HGTV: Renovate Your Mind Part 1

Renew the mindIt’s time to renovate. HGTV is a cable television channel that features all types of how-to shows. Some of the programs teach how to make an old rundown home into a new one by means of renovating. Most want the cost of an older dilapidated house, but desire to have the look of an expensive new home. The buyers work together with the contractors. They walk through the home and come to an agreement on what needs to go and what needs to stay. Demolition begins. Jack hammers knock down walls. Circular saws cut certain material. Power drills drive holes in certain places. At the end of the program, the house is completely renovated, looking and feeling anew with the fraction of the cost. The final result: the inexpensive home can be sold at market prices way above the purchase price. The old turned new, with a profit.

It’s time for you to renovate. Tune to the channel H.G.T.V and Hear God’s Tender Voice and renew (renovate) your mind. Don’t you want your old life to be renewed? Are you plagued with issues influencing your life? Bills? Children? Finances? Relationships? Jobs? School? Your future?

If you want to change your life, you must change the way you think. The things you think about influence your acts and behaviors. Your acts and behaviors—good or bad shape your future. It’s a chain reaction.

What is renewing the mind? It’s taking your thoughts and replacing them with God’s thoughts. It is the ability to stop, look and listen before reacting. Listen to God’s tender voice and tune out your emotions, feelings and the voice of the devil.

Using the house renovation, in the beginning, let’s apply it to your old way of thinking.

  • You have an older dilapidated house.*You have an old way of thinking.
  • The buyers work with the contractors. *You work with the Creator—God.
  • You and the contractor walk through the home and come to an agreement on what needs to go and what needs to stay. *With prayers to God, you come into agreement with your present way of thinking, what needs to go and what needs to stay.
  • Demolition begins. * An overhaul begins with casting down all negative thoughts, emotions, feelings, acts and behaviors and the devil’s voice.
  • Jack hammers knock down walls. *Our faith in God breaks down the strong holds of fear, the world and the devil. The ability to triumph.
  • Circular saws cut certain material. The Word of God is the Sword of power cutting through the negative emotions and the stresses of the world. The Word is power. It’s quick and sharp.
  • Power drills drive holes in necessary material. *Trusting in God will bore holes in the world’s logic and rationale. Trust is believing; no matter what t circumstances stand in front of us; God will be there.

Renovate your mind. Renew your life. It’s time.

This concludes H.G.T.V Renovate Part 1. This informative message will be broken down into 3 parts. Renewing the mind cannot be explained in one session. At the end of the 3-part message, you will have the knowledge to renew your mind. The final results will be a new way of thinking bringing prosperity to your body, soul and spirit. H.G.T.V, Hear God’s Tender Voice!

Avenues of Awareness

Reflection Road

Example: You wake up late. Instantly negativity rushes in your mind. You’re in a rush. On the road, you forget your cell phone. No way to call your employer. Ahead there is an accident. Traffic crawls. You’re frustrated. While waiting you turn on the news. Murders, burglaries, wars and fear shouts to you. You become agitated and anxious. You pass the collision, determined to make up time, your speedometer increases, you’re speeding. You’re stopped by the police and receive a ticket. Now you’re angry. You arrive at work, stressed. A co-worker says the simplest thing and you explode. Your supervisor overhears and reprimand you. You’re stressed and the day hasn’t started.

Renewed example #1: You wake up late. Stop! The devil already begins to tell you about all the bad things that can happen. Look at what the devils is saying. Stop the devil in his tracks. Have an intimate talk with God—pray. Ask God what do? Listen to His voice. He may tell you to immediately call your supervisor about your tardiness. He may remind you about your cell phone. He may direct you to take a different route to avoid the accident. (Keep in mind, God may have caused you to be late not to be in the accident) Feeling good about God’s presence, while driving, you listen to gospel music or a gospel talk show. Your heart is lifted. Because you took another route you arrive at work earlier than anticipated. You walk in the office giving your co-worker a compliment. Your supervisor showers you with accolade and informs you, with the news, you are on the fast track to a promotion. 

