He Loves Me!

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After a hiatus from writing (three years to be exact) there are so many things I need to catch you up on. I’ve been extremely busy. Most recently, I’ve been busy trying to figure out what happened to my plans.  I was going along in life with plans that I thought would definitely hold true. I had plans to get our ministry to flourish and reach more people. I had plans to earn my masters degree and move up in my career. None of my plans have prevailed, yet. It was not my plan to be sitting across from the desk of a stranger and hear the words come out of her mouth, “You may have cancer.” At that very moment life paused and numbness fell completely over me. I had heard about cancer. I had even walked through the process with my own mom, but for some reason some part of me could not believe it would ever be my story.  In the initial days, I remember asking Father God, “Why me?” “Why right now?” I also remember Him asking me, “Why not you?” “Why not now?” As much as I wanted it to be a nightmare, one that I would wake up from, it was real.  I was really going to have to walk this journey, feel these feelings, be completely scared, afraid, and just have the strength to only stand until there was a sign from the Lord on what to do next.

Hindsight, what I thought would be unbearable, scary, and truly a valley of the shadow of death type of experience has been nothing more than a way for Father God to say, “I love you.” I know it’s weird. What type of God would allow a terminal illness to manifest in the one that He loves, scare them completely out of their pants, and watch them cry themselves to sleep?  How is this love? Where is His love in all of this?

I will tell you! In so many ways, He has shown me through this experience His overwhelming love for me. Had he not allowed me to be humbled, broken, and placed me in a still position I would not have recognized that I was really being diagnosed with His love and favor. He has been with me every step of the way. He’s provided for me. He’s sent people from my past back to my life. He’s used the hands and feet of so many to tell me one simple message, “I love you.” When he comforts me in the wee hours, He is saying, “I love you.”  When the tears seem more than the smiles. He catches every last one because of his love for me. We will never be able to comprehend the love of the Father. HIs love is indescribable, incomparable, and unmeasurable.  We will never know the depth or the full power of His love. The tests and trials that come our way are opportunities for His love to embrace us, walk with us, and hold us through it until the end.

I’ve ministered to so many people and shared the message that, “God Loves You,” but this one was for me.  He loves Me! I’m so grateful He interrupted my plans, grabbed my attention, and held me still just to say, “I love you.”

1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

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Who Are You Sipping With? Don’t Entertain Demons!

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coffee-1699185_1920This scripture hit home because there are some people in my life no matter what or how hard I try my spirit is never at rest while in their company. I’ve prayed, I’ve repented thinking maybe I have done something; but nothing changes. It’s almost as if they’ve been positioned in my circle to haunt me, rob my joy, steal any thunder, critique my efforts, copy cat my person, demonstrate selfishness at its best and stir up something in my spirit that gives me no peace.

So, when I came accross: James 3:15-18 NLT For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness, I realized I’ve been forcing myself to sip with demonic forces. To rob me, kill me, destroy me, envy me, and to steal from me is exactly their assignment.  My advice to you is don’t force what the spirit has said no to. There is a reason you are uneasy and cannot rest in the presence of certain people. Jesus is peace. Where there is no peace there is no Jesus!

Sip Right,

Rachell

Rise with Possibility in your Cup!

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 Don’t settle for an impossible mindset.  Fix your mind to believe one of God’s promises.

Matthew 19:26: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.  

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Trump, Clinton, or Hope????

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We have about 25 days until the most important election in history will go underway!  As exciting as each debate has been and the amusement each candidate has provided where is our hope America?

As I dropped my eldest son off at school this morning, a few reminders were whispered into my spirit.  One, no matter who is chosen as the leader of this country, there is still ONLY one King!  King Jesus will reign regardless of Mr. Donald Trump’s or Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s title.  The power that The Blood has can and will demand that demons obey when it comes to His people.  Luke 10:17 says, The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

Second, that same power has the power to transform the hearts of man.  This American experience may very well transform what we think is impossible to be what God ordained years ago to be possible.  Even if the very dreaded candidate wins this election, we should have no fear.  For Jesus won and received all victory on the cross!   These two are political representatives that create and amend laws.  God created the universe, separated water from land, positioned the stars in the sky, made mere man from the dust of the earth, took one  body part and made a woman, destroyed the earth once, and then restored it. Who truly has your vote?

Third, Christians can use this as an opportune time to walk the walk we always talk, FAITH.  No matter the outcome, our faith should grow to new levels. Our faith should be past the minimum requirement of a mustard seed.  We should have mountain moving faith, red sea parting faith, lion den faith, fiery furnace faith, cake making faith, oil never running out faith, go when He says go kind of faith, Lot’s faith, Noah’s faith, Daniel’s faith, Job’s faith, and faith that confuses the enemy.

Fourth, there are some things neither candidate can change or promise.  They can promise to increase or decrease taxes; but they cannot limit or cap the number of miracles God is getting ready to show us.  They can increase or decrease the national deficit; but they cannot block our blessings.  They can change the healthcare reform, but they cannot heal us like the stripes of Jesus. They can build all kinds of walls, but once upon a time in Jericho God even made the walls come tumbling down.  Ha, Ha!  I’m going to shout myself.

