Jesus Says, “Fear Not”

Let’s face it, fear is real and it exists in everyone of our lives.  The difference is, some  cave into its threats and others  use it to motivate them to get to the next place in their lives.  I used to be that person that would cave into it and allow it to paralyze me and it caused my life to stand still.  Being in ministry and having Pastors that pull on the gifts in me has taught me to push past the feeling of standing there with my knees knocking and not moving.  I have come to understand that fear is a liar.  It paints this ugly picture that your life will fall apart if you do what is required of you.  The times that I have pushed past its taunts and torments, I realized that the whole situation was not as bad as it looked.  When I created this blog I was honestly scared out of my mind.  God had been ministering to me for months  and I was loving every bit of it, but when he told me that it was time to share it, that’s when the voices came.  This same message that blessed me so much became something that I felt no one would even pay attention to.  I was afraid of it not having enough impact on those that read it.

I used to read the story of the Israelite’s while they were in the desert on their way to the promised land.  I read their complaints and their “woe is me’s” while on their journey and I used to think how crazy they were.  They were so close to their destination, but they traveled around the same mountain for FORTY YEARS!!! That sounds crazy right?  Well does it still sound crazy if I tell you that they walked around that mountain because they were filled with fear?  Yes, those people were fearful because they were traveling down an unknown path that they could not figure out.  They didn’t trust what God had promised them and they were not grateful for the things He had already shown them on their journey…sound familiar?

In Exodus 23, God told them that He put an angel in place to lead them along the way to get them to the place that He prepared for them.  The only thing they needed to do was obey.  Today, right now in our lives, Jesus is our Shepherd…He’s the one leading us on the path of righteousness for HIS NAME sake (Psalm 23). Yet still we find ourselves holding on to whatever we can find on the side of the road so we don’t have to face the unknown.  I will say to you the same thing that God said to me, “Jesus already walked out the path that I have created for you. It’s already done so FEAR NOT”.

How do you live a Beautiful L.Y.F.E.?  You have to be willing to trust Jesus and lean on Him.  He’s been down YOUR road already so He already knows what is ahead…even when you don’t.  Psalm 23 says “Even though I walk through the valley and the SHADOW of death, I will fear no evil because You are with me”.  Fear puts the emphasis on the shadows in our lives.  It magnifies and makes it look like it will overtake us, but shadows are not real.  The true emphasis needs to be on Jesus because it is the path that HE created for HIS NAME SAKE.  He wants to get the glory so He won’t lead you wrong.

Living a life where your future can be extraordinary calls for a stand and a walk of faith.  Let us all stop allowing the devil to be glorified in our lives by letting him keep us on the side of the road.  Our lives are supposed to be brighter than any one in this world.  Our lives are supposed to make God more famous than He is to this world.  Today make a decision to walk past the taunts of fear and lets live the Beautiful L.Y.F.E. that God created for us.

Until Next Time…

Jesus, My Shepherd Feeds Me

I don’t know about you, but being raised in the church, I always heard the preachers say that Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His sheep.  That went in one ear and out the other.  Yes, I could picture a field of sheep and a shepherd watching over them, but I couldn’t understand how that relates to me.  Just recently, as I received revelation about living a Beautiful L.Y.F.E., I became more aware of how powerful is to to truly see Jesus as my Shepherd.

In Psalm 23:1 it says, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want (or lack)”.  Okay, He’s my Shepherd, but why am I still lacking?  Why are there still areas in my life where I need supply?  Well, something spectacular happened to me when I asked Jesus those questions.  One of the things He told me is that I needed to RECEIVE Him as my Shepherd.  What does it mean to receive?  It is like someone calling you up and telling you they have a gift for you.  You don’t know what it is or if you will like it until  you receive it and unwrap it.  Once you unwrap the gift and know exactly what it is and what it can do for you, then you began to utilize it in your life.  The only way I can receive Jesus as my Shepherd is to unwrap His qualities as a Shepherd and then embrace Him as that.

I began looking up the duties of a shepherd. Their main role in the life of a sheep is to feed, guide and protect them. To feed means to supply with nourishment…to provide for…and to satisfy. This is not just about the natural. What we need mostly is to be nourished, provided for and satisfied internally…and THAT’S what Jesus does.  He goes into those areas within our souls that are malnourished and damaged.  Those areas in our lives that we tucked away and hid so no one could see.  Our lives are not as beautiful as we desire because we are starving internally and Jesus wants us to know today that He is here to feed us.  He wants to satisfy our souls.  When we are satisfied within, we will be satisfied outwardly.

