Not Today!

To stomp on your heart, to trample on your soul; to let you lose sight of your dreams. To ultimately grip, your heart with unfounded fears. What the darkness tries to do, to your heart. Show the darkness you have a light; within, around, throughout… it all. Let the darkness be blinded by the light. Shine bright, shimmer fiercely; you are a diamond… not easily broken! Even in the rough times, let the darkness know; your heart is grounded. Forever rooted, no longer a slave… to fear. Kick fear to the curb, no trash talk today; my heart is predestined to thrive. Tell the darkness, Not Today!

You see, my friends. I too have faced dark times, but never a dark moment. What I mean by that? We all go through dark valleys, but I never let it define the moment. The darkness definitely has a shadow, but my heart is what will never cast the doubt. Just the light, a reflection of the love shining; from the inside. The darkness knows, I’m Never in the mood. So, when the darkness comes, trying to mess with your faith. When it tries to steal your hope, stamp the telltale sign on your heart; Not Today. I’m not in the mood… for the lies, the trickery; the deception. Let the darkness know, light within is so much greater. Then the darkness will surely give way, to the light… in you. Let the darkness read all about it, let it be front page news; how much your heart is truly free. And you’re truly bold, tell the darkness to pay special attention; to the highlighted area, Hell No… Not Today!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I would like to share one of my earliest memories, of a “Not Today” moment. I was 13, some friends and I were heading to the mall to hang out. On the way there, my friends decided to take a shortcut; through someone’s backyard. They all jumped the fence, and wanted me to follow; but my heart wasn’t trained for that. I told them I wasn’t comfortable with it. One of them said, take the long way, or go back. It was a true defining moment, but never a hard decision. My heart was content, to just go back home. Never held it against them, it was a moment for my heart to say; devil, Not Today!

To this day I’ve never been one to be bothered, or influenced by what others thought, or said about me. Growing up I had a wonderful godly grandmother, who knew my heart need a firm foundation; why I’ve been in church all my life. Even though it wasn’t until the age 15, when I accepted the true calling on my heart. Looking back now, I can see that from a young age; I knew who I was, and am. When you hear about predestined, and set apart. I can unequivocally say, I truly know what that means. One of my favorite scriptures, which I memorized around the age of ten; Psalms 23. “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Verse 4‬, ‭NLT‬‬

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Stay Off the Grass!

Sometimes we tend to look into the lives of others, and think how the grass seems so much greener. Your grass is growing, and you do get to enjoy it; but it’s a bit patchy. You feel like your season is almost over, so you start to wonder; when will it be your season for change? The grass may look greener, but just remember this; first look for a sign. It just might tell you, Stay… where you are. The grass on the other side, didn’t become green overnight. Just like a well manicured grass, your heart is being meticulously cared for; it’s all in the details!

This tale is not about sweat equity, so don’t sweat it. If you sow the right seeds, and love the season you’re in; your heart will surely flourish. It’s about time, seed, harvest. When love is the fertilizer, your heart will enjoy showers of blessings. Let it rain down, lift your heart to the sky; give thanks. The grass may be greener, but you didn’t see; when weeds overwhelmed. What it took to get it looking so lush; a hope in, and how much faith was applied!

• Stay off the grass, if you can’t appreciate; the place where you’re at!

• Stay off the grass, if you’re unsure; if where you’re at; is not where you need to be?

• Stay off the grass, if you’re still guessing and spelling? If the sign is just for show, not a show; what results from true grit!

So, stay off the grass; if you haven’t yet learned, how to stay the course. Shortcuts are convenient, but it’s not the path. There’s a path, that leads to greener pastures; all that’s required, a choice. To not trample on someone else’s dream, trying to get to a brighter tomorrow. While waiting for your season to change, be not anxious; God sees where you’re at. Take hold of His love, let Him take hold of your heart. Be content, follow the path set before you. It’s the little things in the choices you make, that demonstrates your character. If you’re happy and you know it, do all… of the above. In everything, truly make it a labor of love. And Stay Off the Grass, if the sign; is in plain sight!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 NIV
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The Rudder!