God, is getting ready to open up a season were we have no choice but to trust him.  Our faith is approaching a test like we’ve never seen before.  Get ready to not only share in His sufferings; but get prepared to share in His Glory!  Await Nov. 8th with a hopeful, victorious perspective.  For hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  I expect God to still be on His Throne on election day!

 

Holy Spirit Speak!

Rachell

 

 

 

A Teacher’s Armor- Dress Code for Success

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Tomorrow I will begin my eighth year as a public educator. I’ve had so many days were I’ve had the thought what in the world was I thinking? I left being a corporate accountant and trainer to escape stress, to escape politics, and to be in an environment where I can make a real difference.  I didn’t kDress for Successnow that stress would follow me to each campus, politics are live and well in each district, the difference to be made would take the life out of me and place me on spiritual life support.  I was so unprepared and didn’t know that my classrooms would be filled with children who may not have eaten since the night before, who are being abused day-to-day, who don’t know where mother and father are.  No one prepared me in my alternative certification program that the knowledge and tools we would be given would be obsolete before we completed our program and that every year there would be a new buzzword and new name for an old teaching strategy.  Most importantly, there has not been a dress code policy that truly has helped me from day-to-day.

Administrators usually express the first day back their professional dress code expectations.  Depending on their personal preferences and district standards we can either wear jeans or no jeans, wear flip-flops, open toe shoes, capris, or whatever they find as an appropriate attire for success.  I’ve yet to have had one leader to really prepare me and make me aware each year that being a teacher in this generation, especially in an urban demographic, is like walking into war zone.  Everyone from the school boards, to the superintendents, to administrators, to teachers, to parents, and down to the students are entering war for yet another year.  We battle to meet state standards, district expectations, the needs of our students, all while trying to do what we’ve been called to do, teach.  Which by the way, teaching gets the least attention and time throughout a normal day.  Parents fly over like helicopters when their child is held accountable as if they will never have to be accountable in this life.  Administrators  are scared out their mind and have fallen to the pressures of just trying to keep the community happy so they can keep their jobs. Teachers are overwhelmed and exhausted from having to be on the front line without the proper support, resources, and clientele that come everyday ready to learn.  Teachers, well we spend so much time parenting, counseling, and looking at data that we have less and less time to plan and produce the rigor and relevant lessons that are expected from us.  Year after year, semester after semester we start each year with the dread that its time to go back to school.

So, this brings me to a new perspective this year. I’m not going into this school year looking at the data, looking at the lesson plans, stressing over the cute classroom theme; but I’m showing up tomorrow focused on my armor. I refused to go to battle unarmed yet another year.  I will put on the full armor of God so that each day I can stand on what I believe to be right and best for my students.  I will buckle the belt of truth around my waist and no matter what political game is being played before me I will be on the side of what is honest and true. I will walk in with the breast-plate of righteousness and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. I’m taking in my shield of faith that the Bible says can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I will cover my head with the helmet of salvation and be reminded that this is temporary, heaven is my home.  Last but not least, I will not forget my sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  The laws of the land may say I cannot read them over my classroom; but no one can stop me from planting them in my heart!  Move over district policy this is how I will dress for success!

I pray for you educators as you start your assignments. May you too look at your wardrobe tonight and make a conscious decision to put on those things that will keep you well each upcoming day! 

 

God Bless,

Rachell 

 

Do We Need Father’s that Imitate God the Father?

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Upon his shoulders he has been trusted with a tremendous responsibility.  He should resemble and imitate on earth what God the Father is doing in heaven.  He should be the head of his household, not given orders, but directing, instructing, teaching, covering, protecting, and providing for his family. Anyone can be a sperm donor, but it takes a real man to model God’s blueprint for his household and do everything in his power to not only be physically, but emotionally, and spiritually present in the home.

What would our world, nation, state, city, communities, schools, and homes look like if we had more fathers and fewer men dashing in and out of the lives of their children?  Sadly, we have so many broken men and women due to the absence of their father. The cycle repeats in most cases from one generation to the next, only to increase the population of little girls longing for a covering and little boys longing for a model.  I look at God and His relationship with us.  First, He took the time to leave us a written blueprint as a reference throughout life’s most difficult situations.  He then decided to be engaged in our lives by not only leaving His Word and His promises; but being actively involved in every step of the way.  From the time He creates us, He never abandons us.  He’s with us through the good, the bad, and the ugly.  He teaches us, molds us, guides us, and carries us through situations and circumstances.  He fights for us, protects us, and never stops loving us despite our maturity or disobedience toward Him.

Do we need father’s who are imitators of God?  Of course! There is nothing more special than knowing that nothing can separate you from your father, that your father has written you sweet notes of encouragement, instructions, and promises that he has made every effort to keep.  A child desires for a father to be engaged and completely present in his or her life. It’s wonderful to know that father was there during creation; but what truly matters is that he is there every step of the way and that he has never once thought of abandoning you.  It’s those same shoulders that God trusted to carry out His image on earth that provides the greatest comfort to any child through life’s trials and tribulations.  This Father’s Day weekend thank God for the real fathers in your life.  If man has let you down, thank God that He is the ultimate Father.  For His Word says that He is Father to the fatherless and that we are His children.  After all, there is nothing like the real thing!

Happy Father’s Day,

Rachell