Category: Mid-Week Devotionals

He Makes It Easy

My Daddy is SO amazingly faithful!!! He is such a good, good Father and I am forever grateful!!! #MySurrender #HisWill #HisPlan #HisTiming

This was a recent status I posted on Facebook to share just how appreciative I am of my Lord, my Heavenly Father, my Daddy. Do you ever just sit back and think about ALL He has done for you. I mean ALL He has done. If not take a second and think about it now. If you can’t think of anything specific think of how He woke you up this morning, how you still have breath in your body, how you made it to work or your destination safely this morning. The list could go on and on. Now that I have you thinking, reflect over a prayer that you put up before the Lord, I mean something that you really wanted and/or needed and then think of His response to that request.

That’s what I want to focus on today. As I told you last week I have a lot up before the Lord that I want to accomplish in 2017, one of which came to pass last week!! (2017 is off to a great start! 🙂 ) This particular request I have desired for a long, long time. I mean we are talking 10+ years. I had put it on the back burner because it just never seemed like the right timing, or in all honesty I didn’t see how it could be done. I came back up recently around Christmas. I mentioned it to my husband but didn’t really press the issue because again I just didn’t see how it could be done. I decided to go about it a different way this time, I went to my Daddy with all sincerity and once again placed this desire up before Him. I would pray “Lord I don’t how or when you are going to do it but this has now moved from a want to a need. Lord we need a bigger vehicle”. It may not seem like a big task but seeing as though we are in the process of purchasing a home (it’s going to happen this year!) we really did not want to add anything else to our budget….But God!

Remember I told you this request stirred up again around Christmas. Well let’s fast forward a bit. About 2 weeks ago Hubby sent me a text about a truck and asked me if I wanted to go and see it. I’m like sure, no problem what’s the harm in looking. What happened, I fell in love with it! Again I spoke with my Daddy and said “I don’t know how or when, but Lord do it”. Long story short….HE DID IT!!! And when I tell ya’ll He did it, I mean He did it! Everything I have ever wanted in a truck He gave me just that. And the best part of all, this amazing blessing is not costing hubby and I an arm and a leg. He blessed us with this fully loaded, 4 wheel drive Suburban for less than half of the book value. Did you read that….less than half of the book value!!! When God moves, He moves and He makes the way easy!

Something that I have desired for over 10 years happened within a 3 week span of my earnest request and sincere faith. I felt like a kid in the candy store when I drove Black Beauty (yes I named her) for the first time. I wanted to scream, shout, cry, but most importantly I couldn’t stop saying thank you to my Daddy. This was all because of Him. He remembered my desire all those years ago, He heard my recent request and silent petitions that this is what I truly desired. And then He opened a mighty door and made the process so easy. It just feels my heart with so much joy to know that He cares that much about me. And I truly believe that this is only the beginning of many great things to come this year.

So as I close this post out today, I want to encourage you to continue to put your desires up before the Lord. Be up front and honest with Him, after all He knows the desires of your heart so there is no need to sugar coat anything. Once you have laid it out activate your faith like never before. Believe that if it is within His plan and His will then within His timing it will come to pass. However if it doesn’t happen when you desire, don’t fret, just trust and believe that He has something greater in store for you. Ask me how I know, because I’m a living witness. If He did it for me, surely He will do it for you!

 For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible. ~ Luke 1:37 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

 

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Dream Again

Growing up, what did you dream about? Did you see yourself as a doctor (like me), a lawyer, a ballerina? What did the 5 year old you see yourself doing at 30? Take a second to think about it.

Now fast forward to present tense, where are your dreams now? Or have you stopped dreaming? Has life caught up with you and those things you once desired have now just become a dream deferred? Don’t feel bad, it happens to the best of us. I know it has happened to me more than once. We (I) get so consumed with the ins and outs of daily life that we forget about those things that we desire deep down. But its time to cut that out. We still have breath in our bodies, we still have the ability to get it done, we just have to take the first step and that is to simply dream again…

block-1512119_1920When my Girlfriends. and I started this blog, as I’ve told you previously, I only saw it as a new hobby. I didn’t know at the time the magnitude of said project. This has become so much more to me. It has allowed me to find my purpose and has increased my passion for the art. This may just be a weekly read for you, but its become a part of life for me. I want to do so much more than just give you a weekly post. I have the desire to see Girlfriends. as a brand. We can move from just the blog to posting video polls on Instagram, hosting live Periscope or Facebook Live Girl Talk sessions, selling Girlfriends. t-shirts that promote successful sisterhood and unite woman all over. Right now these are just ideas, but those ideas can turn into strong desires, and then into a dream. We can then take that dream and start writing out a plan and place a petition up to our Heavenly Father and pray that if it aligns with His Will. Once confirmation has been received and we have been released to move forward, then at His perfect timing we will take that plan and put it into action.