When the rudder seems broken, how does a heart; find its way, out of the darkness? What does a heart do, when the darkness is relentless; endlessly beating against your soul? Which way does a heart turn, when the waves are so fierce? How does a soul, absolutely lost; find its way? Trying navigate the dark, while trying to keep from drifting… off course? What does a heart do, when the rudder is utterly broken? On what can a heart forever hinge its hope, when the faith is under water? Hanging on, to such a thin piece of hope? Where does a heart anchor, the little hope it has? When it seems like the perfect storm; wants to capsize the soul?

Don’t Bow… to the pressure, forever hold Stern; to unwavering faith? When Port is on the other side, of a raging storm? When you’re scared, just trying to do you. When you’re desperately trying to fix, the holes withn your faith. The fix, don’t bail… on what you believe; let your peace be still. The awkward feelings, is when a heart is set apart; to be more than… ordinary. It’s perfectly okay, to not know the way; you just need to trust… your heart. I know sometimes, no matter what you do; it seems you’re getting nowhere. The devil is a liar, you’re not going to die; you have a destination. Shh, listen; God’s trying to tell you something!

Let God’s love, be the stabilizer. The love that takes control, let His love take the wheel. As far as the east is from the west, His love will never let your heart be… shipwrecked, His love is the lighthouse. Face the rudder, towards the brightest Star… board your confidence. On a new found hope, that your heart is finally heading in the right direction. Pivot your faith, vertical. Let His love steer your heart, into a new horizon. How you choose forever, point the rudder; in the right direction. Apply God’s love, to your hope in; His love will guide your heart. If you put His love in FIRST, your need in SECOND? Smooth sailing, into your forevermore; Sail On…

The Message; JOHN 3:16. For God so love…

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Every So Often!

Every so often, I hold my breath; every so often, it’s hard to breathe. Even with a heavy heart, every so often; I take a breath. Even if there’s a weight, is resting on my heart!

Every so often, I close my eyes; but every so often, I know I have to be vigilant. To know when it’s the time; to watch, and pray!

Every so often, I feel like running; but every so often, I have to remember to just stand…. Take a moment to truly remember, that it’s a walk… by faith!

Every so often, I feel like crying; but every so often, I don’t have time to shed tears. Some days the rain must fall, but most days I see the sun; and how it shines bright… in me!

Every so often, I know I have to fight; but every so often, I have to know how to be still. It surely is a fight, but the fight is not my own; I have a defender!

Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s in the stillness; how I’ve learned to breathe. To rest, in peace; every time, I close my eyes, and open my heart. How I learned to stop running, and just walk; with confidence. Knowing my Daddy is at work, fighting on my behalf; providing for my soul. How I learned to trust, that my heart is well secure; within my Daddy’s love. From time to time I cry, most of the time; tears of joy. Daddy’s love shines bright, and just warms my heart. Occasionally, I ask myself why; do You love me so? Yesterday, I had to wonder why; why are some days a struggle? But today, yes today; I focus on the LOVE, and FAVOR. Every So Often, I question my heart; but Never His Love… for me!

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The Message; Sound Off!

In the beginning, there was a sound. A voice like a trumpet, resounding from the heavens. Let there be, and it was; The Light, casting away the darkness. Let there be, and there was; a vault. A sound hovering, over the surface of the deep. Let there be, and it was. A harmonious sound within the air, love moving within every breath. To let every imagination soar, a heart singing the sweet sound; the song of heaven. Sound off, one, two. Sound off, three, four. Sound off, five, six. Seven, the voice rested; everything sounded perfect. Love was resting, within the stillness!

