Detour 

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So you’re moving along and out of nowhere you have to be rerouted. Ugh! So annoying! It’s never the easy or quickest way. No, you go over the mountains and through the woods only to come back to where you initially wanted to go in the first place. I recall a story where the Lord took his people through a detour because they would have fought an enemy they weren’t prepared for. The people were tired and needed a rest. Have you ever felt that God could have just did it “this” way instead? It would have been easier, right? But look at what they learned. How he protected them. Provided for them. Miracle after miracle. Could he have protected and provided for them another way? Yes, but this way was part of the transformation of them not their surroundings. In other words, character over comfort. Sure, it wasn’t easy and many died never having seen the promise land, BUT think of those who never gave up. They got there. Prepared. Ready. Different. Changed. Whatever your detour is, it’s for your good. Don’t look around you disheartened. You are being led right where you’re supposed to go. March forward. Enjoy the scenery. Take it all in and trust you’re headed in the right direction!!!  

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Let Go 

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I recall a time when I was ok with the idea of being single forever. My track record of finding “Mr. So Not Perfect” was flawless. I was resolved that I could be single and be just fine. Really, I was good. I didn’t tear up watching chick flicks, it was allergies. My heart didn’t long for a relationship, that was heartburn. Nope, not going to that wedding, I have to wash my hair that day. Truth was my defenses were up and I didn’t want to go through what I went through before. My past was a reminder of all that could, would, and did go wrong.  So, I shut my heart up and nearly killed my hope. 

Are you stuck in a past defeat or situation that has left you hopeless for the future? Believing that nothing is going to change? If God, right now, answered your prayers could you believe and receive it, or would you be looking back and not notice all that is right in front of you? 

Well, I’m here to encourage you that it’s not to late to begin to look forward with hope and expectations of good. Our seasons of life will change and when they do we must be willing to let go of the past and embrace the new. If not, we risk forfeiting the blessings and the joy that comes with them. 

God will turn our situations around and when he does I’m gonna be ready!! I choose to empty my heart of painful memories, disappointments, and fears and be open to receive all the good he has for me. Yesterday is gone. Today is a new day, with new mercies. New grace. New blessings. New relationships. New jobs. New opportunities. New doors. New visions. New dreams. We can’t go back. There is nothing we can do about yesterday other than let it go. 

When I am tempted to lose my hope I will remember that I have been married for 18 years to a handsome, funny, brilliant, loving, and perfect guy for me. I would’ve settled for just handsome and loving but God is too good to let us settle for less than his best for us. My husband is a reminder to me that when I let go of yesterday and believe that God answers prayer and is true to his word…I get more than I ever asked for. Dare to believe God. Let go and get ready. I promise you, you won’t regret it! 

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.            

Ephesians 3:20 {AMP}

Plot Twist 

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I love watching a good movie or reading a good story. However, I do not like it when there is a serious plot twist and it throws me for a loop. I wasn’t expecting it! Seriously!! Way to change it all up!! 

Oh how our lives can be the same way. One day we are good and the next day BAMM it all changes. No matter what the changes are, good or bad, it takes a minute {or longer} to wrap our minds around what is going on. Adjusting to the change may take a little more time as well. 

I recall our first months in Texas. Talk about plot twist! I could not for the life of me wrap my mind around living in Texas. I mean, we are here, in Texas, but in my mind everything was California. Writing my address took some time for me to put the correct state. Realizing that my friends and family were not as close as they used to be. Knowing that I would have to make new friends terrified me.  

Some plot twist can throw you so far off and if we’re not careful they can destroy us. Like the passing of my dad. Never saw that kind of pain coming; for him or for my family. Some things won’t ever make sense and searching for the why’s will lead us down the road of bitterness. A dark and lonely road filled with shadows and despair. No good dwells there. 

I want to be strong. Resilient. Brave. Ready to face what comes unafraid.  Instead, sometimes I run and hide. Cowardly. Full of fear. A damsel in distress who needs rescuing. Through these past years Jesus has reminding me over and over and over again that if I run to him he can take any plot twist and turn into a story that brings hope, restores faith, and encourages others not to give up. Oh sure, I may have to face the big bad wolf or a wicked witch {hopefully not literally} but never alone or without a victory.  

With Jesus as the center of my story ensures that my ending will be fruitful, purposeful, and more than I ever dreamed or imagined. I may endure loss but he has promised to restore. So, I’ll take the plot twist knowing that it will ALWAYS be used for my good! 