I hope you are getting my drift today. My desire is to encourage your heart to dream again. Cast out fear and doubt and place your faith in your Father to guide your steps in the right direction. See yourself in big places or platforms. I love watching and following the ministries of Priscilla Shirer, Heather Lindsey, and Sarah Jakes Roberts. I see my name in the same arenas as these ladies one day. I see myself speaking publicly to large audiences of women, encouraging their hearts and strengthening them spiritually through the Word of God. Seems a little far-fetched huh? Maybe but maybe not. My issue now is ME. I have to let go of fear completely, stop hiding behind this keyboard and walk in God-given anointing. That’s just my story, what’s stopping you?

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. – Matthew 6:33 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

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I Was Created For This…

Lord not again!!! Why am I constantly being tested and tried? Always faced with the same situations, same frustrations…when will this all be over? Can I just get a break? PLEASE?!?!?!

Ever felt like that? *Hand raised* Yes, I’ll answer it for you. That’s exactly how I felt the other day. I had a moment, ANOTHER weak moment. I just wanted to throw my hands up and walk away. A moment of brief defeat. Thoughts of “things will never change” or “you will be in this situation forever”, face this is your life. Again I had to say “Lord not again” and in that moment I heard it plain as day “You were created for this.”artist-1245726_1920

First instinct was like really God I was created to struggle? Not me, I don’t deserve this I deserve so much better. Right? WRONG! Why not me? If I never went through any tests I wouldn’t need the Lord and would feel as though i could do it all on my own. These things are set up to give me a testimony so that I can use it to encourage someone else along the way. All I need to do is change my perception of these things, change my thinking and most importantly change my reaction to it all. Instead of falling victim to the current circumstance or situation I need to instead speak life and apply the Word of God to the situation.

Feeling defeated? Proclaim “I am more than a conqueror”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” – Romans 8:37

Feeling like you will never achieve financial freedom? Proclaim “I shall be the lender and not the borrower”

The Lord will open for you His good treasure house, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow. 13 The Lord will make you the head (leader) and not the tail (follower); and you will be above only, and you will not be beneath, if you listen and pay attention to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, to observe them carefully.” – Deuteronomy 28:12-13

Feeling like you will never accomplish that goal you’ve been praying about for what seems like forever? Proclaim “No good thing will He withhold from me”

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” – Psalms 84:11

What is my point today? In order to walk in victory we have to make sure that we are speaking life into every situation. No matter what you are faced with today, in this very moment, remind yourself “I was created for this”. It is so easy to get caught up in our feelings and emotions instead of relying the One who has all the answers we need. Flip that thing around. Instead of crying and complaining pray for clarity and while you wait on a response, study and apply the Word to your situation just as I did for myself above. You were created in God’s own image and are therefore equipped to overcome any and every situation you are faced with in life. If you are a believer of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His precious Holy Spirit dwells inside of you, be encouraged in knowing that you are not in this thing alone. Our Father promises never to leave us nor forsake us!

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6.

You are stronger than you think sis. Keep fighting the good fight, stay encouraged, focus on the positives and remember to use your Help from within!

Peace & Blessings,

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Are You Really Ready?

