365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, what does it mean to us to live our life in peace? What does it mean to us to be in God’s perfect peace and not be disturbed by things going on around us? What is peace? Is it a state of tranquility where everything around us is still and our presence demands calmness? Today, I encourage each of us to enter a state of peace and create an environment in our heart where we are free from the spirit of vexation, frustration, anger, disorder, and any spiritual vice that would trigger a reaction of rage and a consequence we would eventually regret. “For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NLT) and we should strive daily to exemplify the character of God. Let us not allow satan’s tactics to cause us to enter an ungodly place. A place of great darkness and one in which God may not allow His Hands to reach.
WR2W, no matter how hectic things are around us, and we feel like we are in a great storm, we need to learn to exercise the authority our Lord has given us and command “Peace, be still. And the wind [will] cease, and there [will be] a great calm” (Mark 4:39 KJV) in which nothing and no one could phase us. Oh, the peace of the Living God is the place we should long to be. Oh, the peace of our Lord, is the place we should pray to stay. “I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for He speaks peace to His faithful people”, and we should not return to [our] foolish ways (Psalms 85:8 NLT). As we grow in the Lord, our spirit should rebel foolishness and the thought of entertaining such chaos should cause us to cringe. So today, let us release rivals (past or current), grudges, ill intentions, hearts of malice, and people who mean us no good. And for those of us who may know who these people are and their real intentions for us, let us wear the spirit of peace with grace and humility, and genuinely smile, wave, and keep it moving as the Women of God (WOG) we are, why? Because we were built to take the high road and not allow another person’s folly to make us foolish.
My sisters, God has allowed me to continuously come in contact with those who I know (through His revelation) have talked about me, prayed against me and all my endeavors, and hoped and is probably still hoping I do not succeed, but thank God for the blood of Jesus that covers me daily and keeps me from falling at the hands of my enemies. Because of God’s love and perfect peace, I can genuinely look at my enemies in the face and silently thank them for blessing me unknowingly because every time we make contact, and I do as God has instructed me, oh we, another blessing! I have learned to place each of them in the Master’s Hands and follow God’s instructions. I “don’t repay evil with evil. [I] don’t retaliate with insults when people insult [me]. Instead, [I] pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called [us] to do, and He will grant [us] His blessing. For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it” (1 Peter 3:9-11 NLT). This is my prayer for each of us today and every day. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true! May God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand, guard [our] hearts and minds as [we] live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 NLT). Amen!
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I encourage you today to get into the presence of our Almighty Father. Being in His presence gives us a fullness of joy that we cannot find any other place. Whatever we may have been through this past week, when we enter His presence, it no longer has the power to keep our mind in a depressive state nor our heart in a place of bondage. When we come into His presence our mind and heart are free to dance in worship and honor our King. So today, I choose to Dance in His Presence. Will you please join me and make the choice to exalt our Father and worship Him in the beauty of His holiness (Psalms 96:9KJV)?
To Dance in His Presence means to enter a place where healing, joy, peace, mercy, grace, and everlasting love exist. It is a place where fear and worry are no more, and His power and His power alone reigns. So as in the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:16-17 (NLT),” I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower [us] with inner strength through His Spirit.” And my sisters, when this happens, “Christ will make His home in [our] hearts as [we] trust in Him”. WR2W, are you ready to Dance in His Presence? In honor of our Father, I have written a letter entitled “Dancing in Your Presence” to the Man who holds and protects our hearts. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
I invite you to read….
Dear Father, thank You for Your protection, provision, and profound love. I thank You for loving me beyond what my eyes and heart can imagine. You have been and forever will be my strength. As I Dance in Your Presence, I give glory to You for being the Godhead. It is an honor to know You and I am forever grateful to exalt You with my worship. Being in your presence indeed gives me fullness of joy and lifts me from the dark places that the enemy continuously tries to take me. Thank You for being my Light and my Absolute Freedom. Because of You God, I am free to dance unto You as a sign of total surrender to Your throne of Grace. For me Father, dancing is my way of exiting the place of bondage that this world enslaves us to and a way to enter a place of freedom that only a life in You can give. For your word says in 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT), for You are the Spirit, and wherever You are, there is freedom! Father, I want to live the last days of my life peacefully, and totally free from the things of this world. So, I dedicate this dance to You. Thank You for always being there for me and making me feel like the precious Daughter I am. I salute you Daddy and it has been my heart’s joy to Dance in Your Presence.
Forever will Dance
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I want to encourage us today to smile through the midst of our storm, “for the Joy of the Lord is [our] strength” (Nehemiah 8:10 NLT)! When we can celebrate God when times are rough, we have decided to defeat the enemy. It is easy to praise and worship God when all is well. Our family is behaving fine, job could not be better, finances are overflowing, and romantic and social relationships are the best they have ever been. During times like these, we profess faithfully with our mouth about the goodness of the Lord, but what about the profession of our heart? What about when things are not going so well. These are the times when we must continue to exalt the Lord. We must praise and worship Him while we are going through our circumstances. This is the time we need to hold fast to the Joy of the Lord and gain His strength to endure trials that seem unbearable.
