's not only pray to tap into his strength, but pray that others will find the ability to press in as well. Remember, the larger the trial the bigger the blessing...Please join your faith with mine that we see beyond the circumstance and tap into the opportunity that is at the threshold.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Patience is a Virtue

Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)

2 Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end
and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

*When we are looking for answers, we often want it to come immediately...particularly if the situation is under time constraints. However, we must learn to wait on the right answer from God, and stop being anxious. The anxiety that we build up in ourselves leads to hasty decisions and settling. If you are facing a situation, then make it plan to God and be honest about what you are facing. Then, wait for His guidance. He will provide you with the proper revelation and confirmation on what to do during your time of need at the right time. We just have to be open to the answer and honest with ourselves. Remember, the answer from God is clear because He is not the author of confusion...It is also for your greater benefit, and can manifest into something far greater if we are patient and believe. I'm right there with you.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Direction is Protection

2 Thessalonians 3:5 (ESV)

5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

*Based off of our experiences and who we have encountered, our hearts can develop a protective covering that won't allow certain people in or you may have issues with letting go of others. God is love, so He will not remove someone or a desire from your heart, but if it is not of God then we must learn to refocus our energy on God and remove our focus from that individual or desire. We must guard ourselves with the word, but be open to what or who the Lord is trying to show you or give you. We must be careful not to waiver from the truth and love of God in order to focus on who or what we believe is best. The rationalization of our minds is in no comparison to the plan and promises of the Lord. Become more grounded and focus on Him to develop yourself and fix those issues that you keep running into. If we are steadfast in Christ, there will be no room for confusion or our own motives... Stay focus, and I pray when we aren't that we get there. Remember, the direction of the Lord is your protection.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Make It Do What It Do for God

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

*Being saved and receiving the promises of God is not something you earn, but it is your divine right if you have enough faith to receive and act on the opportunity. What's been placed in your heart, once you are saved are desires, which all correlate together to fulfill your purpose. Every person you meet, everything you are given by God, and places He sends you are all a part of your purpose and destiny. The good things that you choose to do or not to do will impact your purpose filled path, and are based on the freedom of choice. Remember though  that every choice has a consequence be it positive or negative. Also, every act should be done because you love God, and not out of obligation or in hopes of pay back. Examine the things you're in, the reason behind why you do them, and what you choose to hold on to...Is in line with the word of God? Is it a part of His plan for your life, coinciding with the truth placed in your hurt, or is it a distraction that hinders the grace that has been placed on your life?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tomorrow May Never Come if You Don't Focus Today

Matthew 6:34 (ESV)

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

*On a day like today, it is easy to wish for the weekend...Perhaps your thoughts even go beyond that where you are wishing for the day to spend time with someone, wishing for a day when you don't have to work anymore bc of your own business, or wish for the day when change comes. Nothing is wrong with wishing and wanting, but when you start to become antsy or anxious then that's when an issue can occur and desperation may set in. The anxiety often causes us to make hasty decisions that get us outside the will of God. God could be trying to show you something or someone today that can assist your desire for tomorrow. He could even be trying to save you from something currently, but we are so distracted by what we want for the next day that we can't see the warning of today. There is nothing wrong with making plans for the future, but be on guard and aware daily of things that can distract or hinder you. Your decisions or what you miss out on today will impact your tomorrow. Be less anxious and more in tune to the Father who knows what today holds and what tomorrow will bring.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Double for Your Trouble

Isaiah 61:7 ESV

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.

*Sometimes we may wonder where is  God? Are the normalities or the suffering u go through daily really how your life is going to be? Where are the promises? Trust me, I understand. Sometimes we haven't received because we are blocking ourselves from our blessing, while other times it's just the game of patience. Either way, ask God for clarity... Sometimes we want to give up on seeking and asking, but God is faithful. I challenge you today to uplift someone who is going through. People are on the edge more than you know, and we are still vessels used to sow seeds in order to reap a harvest of our own.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

Of David.