Devil’s Drive

The devil does not want you to renew your mind. He wants to continue to speak negativity in your thoughts causing you to be fueled by hot emotions and driven by uncontrolled feelings. The devil wants to destroy your day, week, year and your life.

World’s Way

As you know, many of the world’s ways and society’s liberalities are orchestrated by the devil. The world wants you to renew your mind, but with its style, ideas, and manners and not God’s wisdom, will and ways. The world has brainwashed many with the concept; you don’t need anyone. The righteous knows they need God.

Personal Pathway

Way, way, back in the day, I loved to gossip. To receive juicy pieces of a scandal made my day. Being the person I was, whatever I heard, before passing it on to the next talebearer, I embellished. Every story needed more color. It was fun, until I made the headliners of the gossip column. Untrue stories about me soared. The tales had tidbits of the truth but was saturated with slanderous slop. I was humiliated. I didn’t ask God why this happened. I knew. God didn’t cause this to happen. I did. I realized my negative consequences resulted in negative results. A small voice spoke to me, Treat other people the way you want to be treated. I gave up being the gossip gab. I learned. I renewed my mind. I replaced my petty and damaging way of thinking and replaced it with empathy and consideration, for others.

Lord’s Lane

 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2King James Version (KJV)

 

Pitch Perfect:Make Good Choices

choices 2Make good choices. This was a line taken out of the movie Pitch Perfect, when a young college student told her staggering, drunken friend at a frat party. It was funny when she said it. As I recall, the next morning her friend didn’t make a good choice that night.

Right now, you are young, bold and brazen. Afraid of nothing and acting out without shame. You have the yoke of youth. Being inquisitive and opinionated strengthens your shoulders. Having the desire to know and learn new things, all while expressing strong beliefs and judgments about everything. Many of you are going off to high school, college or getting your first apartment or staring your first job.

As a young adult, you may think:

  • My entire life is in front of me.
  • I have all the time in the world.
  • I am invincible.
  • I am smarter than my parents.
  • My parents don’t understand.
  • I will not make the mistakes of my parents.
  • My generation matters.
  • I’m in love.
  • No one is going to tell me what to do.
  • I got this.
  • It could never happen to me.
  • It’s time to party.

We were all young and can relate to some or all of these proclamations. As parents, guardians or your social leaders, we’ve seen, heard and experienced things that altered our lives. Some of the changes promising, while others discouraging. At one time, the above statements energized, but as life happened, the energy faded into reality.

  • My entire life is in front of me until you had unprotected sex with one night stands and now have AIDS.
  • I have all the time in the world until you were with the wrong crowd, they committed a crime and now you are in prison for being an accessory.
  • I am smarter than my parents until you grasped the concept they went to college, received degrees and brought home healthy salaries and you ditched college and you’re making minimum wage.
  • My parents don’t understand until you discovered they did understand that’s why they tried to warn you about life and you refused to listen.
  • I will not make the mistakes of my parents until you realized you made bigger or more life threatening mistakes because of your stubbornness.
  • My generation will matter until you recognized the devil has deceived your generation and robbed you all of your identity, nothing seems to matter.
  • I’m in love until you become pregnant and the father abandons you.
  • No one is going to tell me what to do until you found yourself in an abusive relationship and every move you make is dictated.
  • I got this until the drug experimentation leads into addiction. Now the addiction has you.
  • It could never happen to me until it did.
  • It’s time to party until you identified that’s all you do and years slipped away.
  • I am invincible until you learned life has defeated you for lacking the knowledge to win the battles of life.

Listen to your parents. If you don’t have parents, God is your Almighty Father, you are never without a parent. He will teach you through His Word.

Please listen to your parents, guardians or spiritual leaders, if you don’t have them, listen to God working through me.

20 My son, keep your father’s [God-given] commandment and forsake not the law of [God] your mother [taught you].

21 Bind them continually upon your heart and tie them about your neck.

22 When you go, they [the words of your parents’ God] shall lead you; when you sleep, they shall keep you; and when you waken, they shall talk with you. Proverbs 6:20-22Amplified Bible (AMP)

Avenues of Awareness

Reflection Road

  • Do you have a plan in life? Or are you taking each day at a time? Is that really working for you?
  • Did you have a plan and some unforeseen event happened and your plan didn’t happen? Did you run away? Did you start a new plan? Did you ask God what plan He has for your life? Remember, your plan may differ from God’s plan for you. That may be why your plan is not working.
  • Do you listen to wise counsel and acknowledge they had a solution? Or does it appear your peers always seem to have a better solution. How is that working out?