Service today was really eye opening. I’ve been reflecting over it all day since leaving the church earlier this afternoon. My Pastor just started a new series for the month of September “7 Things God Wants Me To Have”. The Word has been so rich, we’ve been on point 1 for the past 2 weeks…”A Restored Relationship” with the subtopic “I’m Saved.” It has made me take a serious look at my salvation. Today Pastor posed a question to the congregation. He asked for complete honesty in giving an answer. Today he asked how many people in the congregation were willing to have their throats slit or were willing to take a bullet in honor of Jesus Christ. He asked those that were ready to die for the cause to stand to their feet. I didn’t stand…

My first instinct was to stand up regardless you know to save face. I’m a leader in the church so its the right thing to do make it appear as though I have it all together right? Wrong. Honestly at that moment I couldn’t answer that question with a yes. Do I love Jesus yes, am I walking every day in a manner that represents Christ and will secure my spot in Heaven yes. But at that moment I imagined someone standing in front of me with a gun pointed to my head or a knife at my throat and a fear came over my body. Would I be brave enough to say yes I love Jesus and be killed or would I choke and deny Him like Peter?

death-1655381_1920I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed. I feel bad. What is the purpose of proclaiming Christ if I can’t commit to fully giving up my life for Him? Its the least I can do right? He gave it all up for me when He took the abuse, the beatings, the nails in His hands, his feet, the crown of thorns on His head and ultimately His life on the cross. Why am I afraid to take a bullet for Him knowing that once its said and done I will open my eyes and see Him face to face. This thing really has me messed up ya’ll. I’ve asked for forgiveness. Father please forgive me and remove this fear. If I can boldly state my love for Christ in any other arena of life, surely I can be bold enough to represent Him in what could be my last few minutes of life. He deserves that much of me.

Now I want to ask you the same question. Would you stand your ground and profess that Jesus is Lord and Savior of your life or would you freeze like I did today and say nothing? I know this is heavy today, but its needed especially this day in age. We are getting closer and closer to the end of the world as we know it, Jesus is soon to crack the sky. There are Christians over seas that have already loss their lives in one of these very same situations and its not far from coming to the States. We have to get ready ya’ll, I mean really get ready. Its time to let go of the pettiness and the foolishness and get serious about the things of Christ. Its time to fully submit to Him, time to be completely SOLD OUT and proclaim its for God I live and for God I will die. The Bible is being fulfilled right before our eyes, again I reiterate Jesus is soon to come.

If asked this question again, my answer would definitely be yes. I will stand without hesitation with a smile on my face. I’m ready and I mean it this time. What about you? Are you REALLY ready?

Whoever does not carry his own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow after Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple – Luke 14:27 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

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Season of Loneliness

There is something wonderfully sacred that happens when a girl chooses to realize that being set aside is actually God’s call for her to be set apart.

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There is something wonderfully sacred that happens when a girl chooses to realize that being set aside is actually God’s call for her to be set apart.

This quote from Lysa Terkeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries really stuck with me after reading her devotional titled If You Ever Feel Lonely, Read This. And that I did, a few times. Each time I was left asking myself, Did she write this specifically for me?

So you’re probably thinking, okay Katesha how can you feel lonely? You’re married, have an active 4 year old, great relationship with your family, have the other 3 girlfriends, ministry friends and associates…how can you feel lonely? Hey I’m wondering the same thing, but at times I do. Let’s be honest for a minute I do have a great inner circle, but at times I still feel like I have no one to talk to. Sure I can go to my husband, but there are some things he just doesn’t understand as a man in relation to things I may experience as a woman. I could go to my mother, but at this point in her life I don’t want to bring anything to her that’s going to cause her to worry. I feel like I burden my sister with enough, she has her own life to live. My girlfriends…we just don’t talk or see each other as often as we’d like. Nothing is wrong, just our lives pull us in different directions. And yes I know they are there if I really need to talk, but sometimes I just don’t want to bother anyone, kinda crazy I know. I have great church family, but even in the midst of them I sometimes still feel as though I don’t really relate to anyone. So here I am feeling like I’m “set aside”, feeling as though I have no friends, no one to confide in, go to for advice…its just me, myself and I to deal with these inner thoughts, feelings…

That’s what the enemy wants me to believe, that I’m all alone, even sometimes feeling as though maybe even God has forgotten about me. I know deep down that is not true, but in those weak moments the feelings of loneliness increase and those thoughts seem to be true. This devotional couldn’t have dropped into my email at a better moment. I’m not alone, someone else has felt this way as well. I’m not set aside, I’m just set apart. God has me in this season for a reason, there is something that I’m missing, haven’t quite gotten a grasp of, something better that He’s preparing me for. There is a need for isolation, a lesson to be learned.