27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

*Many times we may find ourselves in a state of fear. Sometimes we recognize it and other times it is a hidden issue, which is the very thing that keeps us complacent. If you are experiencing a block be it mentally, physically, emotionally, ask yourself is it due to fear of change? No matter what we are facing, God is with us every step of the way. Sabotage or unwanted changes are still under the submission of His control. Today, I am praying that we let go and let God. I too plan to work on always allowing God to guide and take the wheel bc without Him I will only run into a dead end. Let's work on increasing our faith, and not have a plan of action or a backup plan that has been developed through fear over time.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Salvation and Lifestyle

Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)

9 Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

*Being saved is not some complicated ritual. Anyone can be saved by simply confessing out of your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord. After that, the lifestyle you live is based on your love for Christ and not a ritual that you have to do as part of your salvation. Now, please understand that once you are saved, you cannot live your old life of sinning and grinning because habitual sin will still land you in hell. A mistake and repenting of that by asking God for forgiveness is one thing bc we all make mistakes, but continuing to do something does not  depict your love for God nor does it enhance your ability to allow change to occur in the mind and in your heart. Allow the confession of your mouth and your belief that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to influence how u see life and interact with others in it. Even more so, incorporate His word to bring about the solution for growth and change. There is a whole new way of thinking, doing, and receiving things if you act on what you believe...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Confessions Come From the Heart

James 5:16 (NIV)

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

*Those who believe in Christ often lack transparency. There is a facade personality that is expressed by others, which masks what's really going on in their lives or how they truly feel. However, the need to pretend is often the result of who you have been around and how others have treated you when you express your true feelings. In this case, we must watch the company we keep. In the body of Christ, we are suppose to be able to come to each other and discuss issues that we have currently. Where I may be weak at, you could be strong and vice versa. However, we must learn to stop pointing the finger or pretending that people are perfect. In this life we continue to grow, and that growth process contributes to admitting areas that need work and being willing to fix them. God is also encouraging us to uplift each other, accept differences, and stop trying to assume things or have "one up" on someone. This is not the game of tennis, but a maze of life that we are all trying to figure out. Remember, everyone is different and it is not your job to change them. What is your job is to be used by God to have a positive influence and allow Him to do the changing. Be wise when you have a discussion with people, and be alert as to who God is telling you to speak with or not to speak with...Remember, just because you feel comfortable venting to them may not mean they are sent in your life to help you. However, be open to who He does send and be realistic about the areas that you need help in...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Seek Wisdom

1 Corinthians 1:25-26New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

25 The foolish things of God are wiser than human wisdom. The weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when God chose you. Not many of you were considered wise by human standards. Not many of you were powerful. Not many of you belonged to important families.

*Trusting in God and allowing Him to guide you every step of the way is always wiser then trying to figure things out on your own or with the wrong counsel. You may find yourself going in a circle, seeing the same circumstance, and having a tough time moving forward. You were never meant to go through life alone... The Holy Spirit was sent as comfort and for guidance. Think on where you were/are in your current state by not being saved...Now, think on how far your own thoughts or those not sent by God have taken you. Lastly, ask yourself whether the world's ability has helped accomplish more then God's ability, knowledge, and support....Stop beating a dead horse or seeking your needs or guidance from the wrong individuals, including yourself. Allow God to edify your thoughts, guide you through your situation, and help you rearrange your circle. Are your own capabilities, habits, and assumptions really helping you better yourself?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Victory and Favor

2 Timothy 1:8-9 (ESV)

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. . . .

*If you are a child of God, do not be afraid to represent Him and not fit in with the world. If the world doesn't accept you, be happy they do not and don't blame yourself. Sometimes people become upset with what they do not understand, or even what they wish they could become. It's our job as believers to help them get there, and if they aren't ready, then be a light amongst the darkness. We can be lights by sharing what we go through and declaring God's will and love. You never know who needs to hear it, or what someone else is going through... Your suffering, situation, and ability to overcome may be the very thing that brings them out. Remember knowledge is power, but only if u share it. Do not be ashamed of Him bc He wasn't ashamed when He took your punishment. Even more so, we will go through bc Christ went through... A rock must go through a process b4 it becomes a diamond...Go through declaring victory towards the enemy, and come out ready to tell the world!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Holding You Back?

Matthew 7:7-8 (ESV)

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

*Many times people miss out on their blessings because they are afraid to ask for them, or following God's guidance and carry out the action of seeking Him in order to find what rightfully belongs to them. The process of receiving what's yours may be held up because you feel you aren't ready, aren't deserving, or you may not believe it even exists. Think about situations God has brought you out of, people He has tried to place in your life, or things He has given you...He felt you were worthy, so why not seek out & obtain your blessings with confidence? If you are afraid, then ask for wisdom and incorporate Him in your life more to help you with the balancing act. Remember, we can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13). The problem is how we handicap ourselves be it due to lack of faith or complacency in sticking to what we know, instead of receiving what God promises and reaping what we have sowed. Ask yourself are you the one who is blocking your blessing?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Don't Circum to Complacency