Devil’s Drive

The devil deceived you into thinking it’s okay to:

    • Post on social media every sordid detail of your life; so predators can know you.
    • Give exact dates and times you will be at social functions so predators can find you.
    • Take selfies every 15 minutes so predator can know how you look.
    • Air out your dirty laundry so predators can empathize with you.
    •  Measure your importance and status by how many followers you have, so predators can befriend you.

Remember a predator is not always a sex offender luring young minds away from home. Predators are anyone who wants want to use, control or harm you. Stop listening to the devil. It’s not okay. All of the above are bad choices. Make a good choice to monitor what you post on social media.

World’s Way

Today, lusts and temptations loom everywhere. With the touch of a key on a tablet, laptop or phone you can do and see anything; and talk to anyone in the world. This convenience opens the doors to predators, schemes and crimes. Wrong choices have been made by trusting free gimmicks and identities have been stolen. Incorrect decisions. People follow scams where updated electronic are available at a fraction of the cost, failing to read the small print higher costs are connected to your credit card. Online chat room predators have lured many young girls to their destruction. The world is wicked. Make good choices.

Personal Pathway

A friend of my mine came to my house and asked me to go to nursing school with her. She said we could carpool and study together. She had a plan for childcare. My stubbornness caused me to look her in the eyes and say, “I don’t’ want to be a nurse. I don’t like taking medicine. How am I going to make others take medicine?” That was so stupid. I didn’t have a real life plan for my life. It took me about 2 years to discover nursing was a great career. I went to nursing school. But, I drove alone. I didn’t have a study partner. I didn’t have child care. God had a great plan for me. But, I wanted to do my plan. See where it got me? You never know when God has a plan for you. Listen!!!

Lord’s Lane

Stop relying on your knowledge and trust God.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6King James Version (KJV)

Get a foundation in God.

48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. Luke 6:48King James Version (KJV)

Don’t get a foundation in God.

49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. Luke 6:49King James Version (KJV)

 

The Spiritual Compliment

You Rock! Great Job! You look nice! I appreciate you! These are compliments. ComplimentPeople say these little blessings every day in some type of form. Compliments are little verbal blessings. Blessings are tokens of approval, encouragement or gifts created by acts or words that brings happiness. Each time a compliment is made it brings a little joy to the receiver.

Let’s take the compliment application into effect. You are a mother. Your son comes to you and say, I appreciate you, mom. You are the best mom any son could have. I always have good things to say about you to my friends. Thank you, for being you. You would be elated. With lips curled into a smile; chest lifted with pride; hugs exchanged, any reasonable request your son made, depending on the circumstance, would be granted. Mom, may I borrow the car. Your reply, sure, do you need gas money?

Let’s flip the script. Your son comes to you and say, you are so unfair; Tyrone’s mother always give him what he wants; I never get what I want; Why does bad things always happen to me; I hate my life; you just don’t get it. Your reactions and emotions may vary. Hurt? Disappointment? Anger? Your son’s request of borrowing the car, receives a different response.

Praising God, is probably one of the most overlooked tokens of devotion toward God. Yet, it’s one of the most important acclamation that can be performed. Praising God is expressing your admiration and appreciation for His name, power, accomplishments, attributes and gifts.

Praising God is the Spiritual Compliment. It’s worship. I appreciate, you Lord. Praise God and His Holy Name. God, I praise You for being the Creator of heaven and earth. Singing gospel songs of God is praising Him. It’s a way we can let God know we acknowledge Him and His Word, wisdom, will and ways.

Praising God:

  • Pleases God and puts Him first.
  • Repels the devil.
  • Lifts your spirits.
  • Blessings follows praise.

