When u pray!

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The members of Whenupray would love for you to join us in a week of prayer by reading the Lord’s Prayer daily. (Matthew 6:9-13)

Each person will vow to recite the Lord’s Prayer for 7 days. ..Lets stand in unity together and watch God move in our lives!! If you are willing to share the outcome of your prayers we will feature your story at Whenupray.com

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

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Women to Praise Wednesday

I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than FLINT. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.” (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭3‬:‭9‬ NIV)

Everybody in the world know the negativity around our city(Flint, MI). I think it’s on every horrible city list that’s out. I can say that it has dried up a little. The life has been sucked out due to all the negativity around this place. But I can say on the flip side a lot of successful people have been created here.

Today I want to highlight my friend Ashley Green(Adams) born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Graduated from Southwestern High school. Bachelors degree from Michigan State. Masters degree from the University of Toledo and now her Doctorate from Western Michigan University(insert high praise). She currently work at Michigan State University as the Director of Scholarships and fellowships. She’s married and have two beautiful children. On the board of numerous organizations. Plus she has been an active member at Ebenezer Ministries for over 20 years!!!

I am definitely bragging on her because she deserve it. She has worked super hard. But also to show that no matter where you come from. No matter the situation you are in. You can be successful!! Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t be. Was this road easy for her. Heck no!! I’m sure most days her Faith kept her when everything else was telling her to quit. When people were telling her it couldn’t be done. When her husband needed her, when the kids were going crazy. But nothing worth having in this life come easy. It take hard work and dedication!! Put your trust in God and let him lead the way. He will make a way out of no way!! Just trust and believe!! God said that we will have an abundant life!! He didn’t say be depressed, miserable or bitter!! Have the faith to expect all of God’s greatness for your life and watch things fall into place❤️

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Yeah, I said unconditional 

Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations. It can be also love without conditions. 

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭4-7‬ ERV)
The hardest thing I had to learn about being married is how to love.
I’m not talking about saying I love him and getting mad when he did not meet my expectations. I’m not talking about the love that withers and dies when it is not returned in the way I was expecting. I’m talking about a love that is truly unconditional without expectations.
The first thing I had to do, accept that Jesus loved me without restrictions
The next thing I had to understand was that I had to love myself unconditionally, accepting I had made mistakes, I had to be forgiven and to forgive myself.  That was very difficult and it took a long time and lots of restarts. 
The next thing I had to do was accept that my husband is not perfect. Nope not at all but I love him. Well I had to accept that our love might not look right to others, yup it might not look like they think it should but, again I say, I love him. 
I kept expecting our love to be like the movie where the guy realizes he loves you and immediately changes to the guy you dreamed up when you were 15. I kept thinking that the mistakes me made were a reflection of me. Right, I’m not his mama or his savior but I kept trying to be. Dumb, yes it was dumb, I’m responsible for me. I realized I was responsible for my own dreams, my own happiness and my own goals. 
God created me to be a help to my husband not his mama or his conscious, yup I’m responsible for me and he is responsible for his own actions.
Now for the good part, I love him and he does not have to change, he does not have to meet my dreamed up expectations just be him. I kept praying  to God about it and he told me this. “you trust me with everything but your husband, I AM God enough for him too”. That freed me to love him, cause only God could heal him.
Sheveze

What if they’re not easy to love?

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭32‬ NIV)

What is love?! Well according to the Strong’s dictionary: With the believer, 25 /agapáō (“to love”) means actively doing what the Lord prefers, with Him (by His power and direction).

I met my best friend in 9th grade. We were inseparable. Anytime you seen one you saw the other. Until we fell out. She hurt me so bad I was unable to function. We didn’t talk for months. She apologized but we never really got back to the way we’re. She started hanging with different people and I didn’t care for them so I didn’t hang with her. Well one day she called me and we talked for hours!! We laughed and talked our issues through and things were back on track. That was the last day I talked to her… She died the next day!!!!
Wait what!!!!! I thought it was a dream. I felt like I had been hit by a brick to my face!! Lord if I would have been with her this wouldn’t have happened!! I wasted so much time being angry now I’ll never get to talk to her again!! What could I have done to change this outcome?! I went through a depression stage. I gave up on my friend because I was angry and bitter!!

I believe in my heart that God allowed us to talk that day because he knew what was to come. It’s so easy to love people when they are doing everything that you want them to do. But what about when they piss you off. Do something that you don’t agree with. Do you give up on them?
Well in my case I gave up on my friend and almost didn’t get the chance to make it right. You still have a chance. If you truly love someone you will make it right with them. Think about if God treated us the way we treat people. Because we ALL fall short. We piss people off. We do things that people don’t agree with and I’m know we don’t want anyone to turn their back on us. Especially not God!! So I challenge you to go the extra mile today and reach out to your friends or family!! Let them know you love them!! Life is short!! You never know it could be the last conversation you have.❤️

Mama, let them go!