Morning Prayer 

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Lord, we give you this day to do as you will. We trust your heart, your ways, and your plan for our life. You promised that you would finish what you have started in us, so strengthen us to keep hanging on when we feel like we are about to fall. Give us courage to continue to believe your word and promises. Show us your mercy and grace should we blow it today. Remind us God that you are bigger than any issue. Stronger than our weakness and more faithful than the morning sun. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible for you to do. We cling to the hope that you are ALL we will ever need. In Jesus name we pray…Amen!! 

Don’t Stop! 

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Don’t be distracted by the chaos. The shifting of your current situation may leave you shaky and unsure. We tend to question and even retreat because transition can be messy. DON’T STOP GOING FORWARD!! Don’t believe the lies that are trying to stop your progress. Yes, you heard right. Yes, this is for your good. Yes, God is going before you. No, you are not making this up. No, you are not crazy. No, God can not fail you. Where we are going into this new season is filled with promise and advancement. Don’t be taken hostage by lies and fear. What you see now, the shaking, the mess, is only an indicator that the new is coming! Steady your hearts and minds on the faithfulness of God to get you to your destination!! 

Get Ready! 

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I pray a fresh wind would come and move you into the zone of favor and blessing. The challenging parts of life are necessary. They help us grow. If times were always good and easy we would never be forced to dig deeper, trust God, and move out of comfort and into character building. I don’t know what your last season {or current} has been like. If it has been anything like mine, it’s been dry, quiet, frustrating, and lots of growing pains. Good news…we are coming out!!! What lies behind you pales in comparison to what’s in front of you. Don’t stop! Keep going!! God has promised to finish what he started and you’re going to be on the receiving end for persevering! My friends, get ready, get ready, get ready, the wind is about to blow!! 

Today’s Declaration 

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I declare today that the breath of God is breathing life over you. Lord, breathe life into every dry, dead, and dormant place. Revive the hopeless! Restore the broken-hearted! I speak to every dead area and say “LIVE!!” You will live and not die to declare the works of the Lord!! Abundant life! Joy! Peace! Provision! Healing! LIVE!!! LIVE!! LIVE!! Breathe your breath God, now breathe!!!

Favored Club 

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I don’t want to follow after needless things or purposes. I don’t want to be like the world, that’s not my goal. It’s no secret that I’m a little bit different {hold your laughs😉}. I can honestly say there was a time I so desperately wanted to be apart of the crowd. You know that crowd…we all have one {or two}. The fancy purse club, the hot wives club, the big house club, super skinny chick club, church leader club, to name a few. It’s ok to want to be accepted but it’s to what lengths we’ll go to is the problem. When I decided to seek God’s best for me it revealed just how lacking I was in areas I never knew and guess what…none of it could be fixed with things or titles. At times it left me the odd ball out. Even the crazy foolish one. Following Christ’s best for us will often lead us to quiet, narrow places. We might look crazy. Sound foolish. Act strangely according to the worlds view. The word says when we do this {follow Christ’s will} we are considered wise {1Corinth. 1:25}. It doesn’t matter what the crowd thinks just so long as God looks at me and is pleased. To me, that is the best club to be in…the favored club!!

You’re Covered with Grace 

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 There is grace for us who are walking by faith. We act upon what we feel is right and sometimes it doesn’t work and we either blame ourself or God. God looks at the heart and sees more than even we can. He discerns a mans ways. He is not waiting for you to fail. He knows you will. How many times does a child fall while learning to ride a bike? Is it the child’s fault for trying or the parents fault for allowing them to try. I hear the Lord saying “Our communication is being fined tuned. You are learning to walk and hear by faith and you will not get it right all of the time but don’t get stuck there. Keep going. Keep doing. Keep listening. Keep obeying. Accept my love and guidance as I steer you in the right direction. Don’t turn away from me in pride or humiliation. I am with you and for you. It is my desire for you to hear me, see me, feel me. Don’t stop seeking as I never stop pursuing you! Every step of faith you take I will allow it to work for your good if you let me.”

Morning Prayer

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Good morning friends!! 

Lord, we welcome today and ask that your presence go before us. Help us to move forward expectantly. Give us discerning hearts to know what to lay down and what to pick up. I sense that you are up to something new so prepare our hearts to receive. Give us courage to let go of the old and to make room for the new. Saturate us in your goodness. Drown out the lies, doubt, and fear with your love. Today, you are causing all things to work for our good. We are called, anointed, chosen, deeply loved, protected, and equipped by you. Help us to walk accordingly. In Jesus name…Amen!