2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

*As humans, we often utilize the experience we have gained in the world to justify our behaviors or situations. We except the myths of the world as being the truth, and we accept that there is no other way other than what we have learned through life's experiences. However, when you are saved there is ALWAYS a new way that God is trying to show you...One that is specifically tailored for you in order to bring you all you need and more, but you must trust Him. It's not about what you have been through or what you are currently involved in that may not be of God. The real question is whether you are willing to let it all go to become closer to Him. The closer you are to Him, the clearer you will be able to see ways around or towards what you desire. He is also not asking us to be perfect in establishing a relationship with Him...What He is asking is that we open our hearts and minds, and be honest about our lifestyles and what we need to do to follow Him. The only reason why we may feel complacent, in a rut, or circum to the sayings and beliefs of this world is bc we have not fully tried God...We may also desire to justify our behavior bc that's all we know, but there is so much more if you let go of what you know to gain more of what He can show you if you are willing to act on what your spirit believes...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Your Blessings are Not of This World

Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

*Sometimes we are so overwhelmed by our desires that we operate by worldly principles in order to obtain them, rather then seeking our Father and receiving His guidance. We may even become driven by the thought of receiving it or getting things done as quickly as possible, or by any means necessary. That drive may turn into what fuels us rather then the directions of the Holy Spirit, and the reassurance of God coming through with what is truly right for you. Remember, we are not to circum to the anxiousness that the world has taught is to thribe on, but we are to be governed by a higher power (God) that has already guaranteed us the promises of Abraham. We just have to be guided and act on how God tells us to obtain our heart's desires. God made us with specific goals and blessings in mind which will take specified instructions, just for you, in order to obtain these things. Therefore, calm yourself and realize who you are to Him...Now, pray and feel the peace of how to go about your day, walking fully in your purpose ad promises of the Lord.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Contamination Leaves No Room for Purity & Promises

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

*The promises include receiving our heart's desire (Psalm 37:4), having life more abundantly (John 10:10), and receiving exceedingly and abundantly all that we ask (Ephesians 3:20)...These are to name a few. There is so much that God wants to show us and provide, but are we willing to do things to show our love towards Him and His people? Are we willing to clean up our lives from things that are distracting us from receiving clear instructions on what God really has for us, what He is trying to show us, or  instructions on how to prepare? Do we take enough time to cultivate and go deeper in our relationship with Him? Do we want Him more than the stuff? Everything that contaminates your body and spirit is just a distraction that is designed to keep you complacent and away from the next level. Take the time to be honest and truly think about what's holding you back, and how we have become so complacent with who or what we know that it keeps us from embracing the right things or something new that you've always wanted...

Friday, July 24, 2015

God's Timing

God's timing is the best time...Until that time comes, let the energy behind your aspiration be your motivation that causes preparation ...#GrowthOccurring

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Plant Wisely

A seed was created with a purpose to grow... Whether or not it will blossom is determined by where you plant it, and how you care for it. Are you sowing into good ground, and taking on the faithful responsibility of cultivation? #Faith+NaturalActions=A Harvest...#Be guided

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Remember Your Past to Move Forward

Psalm 107:1-3 (NIV)

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.

*Always remember to be thankful...Not just for what you have now, but where He brought you from. Many times we forget about the obstacles we have faced in the past or challenges we thought we would never overcome... Yet, God saw fit to deliver you and allow His grace to be upon you regardless of how we let the enemy come into our lives. We often move on, and continue to fight the good fight daily while forgetting the lessons from the previous battles...Don't forget where you came from. Be thankful, and take these lessons into the future with you...This information may be the very thing that takes you to the next level. Most importantly, it is your testimony that you are required to share with others and speak of how WONDERFUL God is and will always be! Your praise takes you to the next level, and your humility proves you are ready for it...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Grace and Faith = Favor

2 Corinthians 7:1 (ESV)

7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

*God has a covenant with His people and promises to supply your needs (Philippians 4:19), give overflow (Malachi 3:10), and give us our heart's desire (Psalm 37:4) just to name a few. There are several promises that He desires to fulfill, but He is waiting on us to receive them. We just have to operate under the elements of grace and stay in faith. God blesses us even when we are hard headed, but imagine the grace we would flow in if we removed things from our lives that didn't coincide with God...And if we stopped operating with malice or negativity towards one another. The blessings of the Lord are suppose to continuously flow. Don't allow anything to hinder your spirit, or any person to pull you out of His grace and peace by blocking your blessing. God is always trying to get things to us and desires a stronger relationship with His people, but are we willing to accept guidance, make room, and remove distractions to operate in His covenants.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