Psalms 143:1-2 ERV
Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my call for help and answer my prayer. Show me how good and loyal you are.   Don’t judge me, your servant. No one alive could be judged innocent by your standards.

I was reading the many post on Whenupray where my daughter has openly shared her journey through her faith walk. Many of her posts have me in tears because she is open and honest about the path she took to Christ. her openness took my mind on a faith journey. I was reminded that every step along her walk I was there. I often tell people the hardest thing I have ever had to do is be the parent to an adult women. So many times I want to try and solve her problems, Heal her broken heart, make her dreams come true and slay anything that gets in her way. Oh I tried it and I remember crying out to God, begging him to help my child, begging, pleading and fasting for him to show her his glory. Well, if you know God you know he answered my prayers but not the way you think. Oh no, God is an original so he answered me clearly on this, I woke up shaking. I could hear him in my head saying “I will be her God if you get out of my way”. I was part of the problem. Why would she trust God, lean on him and depend on his guidance when I was there playing God in her life? Throwing money at her problems, assisting her in her drama while thinking I was doing the right thing. I never realized that my faith was for me,  she had to learn to trust God for herself. So I prayed, cried, fasted and let go! I never stopped loving her, cheering for her, praying for her and trusting that the God of my salvation was God enough for her too.
Parents, it’s ok to let go and watch God work.

Sheveze

Sacrifice is the only way!!

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭2‬ NIV)

So I’m singing “For your Glory” by Tasha Cobbs and I get to the part where she says “for your glory I will do Anything” and I paused. Because it immediately brought to my mind Abraham. God told him to go sacrifice his ONLY SON as an offering and he went to do it. I really want you to think about that for a second. God told him to go kill his child and he was on his way to do it because GOD said so!!! I was trying to imagine putting myself in his shoes and of course my flesh was like heck no I wouldn’t be able to kill my child!! But the thing is, it was only a test to see if Abraham was really down for him.(my own words not the bible)

Can you imagine how many test we have failed? Think about all the things God have told us to do. The simple things, Like spend time with him. Love your neighbor. Respect your parents. Leave that toxic relationship. Fix your horrible attitude. Leave the job that has you miserable. Start a business. Go out in the community and help someone that can’t help themselves. And we won’t even move our feet. How crazy are we?!?

The place where Abraham was to sacrifice his Son was called “The Lord Will Provide” meaning because he did what God told him to do he was blessed!!! Now I don’t know what’s going on in your life but what I can say is, it’s time to be obedient. Make whatever sacrifice is needed to do Gods will. Whatever he is telling you to do, do it. Will it be easy heck no. But log off the computer, iPhone, and everything else and get in tune with God, he has a plan for your life!! It is so worth it!!! I promise 💓

God got you

So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?” (‭Exodus‬ ‭17‬:‭2‬ NIV)

I think I was around 19 or 20. I was dating this drug dealer. We lived together and was doing alright(so I thought) money was great, got anything I wanted etc. Until one night we came home and some people kicked our door in. I fell to the floor and a guy came and snatched me up by my hair and put a gun to my head that was taller than me. The guy that loved me and wanted to marry me ran out and left me with his problems. So now I’m alone with 4/5 men with guns asking me where all the drugs and money at. And in my heart I knew they came to kill because they didn’t have anything over their faces. I was so numb but through it all I had a sense of peace. It’s like God was telling me I got you covered.

Now I didn’t have any relationship with God at that time. I went to church because I felt like I had too. I was living my life doing my own thing. I honestly felt like I had time to get around to that church stuff. I thought church people were boring and didn’t have fun. Let me tell you, I was all wrong!!! Church people (most of them) are fun to be around and they know how to have fun just like anybody else.

I don’t know who this message is for but it has been haunting me. I vowed to never speak on that day again because it was HORRIBLE and talking about it is almost like reliving it. But please know that God will protect you no matter where you are in life. He has no stipulations on his love for you!! Yes we are sinful, yes we are broken at times, yes we do things we know we shouldn’t, but guess what?! God is always waiting on us with open arms. So to whoever that may be reading this I don’t care what your situation look like. God loves you and he will rebuild you. Take all your cares to him and allow him to work on you. Today!!!! We always think we have tomorrow but we may not!!! So today!! ❤️