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Ahhhh! The week is coming to an end. It has been one challenging week. We had a few issues with out boiller and water heater this week. Now if you’ve ever been to New York in the winter time, you know that we had a rough week. I love my nice long hot showers but this week, I had to resort to lugging small buckets of boiled water and once I got them to the cold bathroom, I had to give myself a peptalk just to disrobe.

As I sat there and thought about my challenges, my mind wandered off to my people in Haiti. I may not have any hot water or heat but I have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep on. I have electric heaters running and I have food to eat. Though I may not be able to do the things I like to do, I am able to do much more than they can.

I immediately started to smile and enjoy my small bucket of boiling hot water. By the time I walked out of the bathroom, I felt fresh and renewed. Sometimes life will throw us up for a loop. What I have come to realize is that no matter how low you think you are, someone else has it worse than you. As long as we are on this earth and the enemy of our souls still roams the world, we will experience hardships.

However, though he is busy trying to cause us to relinquish our faith, our God is busy making a way out for us. Yes, I had a rough week but it ends this weekend when our boiler and water heater will be fixed. I was handed lemons so I made some lemonade. Don’t let your present circumstances dictate your future. Learn how to work with what you’ve got and keep praising God. You may not be where you want to be, but had God not intervened you could have been where no one wants to be.

I survived the week and have learned to appreciate little things like heat and hot water ( I may just hug the technician from National Grid when he comes on Saturday). Is there something that your complaining about? Have you sat back and taken a real good look at the situation? Do you realize it could have been worse? God is faithful and though He may not be moving in the way you want Him to, He’s moving.

Praise God in every circumstance and enjoy some lemonade.

Memory Text
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8: 38-39

Prayer Prompt
Dear Lord,
Thank you for another brand new day. I thank you for moving even in the little things in my life. Help me to learn how to make the best of any situation and grant me the Spirit of discernment so that I may always recognize Your Mighty Hand…

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Last night two of my girlfriends and I linked up for some relaxation time. The guys were off to their Superbowl party, so the ladies had some girl time. We watched the movie “Precious” which is a definite must see. After the movie, we shared some of our experiences and how faithful God has been to us.

As they were talking, I thought about my current challenges and how bleak the road ahead seems to be. I know that God is working it out, but not knowing WHEN He will open the door is a difficult place to be in. The enemy has surrounded me and he is throwing his best attacks my way. Where’s God? I ask myself. Does he not see this? What did I do to deserve this? Then I hear him answer, YOU DID NOTHING TO DESERVE THIS! The enemy is just showing off, but I GOT THIS!

This takes me back to the garden at Gethsemane. I imagined how Jesus must have felt to see the pain that was in store for Him. The agony He must have endured. But like Jesus, I know what is happening now is for a greater purpose. However, right this minute, I want to ask God to “take this cup away from me”. It seems like too much to bear and I just wish God would just come down and rescue me NOW. However, I know I must get to the point where I can say Not my will, but thy will be done.

It’s not about how I feel, its about Jesus. It’s not about when I want it, but it’s about His perfect will. Sometimes, you will feel like your back is against the wall and enemy has mounted an attack on you. You look to the left and see no way out. You look to the right and see more attacks. This is the time where you need to look up and turn it over to God. This is the time you hand everything over and stand still.

This test is for a new testimony. Your sling is being stretched further back so you can go even further. God has a plan and He hears your cry. His delay is not to hurt you but for His glory. When He enters the midst, all will know that He is God. Cry if you must, yell if you must, but don’t give up. Don’t let the enemy win. Your General is mapping his attack and He will arrive right on time.

This battle my dear is not yours, it’s the Lords. Let Him fight for you. When He fights our battles, we come out victorious. He is not a loser, he doesn’t know how to fail. Therefore, we are guaranteed to prevail. Look up! Help is on the way. Look to the sky! Jesus is drawing nigh. There is no yoke to heavy for him to bear, just take it to Him and leave it there.

Memory Text:
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Prayer Prompt:
Lord,
I am standing here in need of your intervention. My knees are weakening and I can no longer stand. I need your help Lord. I need you to help me stand. Father, I know you can not fail. Please fight this battle for me. I can not fight it but I know if you do, we will conquer. Give me the strength Lord to wait on you. Take over this situation and make it a new testimony. I place my trust in you Lord and I thank you for my breakthrough even now…..

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One of our young ladies delivered a powerful message today. She focused her message on Mark 9 beginning from verse 17. In this story, we are told that a father brought a child who had a dumb (mute) and deaf spirit. The father brought him to Jesus for healing. Jesus asked him do you believe? He replied,

Lord,I believe; help thou my unbelief. Mark 9:24

How can one believe and yet ask Jesus to help your unbelief? Well, have you ever believed Jesus for something and found yourself doubting or getting weary during the waiting process? You believe Jesus can do it but you wonder when. We all have been in a state of unbelief atleast once in our lives.