More to It Than We Know

Romans 5:17 (ESV)

17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

*The choices and ways that we see on Earth are not your only option. You are not condemned, doomed, or have to circum to the options that the world provides...Everything that doesn't work that way. If you open your mind, you will see that there are better alternatives with choosing God. The ability to accept Him into your life is free, which also presents freedom from feeling as though you have to accept the everyday norm. With this freedom is the ability to be covered by His grace, and the option of receiving endless possibilities if you believe. There is so much more to God then you can imagine if you are willing to open your heart to Him consistently and be guided by His word and the Holy Spirit. He is the way, the truth, and the light....

Monday, July 13, 2015

Open Lane, No Charge...Pay Attention

Isaiah 40:30-31 (ESV)

30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

*We all become tired of the same old things...Same job, same ridiculous people, same atmosphere... The list can go on. However, in God there is change and renewing of the mind and circumstance. He is ready to supply you with strength to endure, and to cause change in the way you view or handle a situation. He is also waiting on us in order to provide a completely new ordeal if we only pay attention to the signs. We look for things to happen one way, or circum to how they usually occur. However, we never bother to look at the signs to notice that an outlet has been provided to take us to the next level. However, if you can't take heed and are blinded, then you become stuck in the same situations and connections. Look for renewal today... It may come in  a form you have been ignoring the whole time...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Focus on Joy

James 1:2-3 (NIV)

Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

*God is not testing your faith...The enemy puts things out there to see how you will react. Our reaction is evidence of where our faith is...Developing perseverance deals with staying rooted and grounded in God, and giving the enemy push back to let him know he won't win. Also, you hold the power within to do the opposite of what the enemy is telling you to do. So, regardless of the situation, let's focus on God's possibilities and not transfer the focus to the enemy's poor efforts to knock you off your square. I choose to find joy, even if it's just God and me. What do you choose?

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Do You Really Know What Love Is?

Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs.

*If you truly have a dislike for someone or something, those feelings are eventually going to come out of your mouth because that's how you feel in your heart. You may not necessarily tell that person that you can't stand them, but chastisement, being rude, having an attitude, being disrespectful, or not trying to understand the other person is a form of hatred. We are not entitled to invite everyone into our personal circle, but we are called to love them. So, if someone chooses to back away or express concern of how you treat them, love will listen while hate will continue to say "I'm going to do it my way." Let's try doing it God's way. We have been put on this earth to work together, not tear each other down. We have enough hate in the world without contributing to it.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Distinctions of His People

Proverbs 18:2 ESV

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

*Happy 4th of July! On this rainy 4th, I wanted to be transparent with you and give you food for thought as plans may have slowed due to the rain. One of the things I have noticed is how people automatically categorize a person based on how they look, how they act, or what they stand for...Please, understand that when we do this, we often end up with a surprise because everyone is not going to be the way you have experienced them in the past, do not fit stereotypes, or will not exhibit the characteristics you assume or have been taught about from movies , etc. Furthermore, one of the biggest tricks is believing in zodiac signs and clumping people together from that angle. We are all individuals, and no matter how many characteristics that you encounter that are similar to someone else, that person is still going to have some sort of feature that makes them unique and different. Furthermore, just because people have similarities does not mean they are the perfect fit as a mate, friend, or colleague. What we need to do is drop the assumptions and listen to what God has to say about the person. For instance, if you get to know me, I am not some naive person that runs around wanting friends, begs you to become saved, or tries to people please....I am very wise in how I handle people, very specific about the company I keep based on my assignment of you or who God is telling me to connect with, and I pick and choose my battles. As a matter of fact, my flesh prefers not to deal with people at all because they constantly change, but thank God for the change in my heart in doing His work and knowing that no man is an island. Let's practicing first listening to what God is trying to tell us about people, and if given the green light, getting to know them without assuming they have specific duties or characteristics. As the great Fred Price Sr. once said, he treats everyone like they are a blank sheet of paper...Furthermore, he gives them the chance to write on that paper. Why can't we do the same? As they are writing, let's not over-analyze either, but learn to communicate to truly understand what the person is trying to tell us. I also encourage you to give everyone a fair chance, and not be so quick to judge one person while turning a blind eye to another. Also remember that our strengths were designed to help others in areas of weakness, and our weaknesses were designed to be strengthened by those God sends to help us. Life is about being guided by God, being open to the possibilities He can provide, and learning before living....especially with His people. Remember to be guided...