The spiritual compliment pleases our Father and reasonable requests will be granted. Praising God is not some type of magical incantation or a new world enchantment. Like prayer, this cannot be some type of ploy to win favor. It must be sincere from the heart. God knows your heart.

Praising God should be expressed not during just good times but, also, during times of affliction. When tribulation come your way, does the accomplishments of God or your admiration for Him change? It shouldn’t. Praising God during low time lets God knows, no matter what you’re going through, you will continue to praise Him.

Avenues of Awareness 

Reflection Road

  • Do you realize giving a sincere compliment to others is God’s way of complimenting that person through you? Think about the last real compliment you received. Did you feel good? That was God expressing his devotion to you through someone else. Praise God!
  • Think about it? Do you give compliments? Most will say yes. Do you give them expecting one in return? Or, do you receive compliments better than giving them? Why is that?
  • Have you completed a lifestyle change? Lost weight? Started a new job? Bought a new home or apartment. And expect for the compliments to roll in and when they do; do you bask in the warm arms of your praise? Do you praise or thank God for what He has done in you?

Devil’s Drive

It’s okay to praise yourself or others because it’s easier more convenient, explainable and logical—not. The devil has convinced many not to praise a God that you cannot see, feel, or hear. He replaced praising God with praising yourself. Say something good about yourself; give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself as long as you give the Creator who made you and who gave you the skills the credit and praise. That’s where the problem comes in. You are convinced every accomplishment or achievement made, you performed on you own. That is so untrue. Stop praising yourself and give praise to the Lord.

World’s Way

Criticism can be the opposite of praise. It’s the act or remark of disapproval or noticing people’s faults and shortcomings. Today, everyone is a critic voicing unsolicited advice. Measuring peoples’ acts according to themselves or other people, never through God’s eyes. Have you noticed criticism outweighs compliments?

Tabloids are the best sellers. Why. Because famous peoples are plastered across the front page for all to criticize judge and condemn. Those rag types of publication are not all about getting facts straight. It’s about selling the papers and receiving profits. The juicier the story the more it sells, and the more criticism.

Personal Pathway

No food. No gas. $4.00 in my bank account. Things looked bleak. I was in the Word and I knew worrying, crying and complaining wasn’t the answer. The devil whispered in my mind to fix this problem. Start calling relatives and friends to help you. Let everyone know God failed you. God is not going to help you because you failed Him. I listened to the negative words. The voices continued. I realized something had to be done. And I did something. I began singing a praise song I had recently learned. I praised God and His Holy Name. I sang the song over and over. Between the songs I prayed and recited God’s promise of prosperity of mind, body and spirit. I thanked God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me. I declared I was the righteousness of God. The negatives voices ceased. The next morning a sum of $100 was deposited into my account without me asking anyone. I smiled and said, Praise God and His Holy Name. God will never fail you or forsake you. See How to Pray 101 to read another personal story about praising God.

Lord’s Lane

Read 2 Chronicles 20. King Jehoshaphat and his people were going to be attacked by two different armies.  The king feared. He prayed to God. He won the battle without using any army weapons. Do you know how? The people stood up and praised God. They sang songs of praise and thanksgiving. And the Lord fought the battle for them. They did not win only the battle; they received an abundant amount of riches and wealth from their attackers.

What is Love?

heart witha penI love you. Do you? Do you know the meaning of love? The definiton has been become a watered down version of the truth. The word love has been misrepresented with lust and has been slammed to and fro like a tennis ball. Oftentimes, used at the convenience of many to get their wants and desires met.

For this session, I’m not addressing the love between a man and a woman or between friends or family. Those topics are tabled for another time. The love I am referring is between you and your Father, the Almighty God.

The Bible has one of the best interpretations of love. God is love. Love is God. That statement has been taught and imbedded in people’s minds since Sunday school. Preschoolers are taught the jingle, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. Now, I will like to take this opportunity to remind and/or teach on:

  • Who God is
  • What He is
  • What He ask of us
  • What He provides

Before proceeding, I will take time to express what God is not.

