Category Archives: A Vessel Full of Power

The One Thing You Can Not Afford

Over the past few days I’ve been hearing this repeatedly in my mind, “You can not afford it…you can not afford it!” As I began to ponder on this thought I found myself coming into agreement with it and even saying it aloud. “I can not afford it. I absolutely can not afford it!” I am now totally convinced and there is nothing or no one that can change my mind or persuade me otherwise.

As I transition into this next season I am taking a look back over my life, especially my valley experiences that I am coming out of and my thoughts have been that of much GRATITUDE! It’s easy to sit and recap all the not-so-great moments I’ve had and “get all in my feelings” so to speak. However, I choose to reflect on HOW God protected me, loved on me in one of my darkest hours, continued to provide for me where I NEVER saw lack of no kind! He eased my pain and burdens to allow me to rest IN Him! I appreciate life and understand just how precious it really is. I am truly GRATEFUL beyond what I am able to articulate. Take a few moments and think of one thing (I know that one will be followed by ten more times ten more) that you’re grateful for and speak it into the atmosphere. See, when you look back you’re able to see where and what you’ve journeyed through…it’s looking ahead and TRUSTING God to guide you the rest of the way.

The one thing you absolutely can not afford to do is…GIVE UP!

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Take Action – STAND!

There comes a point in your life where you are going to have to take a stand for righteousness, stand in faith, stand in opposition, stand when there’s nothing left for you to do! When looking at the word “stand” as a verb or action, it means to “to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause” (www.dictionary.com).

I am taking a stand to share my faith in God with so many of you. I have scraped the bottom of the barrel to locate that one grain of Mustard Seed faith to keep me pushing ahead. Have there been times I’ve wanted to give up? Absolutely! Sometimes it seems as though the harder I pray the tougher the test is, however; my expectancy is I know God will work it out for His glory. All I have to do is stand! The Word of God says, “Now then, STAND still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!” (1 Samuel 12:16).

Even as life’s journey takes place and you KNOW your hope is in Christ Jesus, continue to “STAND firm, and you will win life” (Luke 21:19)! God knows the expected end for you. He won’t fail you no matter what or how things turn out. He is UNfailing! What you and I must continue to do is, “Be on your guard; STAND firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your STAND against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11). These are just a few scriptures to STAND on and know that God’s promises are readily available and are activated through faith, prayer, and belief that truly with God ALL things are possible! We must do our part, yes…our position or action is to…

Stand.

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The Small Still Voice

No sirens. No screeching. No screaming. No yelling. It’s only the sound of His small still voice. Do you find yourself weary at times just from the waves of life? Do you feel as though you’re on the hamster’s wheel of life at times? Or how about wanting just a break from it all and have some peace? *Hands raised!* It’s the small still voice that says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29 NKJV).

God does not want us entangled in the enemy’s devices and schemes. Even those things that lie deep within that causes us to fall short in front of the Holy God of Israel! There is Good News! We have a Remnant! His name is Jesus Christ! He wants to take our filth, setbacks, heartbreaks, heartaches, pain, brokenness, and weaknesses and EXCHANGE it for liberty IN Him! Picture the Cross and the sacrifice that He made. Jesus wants “…To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of The Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3 NKJV).

The stillness of His voice is calling out to you. There is NOTHING that you have done, is doing, or will do that will not qualify you from receiving His love. You only have to believe! “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9 NKJV).

He is speaking.

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A Little Message of Hope

As a little girl I had so many dreams of who I wanted to become. I wanted to model after my third grade teacher, Mrs. Floyd. I wanted to sing like Whitney Houston. I fancied after the character of Claire Huxtable to be a great wife, mother, successful, and have a loving family. Truth of the matter is deep down inside I knew I wanted to tell as many people about Jesus as I could. I was always somewhere alone talking to him when I was a little girl. My most fondest memory would be lying outside on the wooden beach my grandparents had, under the shade tree, and I would look up towards heaven and we would TALK! I knew as a child that Jesus was real! I would sing old hymns (because that’s all I heard my grandmother do). Oh, how sweet it is to know Jesus y’all!

Now that I’m an adult, life has taking some turns. There has been great times of testing. There have been victories on every side. YET I made it! There is YET praise in my mouth! If God be for you then who can be against you, right? *Hi5*

Please allow me to share this very true sentiment with YOU…Jesus is your ONLY hope in this life. Jesus loves you so much that He GAVE His life so that you can live! If you feel all hope is gone and you feel like giving up…my prayer is that you will have a God experience that will change your life FOREVER times infinity! You SHALL live and not die! You SHALL rise up again. You SHALL recover and your increase SHALL be plentiful, in Jesus Name! All in the Name of JESUS!

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You Were Not Built to Break!

Sis, you are much stronger than you think! Yes, I know, it’s easier said than to believe. You may be bent but you’re not broken! You may feel like you’ve been left to fend for yourself with no one to come to your rescue. See, I’ve been where you are right now. I know the dull ache in the pit of your core that won’t go away. Trust me, I know the the feeling of the tears flooding your eyes without an invitation like an unwanted guest. Your thoughts seem to engulf you like a Tsunami and there is nowhere to run for cover.

I remember the brokenness and wondering, “Am I ever going to get past this?” I remember the nights where I cried out to the LORD asking, “Where are you?! Why aren’t you fighting for me?!” I would cry until my eye sockets were swollen and my voice barely a murmur and then drift off to sleep just to awaken the next morning and start the process all over again. See, our stories are not that different…it’s just the chosen paths we took.

The good news is that this is not your final stop! No ma’am! You will not stay in this place. One day I made a life altering choice to BELIEVE God for healing and restoration! I couldn’t fight on my own anymore. My strength was totally depleted. I was right where God wanted me to be and if you’ve arrived at this place–CONGRATULATIONS! This is where you shift total dependence over to God!

He’s waiting for you. He will never leave you. God hears your prayers and bottles up your tears. When you can’t pray, Jesus is constantly pleading on your behalf! Sis, you are not in the fight alone. I need you to survive! Take a deep breath and say, “I AM A VESSEL FULL OF POWER!” You might not think so right now but…WATCH GOD do it!!

“Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.” (Psalm 28:2 NIV)

v.6) “Praise be to the Lord,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.”
v.7) The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.” (Psalm 28:6, 7 NIV)

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” (Psalm 3:3 NIV)


A Vessel Full of Power!

This blog is dedicated to the vessels that God took His time in creating. Every ounce of love, strength, boldness, creativity, beauty and so much more — God inundated us with the ability to withstand and to endure. Some of you have been so battered and torn down by situations, circumstances, and poor decisions that reaped coals of distress that you go into “auto-pilot” mode. I know this all too well because I have been where you’ve been and I’m not too far away from it now. The Word of the LORD declares, “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (Psalm 3:3 NIV). What an amazing declaration of faith, especially when it seems that instead of things getting better, it’s getting worse.

I know what it’s like to have tear-stained pillows, swollen eyes from the pressure of crying so hard that your soul cries along with you. The hollow feeling in the pit of your stomach that is filled with so much distress that you wonder, how am I going to make it past…this moment? Imagine what King David was feeling when he said, “I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears” (Psalm 6:6 NIV).

Daughters of God, my kindred sisters, as I encourage myself…I extend it to you as well. YOU are a VESSEL FULL OF POWER! (Say it to yourself! Then repeat it again only this time louder and more confidant and with total belief!) I KNOW it’s not easy. I know doubt and fear try to creep in but the awesome power of sound! To use the instruments of our voices to make a declaration of power because of who we are and whose we are! Today, I believe it and I need you to believe with me!

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