To be set apart is to be given an assignment that requires preparation.

So today I want to encourage someone who may be dealing with this same season of loneliness. Don’t give it any extra energy. End that pity party today, get out of your feelings and look for the positive side of this season in your life. There is a greater purpose for it all. No one likes the feeling of being alone, but as the author stated in her devotional, we have to find the gift in this place. I always tell people to find the positive in every situation. No matter what you are going through there is a positive aspect that can be pulled from it. And in this situation the positive side is that which is yet to come. God is preparing us for greater sis. He’s molding us into the women He desires and needs for us to be so that we can take what we’ve learned in the season and bless another sister’s life. He cares so much about us and only wants the best for us. So sometimes He has be pull us away, remove distractions, cause that feeling of loneliness so we can turn from our fleshly emotions and look to Him and Him alone. Keep praying, keep seeking His face for clarity and remember He hasn’t forgotten about you. You aren’t set aside, you’re simply set apart.

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Peace & Blessings,

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Grace Saves Me

God loves me, Adores me, Watches over me, You are for me, Grace loves me and it’s not what I desire,
And nothing that I’ve earned, But daily grace saves me…

I love this song by Tasha Cobbs and the lyrics are more than fitting as I read the reports of the massacre in Orlando.  The story is sad no matter what way you look at it. Lives taken prematurely from a senseless act of violence. Although I don’t agree to or condone the lifestyle of those that were killed or injured, it is still extremely sad and no one deserves to die in this manner. I can’t even fathom the fear that ran through the minds of those that watched as others were slaughtered as they waited to see if they would be next. I have thoughts of wondering if those that were hiding or watching as the gunman came closer if in that moment they prayed, asked for forgiveness for their lifestyle and sins, accepted Jesus as their Savior…we will never know. All we can do at this point is pray for the families that were affected and hope that this incident would allow them draw closer to Christ.

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I can’t help but reflect over how that could have easily been me just a few years ago. I was in and out of the club quite frequently and when I think about how God shielded and protected me even when I was deep in my sin and pulling further and further away from Him, all I can say is thank you Lord for your Grace and your mercy!!! I can think of the many times my friends and I stood and watched fights or even just was careless in not watching our surroundings while having a “good time”. What if He would have closed the book of my life in those moments? I was playing the role of a Christian, I looked the part on Sunday mornings, but during the week, among friends, covered that mask to blend in with the world. Doing whatever I wanted to have a good time, but what if? What if He didn’t love me, what if He didn’t bless me with that Grace, if He hadn’t shielded me with His hedge of protection, what if He didn’t save me when He did? I didn’t deserve it then and I don’t deserve it now but I am so, so, SO grateful, so, so, SO thankful that He didn’t forget me, that He continues to bless me with His grace daily even when I continue to fall short, continually letting Him down…God I thank you.

Today I commission you to do the same. Reflect back over your life and see just how merciful and gracious God has been over your life. Give thanks and praise to Him for the gift of grace. Repent where you have failed to do so, and pray for His continued favor upon your life and His hedge of protection. Submit to Him and remain within His will for your life. It is so worth it and so needed more than ever in the world that we live in now. I also commission you to pray for Orlando and our world in general. Pray that people will turn from their wicked ways and draw closer to Christ. He is able to save and wants to save their souls. Grace saved me, it saved you and can save them.

For no [a]person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin]. But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [b]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, – Romans 3: 20-24 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

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Faith Restored

“Mommy my room, my room!!! I love my room!!!!” Sweet Pea shouted with excitement as we walked through an open house and she walked into a little girl’s bedroom. The walls were painted yellow, little girl’s toddler bed, bookshelf, toys, closet full of clothes. I stood there with Sweet Pea and watched her with tears in my eyes thinking one day soon baby girl, one day soon…

To be honest my faith has been shaken, I was starting to believe that the dream of home ownership was just that a dream. Thoughts of doubt made me to believe we’d never make it there. Yes debt is being paid off, but after the excitement of paying off one the burden of how we will pay for the next take over my mind. I see God moving in others lives but feel as though I’m stuck in a never ending cycle. One minute believing this is our year, its getting ready to happen for us and the next back into despair and doubt feeling it will never come to pass.

