Don’t Count Them Out!

The wonder of God always amazes me. This morning I boiled eggs for my breakfast and lunch. I packed it away in my little plastic bag (my way of recycling … LOL) and put it in my tote. My tote sat in the passenger’s seat, unmolested in any way, as I drove to work.

In my office, I began to take from my tote the things I needed for my day including my food and snacks. As I separated the food items for what needed to be refrigerated and what could go in my cabinets, I saw that 2 of my eggs were cracked. One looked like a puzzle of a shell and the other looked like car glass when it’s hit by a rock with an impact point and little cracks spreading out from it.

I felt bad for my eggs.

However, as badly as their shells were damaged, they would still serve their purpose. They would provide my nourishment for the morning and give strength to my bones. They would satisfy my desire for healthy food.

Sometimes, we forget that people are like these cracked eggs. On the outside they appear broken, cracked, and unusable, but God, never wastes the hardships in life. Instead, he takes what he has put on the inside of the person, and uses that person to feed and nourish others who have been broken, cracked, and rendered unusable by society (and sometimes, the church).

When I listen to people who struggle with mental issues (suicide thoughts, bipolar, anxiety, depression) openly relay the glory of God, and how God gives them exactly what they need to push through these too often unspoken struggles, I KNOW THERE IS A GOD! We are far too silent in the church about mental illness, in my opinion, which may explain why they aren’t flocking to join with us. Just my opinion.

Too many Christians look down their noses at people and say, “they’ll never amount to anything or they crazy; I’m not messing with them.” But I praise God every day when I see and hear and talk to these very same people whom God uses in mighty ways to reach others who are without the hope believing Christians have. They are transparent about their struggles with mental issues and they openly shed light on the fact that God is a very present help. They speak openly and boldly on how God is right there with them, helping them body slam the lies the liar whispers to them. How God is there helping slay the dragons that nip and breathe fire upon their thoughts and minds in those dark hours. And how God wants to help them, too, if they will only let him into their lives.

Don’t count them out! That family member, loved one, or enemy whose shell is broken, cracked, and appears unusable. The power of God MOVES MOUNTAINS and PARTS SEAS; it causes the SON to shine, and the HOLY SPIRIT to apply healing ointment to comfort as He guides them back into the light of day. And this I know to be true because “it is written” for my ensample and example!

Don’t count them out! Instead, pray for them, listen to them, counsel with them, and both pray for them and with them. Don’t miss your divine appointment to meet someone right where they are at in their life – right where you are in yours. Try educating or learning a little something about mental health.

Don’t count them out! – God didn’t count you out, now, did he?

“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

James 5:11

Appreciate

Every now and then I look in the mirror and Thank God for what I see staring back at me.

Part of it is simply appreciating what God knitted together in my mother’s womb (and I happen to be particularly pleased with my eyes 👀).

The other part, however, is what lies beneath, buried within me. First and foremost, I’m grateful for the presence of the Holy Spirit living there. He has been my faithful, holy ride-or-die, even when I’ve taken him places too shameful to admit. Because of him I have life — eternally and earthly — even though there were times I didn’t feel worthy of life and thought to take my own (how sad that I even thought to end the life I had no power to give).

Lastly, I simply appreciate how no matter how many times I fail, fall, am paralyzed by fears & doubts, and grow weary under the trials that come with life, my God has ALWAYS PULLED ME from the pit, cleaned me up, and whispered to my spirit — “It’s okay—I GOT YOU, My Child, ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!”

If you can relate, post a picture of yourself, give a shout out to your fav facial feature, and one thing you are especially appreciative of in your life!

The Void

8 There is one alone,…9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 

Sometimes we feel a void in our heart that overshadows our peace and contentment with life. It often manifests itself as loneliness. We attempt to fill the void with work, food, or pleasure, but somehow, they never seem to be enough to fill the void. The reason for this is: that void is specifically reserved to be filled by God alone.

