Monthly Archives: January 2018

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

There are times in life when we look around… and those we depended on to encourage us are gone—in need of encouragement themselves—or just not helpful. What shall we do then? Let us remember David’s reaction when he faced difficulties. As David looked around him, he saw nothing but discouragement and despair. No one to encourage him, so… David encouraged himself in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6).

In that moment… when we ask ourselves, “Is it gonna be all right?” On the day, we feel stressed out—thinking we’re too young or too old to accomplish our goals. In that hour, when we hope trouble don’t last always because it seems like every time we get up—we get knocked down. Feeling desperate, afraid, and alone… no one to call on. In times such as those—we must encourage ourselves! Remember Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25) and the wise Elihu, who reminded Job that God gives songs in the night (Job 35:10).

We must turn to our faith and seek God (Psalm 13:5; 1 Samuel 30:8, Philippians 4:6 & 8; 1 Peter 5:7; Ephesians 2:18). Listen to God’s voice and follow (John 10:4; John 10:27). Pray our worries away (Philippians 4:6-7; Isaiah 26:3; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Psalm 105:4). Believe God’s Word and rejoice (Psalm 13:5-6; 1 Samuel 30:9; Psalm 28:7-8; Psalm 56:3; Psalm 42:5; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 105:4; Numbers 6:25; Philippians 4:13 Colossians 1:13-14). Meditate on God’s goodness and His promises… give Him our praises (Psalm 13:6; Psalm 22:5; Psalm 40:1-3; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 5:1).

Through praise and worship, in our prayer closet… we find joy and change our focus. We see the situation in a new light. We gain a closer relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. We come to realize that our situation is not strange. We know many others who have come before us and survived… prospered and grew in grace and favor. By God’s mercy, we will too. We will overcome… with testimonies worthy and strong. Hallelujah! We know how to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: ~ Ephesians 1:11

God uses our strengths, weaknesses, heartaches, successes, failures, and experiences to shape our hearts and minds… In order to bring us closer to him and prepare us to fulfill our calling. For a calling is a specific part of our purpose—born out of faith and conviction. Like Paul (Acts 9:15), we too… can hear the call of God. A call that may seem great or small. A call that can affect the life of a single person… or change the world for everyone. A call that is not limited to influential leaders, the educated, the rich, or the famous.

God can call anyone—who need only answer and obey. A courageous, wise, and caring man or woman of faith, can be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary. As he or she personifies the will of God. A man or woman answering the call knows that he or she isn’t self-sufficient because a call requires God’s guidance from beginning to end.

On Monday, January 15, 2018, we pause to acknowledge life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A man who advanced civil rights using the strategies of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

Dr. King’s I Have a Dream, If vs Though Faith, When Jesus Becomes a Reality (Sermon Jam), Overcoming Discouragement, and Love Your Enemies, along with many other speeches  show his courage, wisdom, and faith.

Thank you, Dr. King. May we remember the dream… as we journey along this way.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. ~ Mark 9:23

Scientists estimate the probability of you—being born you—at about 1 in 400 trillion. The chance of you winning the Mega Millions lottery… 1 in 259 million. Those are amazing odds. Yet, here we are… and for those who play the lottery, someone will win. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and none of us are here by chance (Jeremiah 1:5).

For when the mountain seems too high to climb and the task seems impossible. Whether you’re praying for a breakthrough in your personal health… the health of a family member or friend. Or you’re desperately seeking God’s guidance and wisdom because you don’t know which way to turn. Maybe you’re praying for love, peace, and happiness. Perhaps you need a financial blessing. Possibly you’re worried about getting divorced or being married. It could be the salvation and protection of your children that keeps you up at night.

No matter the circumstances you’re facing… keep a godly perspective. Even our challenges serve a purpose (Peter 4:12-13). Continue to pray and trust God, through every situation… because if you can stand the pull… He will pull you out. According to Oswald Chambers, God “will tax the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will obey Him”.

So, if things seem impossible—the task unattainable… find wisdom in the words of Nelson Mandela, “It only seems impossible until it’s done.”

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:19

When I was much younger, I was always in a hurry. I’d set goal after goal. Then complain to my brother about how hard I tried, yet… still hadn’t succeeded. One day, my brother looked at me and said… “It’s not by your might, or by your power, but by the Spirit of the Lord… that you will accomplish your goals… read Zechariah 4:6”. He encouraged me to continue to work hard, do what’s right, and trust in the Lord’s timing.

I thought about my brother’s words today, as I considered my New Year’s resolutions. Like most… I counted my blessings… gave thanks for family and friends… food and shelter. I looked back on past disappointments… felt a surge of optimism… and embraced the renewal of hope that comes with a new beginning. I welcomed the opportunity for self-improvement… delighted at the possibility to help others… bowed my head in humility and gave praise to the almighty God in Jesus name… for allowing me to see another year.

So, whether your New Year’s resolution in 2018 is to… Attend Church More, Be Happier,  Be Healed, Be Kinder, Buy a Car, Eat Healthier, Eat Less, Fall in Love, Get a Job, Get More Exercise, Get Married, Get Sober, Graduate from School,  Help Others, Join a Choir, Join a Church, Learn to Speak a Second Language, Pray Daily, Remodel Your House, Save More Money, Sell a House, Start a Family, Stay Motivated to Grow in Grace and Favor, Stop Procrastinating, Stop Using Profanity, Teach a Bible Class, Travel Around the World, Visit the Sick, Write a Book, Write a Song… and the list goes on-and-on…!

No matter your New Year’s resolutions… Remember, you can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). But it’s not by your power or your might alone… It’s not just luck, hard work, or intellect either… It’s by the spirit of the Lord that we gain favor, be blessed and increase in prosperity.

Jesus Christ allows you to find your way in a wilderness and drink from rivers in the desert. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Hence, by the grace of God through faith… on this 1st day of 2018, you can start again… and expect to behold a new you… Happy New Year!

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.