  • God is not the creator of all the bad events in the world.
  • God is not a heavenly Santa Claus showering gifts at the will of every whimper, whine and request.
  • God is not the executor, waiting to pass punishment on His children if they come short of His glory.
  • God is not deaf and blind with His arms crossed allowing bad things to happen to His children.
  • God is not the respecter of persons, meaning He does choose one person over another because of their self-appointed good works.
  • God is not a man. You cannot think or treat God like men on earth. Talk to Him any kind of way. You cannot manipulate or trick Him. You cannot win Him over with your devices of pity, negotiation, seductiveness, reasoning or any other tricks up your sleeves. He already knows the contents of your heart.

Who is God?

God is love. Everything about God reflects love. The love for yourself, neighbors, friends, family, spouses, and your enemies.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16King James Version (KJV)

What is God?

As you know, God is not a man, walking around on earth. He is the creator of heaven and earth. He gives life to all living things. Don’t perceive God as some gold or graven image; or a picture composed by man. God is a Spirit, His throne is in heaven, but He resides in your heart. God is a Spirit.

 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24King James Version (KJV)

What does God require of us?

Up until now, you may have agreed or been enlightened to the facts about God. What God requires of you is probably one of the hardest thing you must do. Why? Society dictates the ideas of thinking about self, pleasing self and praising self. Because of these worldly concepts, people have become self-centered and prideful. People don’t have compassionate or empathy for others. People judge on the measurements of men and not God; and are extremely hard on one another. God requires you to love one another as He loves you. This is not a Sunday school theory or something to be recited during church. This is a lifestyle you need to adapt.

 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34-35King James Version (KJV)

If you say, you love God, but have animosity, hatred, unforgiveness and anger in your heart for your neighbor, brother or anyone, you don’t love God? Why? Because God is love. This fact has been ignored or quickly overlooked. How many of you all sighed loudly, rolled your eyes, sucked your tongue in their teeth or uttered. You don’t know what he or she did. I can’t love this person because… I realize there are some extreme cases of excessive abuse or horrific circumstances and love cannot be seen on the horizon. This is the time to go to God and ask for His wisdom on how to love the unlovable.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20

What does God provide?

God’s provisions are endless. He provides light in dark places. He protects, comforts, guides, leads and teaches. God can be everything to everyone who asks. He performs tasks far beyond mortal man. God can do the unattainable and the unimaginable. God can provide you with your impossible dream.

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27King James Version (KJV)

Avenues of Awareness 

Reflection Road

  • Have you said, I love God? But, you can produce a list of people you dislike, hate,  or despise? From reading the above, do you really love God?
  • Have you read about people who experienced a terrible encounter by a specific person, but was able to forgive and release their hatred? How do you think they did it?
  • Why do you continue to have hatred or extreme dislike in your heart? Stubbornness? Pride? Control? Pain? I am here to tell you, for whatever reason you have, it is a necessity for you to release it. Once it is dispelled, there will be a flow of relief and freedom.

Devil’s Drive

The devil is a liar. He will attempt to convince you to have reasons to hate. Or not to love. I realize there are groups of people who have committed ungodly and horrible things. Go to God for assistance. One way to begin, is realize who is orchestrating these people. The “who” behind these people and their acts is Satan? He uses anything or anyone to do his wicked works. Satan has brainwashed and influenced these people to do wicked things. Let’s hate the true source.

World’s Way

Love your neighbor is a joke to the world. Hate your neighbor, be envious, jealous, is more like it. The world’s way does not align with God’s way.

Personal Pathway

Love the person; hate the sin. That is how I look at situations where it would be easy NOT to love my neighbor. Years ago, I had this supervisor. She was controlling, bossy and judgmental. I was the assistant supervisor and had to work closely with her. One day, she invited me to her house for dinner. I realized why she acted the way she did. She was married with 3 strong willed sons. Her husband ran the household with the iron fist. He dominated and belittled her. Her sons were hard headed and disobedient to her. The husband reprimanded the sons, and they did not listen to her. She had no voice at home. So, at work she made sure her voice was heard. I don’t want to indicate this justified her actions, but it allowed me to have empathy for her and to pray for her.