God wants a relationship with You! He wants to be your God, your Heavenly Father, your Savior, and your Comforter. He doesn’t just want to give you access to His provisions and resources but he wants to be the ONLY SOURCE for everything you need and desire.

You weren’t designed to maneuver the hills and valleys on the road of life alone. Let God be both your navigator and partner on the journey of life.

PRAYER: LORD I’m tired of feeling lonely and I want you to fill this void that you reserved for your Holy Spirit. I never want to feel lonely again. You are worth seeking after like precious gems and great treasure. I will seek You daily when I wake and when I go to bed. Be my center and be the prominent person who occupies my thoughts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fellas Beware – She May Not Care

Dear Brethren,

If the woman by your side doesn’t allow you to be open about the above things and spends more time trying to belittle you or attack your manhood, then you don’t have a woman by your side.

Know the difference between a woman who views her needs more important than yours. More than likely you’ll find this type to be less than a partner and more of a task.

This is not a woman bashing post. My brothers and sons need to know there is a difference between having just a female in their arms or beds versus having a woman whose character proclaims her virtue as wife material.

Don’t Forget God’s Love Language

Our spiritual garden needs cultivating year-round

I really like this prayer and grabbed it from one of my daughters, Meka Mitchem. It speaks to how God’s children should WANT TO RELATE TO OTHERS.

It takes godly wisdom to come to the understanding that God designed us to be unique in our makeup so that when those who are His came together, they would be the example of what unity looks like for the unbelieving, and then be the draw that introduces them to Christ.

Some of us have a lot of work to do, but every little step taken towards following Jesus’ example helps shine His Light out into the darkness of this world.

May we learn the love language of the “One Another’s” – 1 John 3:11-4:12

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:11 – 4:12

Do You Care to Communicate?

Go into any business (government, private) and you will be met by someone who lacks communication skills. Unfortunately, it seems like people are more interested in hearing themselves sound off about something than they are about creating a bridge that connects our humanity.

In fact, many of us might be surprised to learn that the reason doors were closed to a business opportunity or a personal relationship had more to do with our lack of communication skills than with what we had to offer. Even now, there may be people close to us who feel we could definitely use some improvement in this area (spoken & unspoken).

Sound relationships require us to develop good communication skills. No one wants to waste their Words on deaf ears, and no one wants to share information (especially on matters of the heart) with someone who refuses to, at the least, empathize or sympathize with them.

And it’s not just WHAT YOU SAY, but HOW YOU SAY IT — with your lips, your facial expressions, and your body language!

Sound communication has 2 skill requirements — that you develop (1) good listening skills and (2) good speaking skills (which includes repeating what you heard the person say). The measuring tool is how well you do both.

  • Are any of your relationships suffering because of poor communication skills?
  • With whom do you have a strong relationship and how does your communication style boost the relationship?
  • Do you communicate from a place of hurt (woe is me), or a place of demand (you better acknowledge me), or desire to be known (what your character/principles are based on)?
  • Are there any areas in your life where better communication skills can benefit or elevate you or another?

It’s a win-win when we learn how to Speak and Listen well to others. But, it’s personally enriching when we learn how to speak and listen well to ourselves ♥️🦋♥️ so we can communicate our care towards ourselves and others.

Help Meets Know the Truth🙏

God created the woman with a capacity to give so much to help her husbandmen (Jesus, your marital husband, and your boss/work authority) and ENCOURAGEMENT goes a long way! Plus, it costs you very little to utter a few words that let him know you are one of his biggest supporters.

Men were made to lead, be strong, and be of good courage, but sometimes … they will find themselves struggling to lead, feel weak, and be discouraged by all the weights placed on their shoulders. They are no different from us when it comes to managing responsibilities and life in general.

Today is a good day to Encourage a man in your life with the Word of God.

Remind him of his God-ordained role (to govern and direct without a dictatorship mentality) and encourage him to invite God into every situation; and ask God to shine His Glorious Light into their day and provide guidance along the way!

#EncourageHim

#Pray4Him

#LetHimLead

#HelpMeetsKnowTheTruth