From this day forward, recognize and embrace that Jesus your Shepherd is in the midst of you to feed you in those areas where you are lacking within.  You won’t experience it until you are intentional about who He is to YOU.  He is YOUR Shepherd…which means He is personal and you have Him all to yourself.  Tell Him about the emptiness you feel within that no one can see.  Tell Him about the pain that overtakes your heart when you think about how certain people have treated you.  Tell Him how hungry you really are and He will satisfy, nourish and provide everything you need.  The Beautiful L.Y.F.E. is awaiting you.  Don’t sit there and starve, let Jesus your Shepherd feed you.

Until Next time…

 

 

The Beautiful L.Y.F.E.

What does a Beautiful L.Y.F.E. look like? Why is it that I feel so passionate about making sure people…God’s people…walk out their lives Beautifully? I have been serving the Lord for about 25 years.  I have heard the messages that say if you do this and do that, then you will be blessed.  Well, I did “that” and I did more of “that”, yet there was still something missing.  I’ve sown money like nobody’s business, yet the balance of what I’ve sown and what I’ve seen manifest in my life is not balancing.  This caused me to sit before the Lord and lay my life down before Him and ask what is it that I am missing.

I truly believe there are so many Christians who are unhappy with their lives. This unhappiness is causing them to seek material things, getting involved in premature relationships with a man/woman, or trying to find satisfaction in money. God’s people have turned to fancy cars, big homes and big money deals, yet it still isn’t enough. I’m not against any of these things because I know that the Lord LOVES to bless His people, but what I’m speaking about is looking for satisfaction in them.

Jesus says in John 10:10 that He came to give us LIFE and give us LIFE in an abundant way.  He came so we can enjoy life and enjoy it to the fullness…a perpetual overflow.  In verse 9 it says that Jesus is The Door and anyone that enters must enter through Him.  So what this means is that in order to have the Beautiful L.Y.F.E. that was designed for us, we must enter in through Jesus.  It is impossible to have Jesus in our lives and not experience abundance so why have we not experienced it? John 10:3 says that His sheep listen to His voice and heed it (give careful attention to).  We need a relationship with Jesus.  Many Christians say they have a relationship with Jesus, but the type of relationship I’m speaking about is one where you engage Him and are intentional about relating to Him throughout your day. It’s not about calling on Him only when you need Him, but it’s taking Him by the hand and allowing Him to escort you through your day.

L.Y.F.E. means Living Your Future Extraordinarily.  The only way to live your life EXTRA ordinarily is to take the hand of an EXTRA ordinary God and allow Him to take you on His EXTRA ordinary journey.  Yes…the life filled with disappointments, unhappiness, depression and poverty was never meant to be YOUR path…YOUR journey.  Jesus came to give you LIFE…an abundant LIFE…so if you haven’t seen this type of life since coming to Jesus, I encourage you to take this journey with me each week.  Re-commit your path to Jesus your Shepherd and allow Him to lead you on the path of righteousness for HIS name sake.

Until next time…

 

Turn On The Light!

I recently sat down with a Christian Counselor and she said something that liberated me.  She said that there was a dark cloud over areas in my heart that needed to be moved so that the light can shine through me.  I didn’t get it at first, but then I ran across this scripture: Read more

Beyond the Mirror

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—  rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.  (1 Peter 3:3-4)

I love defining words.  We tend to take words and water them down to the point of losing the true meaning and definition of the word.  Read more

Step Away From the “Fruit”!

I really like the story of Adam and Eve.  You will find me referring to them a lot in my writings because it’s the beginning and it’s where God established how he intended things to be here on the earth.  In the garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve free rein.  It was a peaceful place where the rivers flowed in and out, the flowers had a beautiful scent and most of all…the two of them were naked and not ashamed.  Read more

Beautifully Imperfect

What does it mean to be Beautifully Imperfect? I think this phrase is an excellent depiction of what I desire to share with the women across the world. First of all, I know it will take some time to understand that beauty is NOT perfect. As I stated in my last blog, beauty isn’t one look…it’s really the essence of who you are, but more on that later. There isn’t anything that proves that having certain features makes you beautiful, Read more

Who Told You That?

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Isn’t that what we are secretly asking ourselves deep down while we are in the mirror everyday? Each of us silently have a picture of what we call perfection etched in our minds and souls that we compare ourselves to. If that wasn’t true, we wouldn’t be in the mirror thinking that our facial and body parts were ugly. We wouldn’t be dissatisfied with what we see in the mirror. Read more