We all have a sound, in each of us there is a song. A voice within, a love that should be heard. It’s not about a shout down, but how you rise up; every morning. To let the love within the new day rise. To let your heart take flight, upon the wings of a prayer. God it’s your breath, within our lungs; may we pour out the praise. With One voice, in harmony, in unison; forever. Peace, be still; to all the raging hearts. It’s the power of sound, but tune your hearts; until the pitch is perfect; good vibrations. When hearts are truly in tune, even the slightest whisper; emits a peaceful sound. This is a sound off, not a going off; without stopping to imagine the toll, from a hurtful tone!

Don’t blow a mind, help change a heart; with the rich sound of love. May love forever be, what truly resonates within. You can speak like an angel, but if it’s not grounded within a loving tone. It’s just a resounding gong, a clanging cymbal. Set it off, not with useless verbiage. But the sound of a heart forever changed, with a resounding vibrato. A strong, enriching tone. You’re truly richer, than you may even think. May we learn how to gently pull on a stringed instrument; the heart. A moment to prove, that you can distinguish the light; from the darkness? Within every moment, it’s another opportunity; to Sound Off… with love!

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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The Walk!

The walk, a walk; call it what you may, but it’s never alone. It’s a road, a path, the highway; going up yonder. Sometimes the street is unpaved, the path a bit crooked; but it’s about the destination. It’s not a sprint, it’s not even a marathon; it’s a journey, a walk. I can take a thousand steps, but one thing I’m still trying to do; walk a mile. No matter how hard the road we walk, it’s always one foot in front of the other. One step at a time, gets you to the streets of gold. If it feels like you carry the world, if your soul is getting weary; find rest; under the tree of life. Mercy, what goes before you; Grace, what keeps you!

Left, right, left, right; it’s not about being militant. It’s not about counting steps, count your blessings. Don’t fall into a legalism pothole. Let your heart be at peace with the journey, let your soul be unashamed with the walk. Be unapologetic, about the choice; to be faithful. Whenever I get weary, I retreat to my hiding place. I run under the canopy, a love that covers; a shelter, within the storm. Every day is a test, along the journey there are lots of trials. The key, be forever steadfast; know how to truly get through, it’s not on your own!

When my love starts to stray, a change of heart; means a change of direction. Whenever I lose hope, I stop to listen; faith comes by hearing, but in the stillness. So therefore, guard your heart; don’t let it be led astray. Run the race, pressing toward the prize; just remember, to walk by faith. Don’t let the journey get your heart into a tailspin, over all the long winding roads. Be not troubled, by all the unpaved streets. Don’t just rely on sight, it only gets in the way. You don’t always have to see the how… you get there. You just need to know Who, makes crooked paths straight; in The Walk!

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One!

Life; the journey. To some it’s all about moving on up, to the east side. Some like to call their life, a west side story; but still a journey, every heart needs to take. Every One wants to get to the top of the mountain, but along the way; there are valleys. Where the heart of a warrior needs to come alive, to slay a Goliath. Life is taken One day at a time, One step at a time. A press through, a push pass; the shadows. Pressing on… the upward way, should forever be One direction; vertical. The journey can never be taken lying down, you have to take a stand; every day. You may only get, that One moment… in time. Yes, some days it’s One step forward, only to do the two step; trying to avoid the past. Some days the walk is a long winding road, some days the path is paved; but every day, choose to still enjoy the journey!

We only get One life, we live, we breathe; as we try to enjoy every moment. So, live it; One heartbeat at a time. One heart, One mind, One soul; it’s One place, within. Life is short, and we only get One story to tell; live it well. Let your heart dream, as far as the east is from the west. Everyday count your blessings, don’t just stop on the Number One. We all get more than just One day, every single day we get; is a true blessing. So therefore, let’s live as One; let’s truly be as One. Let the passion be for One another. Let it be unbridled… compassion; not just uncontrolled ambitions… for self. This I write, not just to encourage; but to inspire… all to truly represent, The One, who holds our tomorrow!

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