Lord’s Lane

God is not a man.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19King James Version (KJV)

God can provide light and can protect.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11King James Version (KJV)

God is our Almighty Father in heaven.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9King James Version (KJV)

God is truth and all His works are perfect.

 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Deuteronomy 32:4King James Version (KJV)

The Source of Electricity

Have you ever been without electricity? It could have been related to a blackout,Power source nonpayment of an electric bill or unconnected wires from the source. Without power, there is inconvenience, frustration and feelings of loss, brokenness and longing. Depending on the circumstances, it can be lonely and dark. Why? Because we need electricity for all areas of our life. We need power.

Let’s review the basics. Before electricity can be used or restored, your electric company must connect wires from their main source to your home, this may consist of underground cables, or electric poles. Once that is accomplished electricity is available in the house. Now, there must be a workable electrical outlet. Next, a device with a proper cord. You plug in the device and receive the desired effect.

Let’s take the above example and apply it in the analogy of life.

Are you frustrated with yourself, family, friends or your spouse? Having a feeling of loss, brokenness and longing? Sometimes, is your life lonely and dark? Do you lack the power to go on?

There is a solution to restore balance, add joy, peace and prosperity. It is an electricity of life. The power is grace and the source is God. God has given us the free gift of grace. Grace is underserved, unmerited favor. Grace releases the power for to perform all feats and overcome all obstacles. Grace is not something you deserve or something you can earn—it’s a free gift from our Father.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8King James Version (KJV)

If a friend gives you an unexpected gift. You may say. I don’t deserve this. You are correct. You didn’t do anything to receive the gift. It was a kind gesture or a token of love. You’ll thank your friend and enjoy the gift.

What happens with God’s gift of grace? Few understand or realize grace exists. When a goal is achieved, instead of attributing thanks to grace—God’s gift. They give thanks to themselves, someone else, coincidences, or lucky. These are reasons why your victories are short lived. You are receiving grace, but giving thanks and praise to the wrong source.

As mentioned, there must be four components to receive electricity: a main power source, a functioning outlet, a proper cord and a workable device.

Take the analogy and plug in:

God is the electric company, the Ultimate Power Source. Without Him, there is no main power.

 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3

Grace is the power/electricity that flows from the Source.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8

You are the device.

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16 KJV

The proper cord is your faith. Faith is the connection. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. You must have the strong belief and trust that God exists and grace is available. We receive grace though faith.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

The outlet is your heart. God works through your heart. If you believe in your heart that grace is available; that releases the power to have a restored and balanced life.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

You are the device receiving electricity from the main power source. If you have a faulty outlet and/or a damaged cord, you will no achieve your desired effect. You will be in the dark. Plug the cord of faith into the outlet of your heart and receive the electricity of grace from the Ultimate Power Source.

 Avenues of Awareness 

Reflection Road

  • Grace is undeserved and unmerited favor. Think about a time when you were saved out of a situation and you knew you did not deserve to be saved. Guess what that was?
  • Do you realize the power behind your skill or talent? God gave the power (grace) to do all things that align with His Word.

Devil’s Drive

The devil wants you to think you alone accomplished whatever the goal. He has convinced you that you did all the hard work with the help of a spouse, friend, teacher or coach. Guess who sent the spouse, friend, teacher or coach to you to help? Don’t play into the devil’s game. Give God thanks for His grace.

World’s Way

The world teaches people to take credit for everything. To bask in the warm arms of pride. Pride fuels people to think they do not need anyone. Their strength and hard work is all that is needed. So when the task is completed; they alone should receive the praise. Guess who dictates the world’s distorted ways—our adversary the devil. Watch out!

Personal Pathway

I was a nontraditional student when I went to nursing school. Nontraditional because I was not the young perky 18 year old, living with their parents, with no job or a part time of a part time job. I was a single parent with three children, working 12hrs shifts on the weekends to survive. I know the grace of God gave me the power to complete nursing school and receive my degree. He did send wonderful people to assist me. However, my first thanks went to Him and His free gift of grace and then to the people who helped me.

Lord’s Lane

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9King James Version (KJV)

 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Ephesians 3:7King James Version (KJV)