As I sit here writing this message, I am battling with unbelief. I am believing God for a breakthrough but the wait and pressing timeline is throwing me for a loop. It is extremely hard to remain steady when the ground beneath you is starting to give way and you don’t see your deliverance anywhere near. However, I am assured that God has a way out for my family and we just need to trust Him.

Trust Him to see us through. Trust Him to light a path in the darkness. Trust Him to pave the way in the wilderness. Trust Him to make a river flow in the desert. Trust Him to make a dry path in the middle of the sea. We need to trust the God of the impossible to make all things possible. I may not see the miracles right now, but I know they are working in my favor.

Faith is not seeing but believing while not seeing. God wants us to believe in Him even when we don’t yet see what He is doing. There is a blessing in believing without seeing.

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 (NIV)

We are a blessed people. Why? For we believe in God without ever seeing Him. Unlike the Israelites who had to privilege of seeing God’s hand in delivering them out of Egypt, we have not seen any of these miracles for ourselves. However, we believe in God simply because we are convicted through His Living Word.

I may not know when God will show up but I know He is an on time God. I may not know how He will deliver me but I know He will. I am trusting in Him and walking by Faith. It’s not easy, but God is my source of strength.

The Bible says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
I am taking God up on that challenge. He has invited me to stand on His promises. He has asked me to see that He is good. So I will Taste His promises and See how good He is.

I may not have a clue what you are going through right now. However I know a man who can bring you out. Is it sickness? He’s the ultimate healer. Facing death? He ressurects the dead. Financial issues? He owns the whole world. Hungry? He can fill you up. Thirsty? He gives living water. Whatever your need may be today, Christ is the answer. Look up and stand firm for your deliverance is on the way. Don’t give up, for your blessing is near. Even if your back is against the wall, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

Memory Text:
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

Prayer prompt:
Dear Lord,
I am going through right now and I just feel like I am sinking. Lord I believe that you can bring me out but Lord I need you to help me to continue believing you for a miracle. Father, the ground beneath me is giving way. Lord hold me in the palm of your hand and keep me steady. I may not see my deliverance right now, but I know it’s coming. Thank you in advance for my breakthrough.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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“Bye Mom, Bye Dad” I said. I rushed out of the house and into the cold as I headed to Utica Avenue to catch the bus. The funds are kind of low today so no dollar cab (really $2 now) for me. As I dipped my metrocard in the slot I greeted the bus driver with a “Good Morning!”. He nodded and replied, “God’s Morning”. I smiled as I walked to my seat and contemplated on this for a moment. He’s absolutely right. It is indeed God’s Morning.  God causes the sun to shine, the bird’s to fly and the flowers to bloom. There is nothing that has not been created by our God. The bible says the earth was without form and God came down and spoke everything into existence.

This causes me to think, if God can speak the world into existence, if He can make man from the dust of the earth and breathe life into him and cause him to live, if he can create the birds of the air and the beast of the fields, then my God can surely take care of me. Sometimes the troubles of this world threaten to cause us to overlook the magnificence of God. His awesomeness and power can be seen in every creation around us. Even the skycrapers of New York City display the grandeur of our God. If it were not for the intelligence given to man, none of these marvels would exist.

As I woke up this morning, the enemy threatened to discourage me by surrounding me with sadness, depression and doubt. However, I was quickly reminded of what Jesus told the disciples. If God can care for the itsy bitsy sparrow, he surely can and will take care of me. There’s a song that comes to mind and it says:

Though the storms may rise
Though the winds may blow
I know the Lord is by my side
To comfort and to guide
This I know
I’m gonna make it
I can’t turn back now

God walks with us through all of our trials. When we cry, He cries. When we hurt, He hurts. The great comfort is that although He too feels our pain, He has already devised a way out of your situation. You will come out of it ALIVE. Just trust God to see you through this and every situation. As you trust Him, I invite you to sing with me:

I’m reaching for the Prize
Yes I am
I’m reaching for the Prize
I can’t turn back now

Look around you and see the beauty of God’s morning and continue to reach for the prize. Let nothing get you down. Keep your spirits up and your faith steady for God is still on the throne and He is holding you in the palm of His hand. Look up, to the left, to the right and all around and enjoy God’s Morning for it was created just for YOU!

Memory Verse:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Prayer Prompt:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for allowing me to see another beautiful “God’s Morning”. I am grateful that you loved me enough to create such a beautiful place just for me. I pray that you will help me to learn how to enjoy it and that it will serve as a constant reminder of your love for me. In and through all things, I will continue to praise You and reach for the prize….

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