WR2W, please be aware these trials come to tempt us to turn away from the things of God and give up on all the progress we have made so we can go back to serving the devil by engaging willfully in sinful acts because it is easier than what we are currently dealing with, and it seems like the way out. My sisters, God through the power of His darling son Jesus, is the only way out. The bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT), “the temptations in [our] life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than [we] can stand. When [we] are tempted, He will show [us] a way out so that [we] can endure.” This alone should give us Joy. Why? Because God has not left us, and He is here every step of the way, carrying us through, which ensures us that we will come out as pure gold.
WR2W, do not fret about things that are temporary because they will soon pass away, and God will grant us a peace that surpasses all understanding if we hold fast to His Spirit of Joy. This Fruit of God’s Spirit is an unspeakable Joy that will give us the fuel we need to keep pressing forward “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 KJV). My sisters, whatever we may be dealing with momentarily, please know without a doubt, that “weeping may last through the night, but Joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NLT). God is about to give us a new dance, one of bliss. So, let us speak Joy, live our life in Joy, and continue to praise Him with a heart of Joy no matter our circumstances. And my favorite thing to do, let us praise Him in advance as we look up to Heaven and shout with a voice of triumph, “You [Lord] have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” “O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!’ (Psalm 30: 11, 12) WR2W, let us share our experiences and be transparent so we can work together to help one another as we grow. I am waiting to hear from you, please leave a comment below. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I must share with you today, what God has placed in my heart for us to do. He guides us through His word in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT), to “Trust in the Lord with ALL [our] heart; do not depend on [our] own understanding. Seek His will in ALL [we] do, and He will show [us] which path to take.” My sisters, it is just that simple. Who are we trusting today to lead and direct us? Who are we trusting to order our steps? I hope our answer is the Lord. But for those whose answer is “I don’t know”, you are still in the right place because Jesus will meet you right where you are if you are willing to let Him. We must open our heart and mind to receive the things of God because He wants to minister to our heart and penetrate it in such a way that it changes our mind and actions. Once we begin to do this, we will start to look, and talk like Him. Why? Because we were created in His likeness (image) and have come into the fullness of who He is, and this is such a wonderful feeling, so we shall not miss our moment!
For some of us who grew up in church, went to Sunday School, and all the programs the church had to offer, for some reason, it is still hard for us to truly trust God. However, there are others who recently learned the name of Jesus, has no true knowledge and understanding of God, no church history, and does not belong to any religious or spiritual organization, and it is easier for them to trust God. Can the distinction be because they know God exists, have faith merely in His existence, and trust that He controls the universe, and those of us who have been in church all our lives are looking for a deeper answer? So, I begin to wonder and ask the question, why? Is it because of the way we were taught and our perception of the word? Is it because when we do not get what we are requesting, we try to be too “deep” and lean on our own understanding? Is it because we do not know who Jesus really is and His purpose for our existence? WR2W, Jesus is not Santa Claus, I Dream of Jeanie, or Bewitched, Jesus is the Light of the world, who came to bring salvation to a dying world. It is time for us to think on the external things, stop concentrating on the material things, and making a list for Jesus to complete as if He is our servant. We are His servants and that is our true purpose of existence—-merely to serve!
It is time for us to get over ourselves and commit to trusting in the ways of the Lord and follow His instructions. Unlike the Israelites on their 40 years journey, we must stop complaining and trust God 100% of the time with 100% of our self and all that He has given and will give to us. We must trust that He will never leave us alone to defend ourselves. If He sends us, He will take care of us in every area. If God tells us to do something, we must trust Him enough to do it because He has a plan for the manifestation of His promises. “For all the promises of God in Him are yea (meaning yes), and in Him Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20 KJV). On our journey to Destiny, God sees what is ahead and will lead us down a path that may take longer and less traveled, but it is all for our good, so we can make it to the promise land. And if for some reason, our adversary tries to get in the way, and persists to keep us in bondage, when God has ordered our release, trust and believe, He will get their attention one way or another, and although we may be near the place He strikes, like the Israelites, we and our bloodline (all who are spiritually connected through the blood of Jesus) will be spared. WR2W, please take note, that when this happens, it is not our responsibility to try to figure out the heart of the adversary, but to trust God and understand that He can and will allow someone’s heart to be hardened towards us, so we can experience Him as the Gift Giver and see His glory.
We must trust Him even when we do not understand what He is doing because He knows the end from the beginning. God is in control! He knows what we can handle and the perfect time for our arrival to the promise land. If we arrive prematurely, this means we are not prepared to handle the abundance of blessings. WR2W, we must trust the process and fully trust God through the process. The race is not given to the swift, but the one endures to the end. Let us worship God together through the process instead of complaining about the process. As the Israelites had to understand, so do we, He did not have to deliver us, but He did, thanks be to God for His unconditional love. My sisters, we should be grateful, and shouting with a heart of total praise, thanks be to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! I am waiting to hear from you, let us help each other and grow together. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!