Then it happened, a peek into my future through the eyes and excitement of my 4 year old…my faith had been restored. She didn’t understand that this was just “practice”, we were only there to walk through and get ideas, or were we? Was this what my hubby and I needed to do in order to rekindle the flame of faith in our hearts? We often look at houses online, but this was much different. We were standing in the house this time, we could see ourselves dwelling there. It felt so, so good. I wanted to squeal like Sweet Pea and yell “My house, my house, this is my house” but held my composure lol However internally my soul was leaping for joy. This can happen for us, this will happen for us, home ownership will be ours!

Today I want to leave you with that little bit of encouragement. Stop focusing on what is in front of you and hang on to that which you can’t physically see but believe in your heart. “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NKJV) Forget your current circumstances and remember that they are only there for a season. Put your focus back on what matters most your faith in The One that holds all power in His hands. There is NOTHING too hard for God. We serve the omnipotent God, the creator of all things. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ever ask or think. We just have to believe.

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Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had, who wrote in Scripture, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” We also believe, therefore we also speak, ~ 2 Corinthians 4:13 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

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Today I Trust God With…

Today’s mid-week devotional has to do with our TRUST IN GOD. What is it that you truly trust God with in your life? I’m sharing a devotional from the Jennie Allen blog entitled Trust Marker. The message is simple: That which is God’s plan YOU have no control over! There’s no way for you to mess it up, and there’s no way for you to save it. It’s His plan y’all!

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So today, I ask you – What Will You Trust God With?

Commit your way to the Lord;
Trust in Him also and He will do it. ~Psalm 37:5 (AMP)

Enjoy your Wednesday and rest of the week ladies!

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Find Rest in Him

We are a few days away from the day that is set aside to celebrate the gift of motherhood…Mother’s Day! On this day we celebrate and love on our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers or mother-like figures and are celebrated for those of us that are mothers ourselves. The role of mother is a precious gift from God, however there a times when we get tired, feel like we’re failing and in essence just need a break. There is always so much to do…cook, clean, assist with homework, tons of laundry, playtime, kiss a boo boo…the list could go on and on. In the midst of all of that we as mothers have to find time to REST!!!

PsalmRecently I was reading a devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries and thought it was perfect to share with my girlfriends leading up to Mother’s Day. This particular devotional is titled “How To Climb The Mountain of Motherhood“. The author discusses how to deal with the many tasks, which feel like mountains, of motherhood and learning to take time to be refreshed and renewed. The best way to be refreshed is finding rest in Jesus and allowing Him to restore the virtue through His Word and quiet time with Him and Him alone. We need this time alone with Christ so that we can be renewed mentally and spiritually (sometimes emotionally too) so we can regain our confidence and complete the tasks at hand all with a peace of mind and calming spirit. When we are all worked up and stressed from all of our various to-dos or what is not yet completed, we make the job harder when we haven’t taken the time to stop and spend time with our Savior.

So today I encourage you to do just that. Take a break sis. Send the hubby and kids to the store, put them to bed, tip out and find you a quiet place where you can obtain rest from Him. You will walk away feeling refreshed, renewed, rejuvenated and ready to conquer the tasks of motherhood successfully!

For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; My fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged. – Psalm 62:5-6

I wish you all a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day!

Peace & Blessings,

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Made A Way

Good morning girlfriends!

Today’s mid-week devotional is simply the lyrics to the song “Made A Way” by Travis Greene. This song has been placed in my heart this past week and I just hope that it encourages you. That God made a way for all things to come together in our lives. It was nothing we did beyond believe in His Word and He did just as He’s always promised…. He (God) Made A Way!

Made a way
Don’t know how but you did it
Made a way
Standing here not knowing how will get through this test
But holding unto faith you know that
Nothing can catch you by surprise
You got this figured out and you’re watching us now
But when it looks as if we can’t win
You wrap us in your arm and step in
And everything we need you supply
You got this in control
And now we know that

You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way
You made a way

Now we’re here
Looking back on where we come from
Because of you and nothing we’ve got
To deserve the love and mercy you’ve shown
But your grace was strong enough to pick us up

And you made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way

You move mountains
You cause walls to fall
With your power
You perform miracles
There is nothing that’s impossible
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way

Be encouraged and trust in His promises, today and every day of your life.

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