Friday, October 16, 2020

A Yielded Vessel

Hello there!

It's been a while, and for good reason!  I've been super busy!  I've experienced such an overflow into my business, and I am truly grateful.  God is teaching me how to be a better steward of my time and finances.  I endeavor to have that beautiful thing called BALANCE, where all matters are seen to and no one is slighted. I want to make sure that I spend quality time with Jesus, my husband, my family while managing my home, business and ministry.  With all of that said, all has been well and it is well!  I truly can't complain (it doesn't help anyways).

Ever had a conversation with someone, and before you know it, you start saying words and phrases that were not conceived by your own thinking?  It was a straight "download from the throne," as my pastor would often say.  Well, that happened today.  God is just deliciously awesome. Yes, deliciously awesome. Oh taste and see... 

I was speaking with one of my clients about her book and how she appreciated my feedback.  The conversation took a turn to another writing project she's working on for an event she'll be attending.  As I shared my writing tips with her, I gave an example of how she can format it. I began to expound on the significance of vessels.  If you have read my book, you'll know why vessels are special to me. However, the example I shared with her today is not in my book. This example was fresh off God's holy presses.  

When I think of a vessel, I think of a cup, pot, vase, drinking glass or pitcher.  They are designed to hold something and the opening is at the top.  They are typically made to be filled with something: flowers, water, food, etc.  Although there are a lot of abstract art, I've yet to see an opening any place else other than the top.  

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I believe that opening at the top symbolizes the ability for God to pour into us from His heavenly position. With opened hearts and outstretched arms, we avail ourselves to Him. We look up for our Help, which is God (Psalm 121).  We are earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7) that are designed to be filled with the things of God--passion, purpose, gifts, skills, talents, spiritual gifts, etc.  The opening at the top shows a vulnerability--a yielding of one's self or itself to be filled or used for a divine purpose.  It also shows a cleansing and conversion of the soul...outpouring of His spirit that flows from our head (mind, will, emotions=SOUL) and on downward. Once the mind is converted and renewed daily, the body (flesh) will be subjected to God's use. Hopefully, we are opened for the use of glorifying God. So, I have three questions:

Who or what are you opening yourself to?
What's in your vessel?
Are you a vessel of honor or a vessel of dishonor?
(2 Timothy 2:20-21)

Allow these questions to marinate in your mind.  Be honest and transparent with yourself and with God.  If your vessel has been opened for purposes that align with the kingdom of darkness, then repentance is your portion---if you want to change

Being yielded to God comes with a price---exchanging your will for His (Luke 22:42).
Just know that the return on such investment is not only beautifully abundant, but it is eternal. 

I pray you were inspired,


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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Let US Go...

"Your security is not in the absence of crisis."
~Dr. Myles Munroe

I was watching a sermon my husband sent me of the late Dr. Myles Munroe.  When I heard him say the above quote, my mind shifted back to the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus was asleep during a storm. Before the storm arose, He told the disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." (Mark 4:35 NASB)
The beautiful thing about Scripture is that you can receive so much revelation from one Scripture. 
I personally gained a few beautiful nuggets from this Scripture that I will expound upon.

1. Emmanuel
Jesus was named "Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us" (Matthew 1:23).  As it pertains to the quote above, our security isn't, and shouldn't be in the finest of alarm systems or a seemingly peaceful environment. Our security is found in God and God alone.

God is our refuge and fortress...Psalm 91:2. 
A refuge is a shelter or place of protection.  A fortress is a fortified place or stronghold that isn't easily infiltrated. It's strong and secure. When the coronavirus first took the globe by storm, I've heard my fair share of sermons and references to Psalm 91, which is a psalm of protection. Then, as the pandemic raged on with sickness, rising death tolls and unemployment numbers, seemed like the Church (the universal Body) responded in a way that aligned with the rudiments of the world. And let me be clear: I'm not just referring to the closing of the "brick and mortar." It's more to this walk than simply "going to church."  I understand that. I'm talking about the number of conversations and criticisms I've had, and faced from fellow believers whose faith seemed to waver and dissipate at a virus. Fellow believers who are reluctant to even fellowship with me in person due to "wisdom" (translated as fear). We must remember and stand on this:
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
There is no "BUT" after that statement. 
Jesus is Emmanuel.  He is with us; therefore, we should be secure in knowing that we're safe.
In the storm, approaching the storm and even exiting the storm--Jesus is with us always!  We have no need to fear or worry!  When you cross to the other side, approaching the impending storm, test or trial, Jesus is crossing along with you!

2. Omniscient
Jesus is God in the flesh; He has all the attributes of Father God, for He and the Father are one (John 10:30). Therefore, Jesus is omniscient, or "all knowing," just like Father God.  Do you think that Jesus wasn't aware that a storm was approaching? Jesus, in all of His omniscience, knew and was well aware of what was coming.  However, He chose to take nap. 
Lesson to be learned here:  When a storm arises, grab your pillow and take a nap (Mark 4:38). One thing Jesus did do that was considered as "using wisdom" is that He was in the hinder part, or the stern, of the ship. We know that when storms come, we are instructed to take cover. Read my blog on it here.  Although we take cover, we must rest in the safe, blessed assurance of our strong tower, which is the name of the Lord (Proverbs 18:10). 

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3.  Sight over Savior
Y'all.  Jesus was right there, with them!  And His disciples, bless their poor lil' hearts, got caught up in the situation.  Jesus was physically, right there! Straight chillin'. In the ship.  And they, legit, started making accusatory remarks, indirectly asking Him if He even cared (Mark 4:38). The disciples walked with the Lord.  Personally seen Him perform many miracles and just that quick, they lost sight of Him. I'm reminded me of Elijah. He made the prophets of Baal look straight dumb, won the showdown and the next minute, he got wind of Jezebel, tucked tail and ran (1 Kings 18:21-40; 1 Kings 19:1-3).   
Introspection:  How quick are we to run, or point the finger at God, just blaming Him for all of the stuff we're going through? And, if we are honest, we, in our carnal intelligence and self-will, placed ourselves into those gruesome situations without even taking stroll down Proverbs 3:5-6 (let that marinate).  
Sometimes, we (me and you) allow the vicissitudes of life to sway our thoughts and shake our faith.  We, oftentimes, allow what we see, make us lose sight of our Savior.  Once again, Jesus was in the boat with them!  (Emmanuel!) When He said He will never leave or forsake us, He meant that!
Do not allow what you see make you lose sight of the Savior.

In conclusion, Mark 4:35-41 beautifully demonstrates Jesus being down for the cause.  He cares and is right there, even in the self-induced storms we may create. The late Dr. Myles Munroe said, 
"Your security is not in the absence of crisis."  Just because things seem peaceful, does not mean that we are fully secure. Our surety and security are unequivocally found in the One who said, "...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20 KJV) 

I pray you were inspired,


Scripture References: Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 28:20, Proverbs 3:5-6

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Good afternoon!

My goodness!  March marched in to a different tune, didn't it? A different form of "March Madness," like, for real!

Coronavirus/COVID-19 is at the top of the news on the hour each day.  The Internet is filled with real time updates on COVID-19. The worldwide spread of this virus has totally tilted the axis of our lives. So much is going on; however, to us who believe God and His Word,  we are not ignorant of the day we are living in.  When asked about what I think about this virus, I simply reply, "Matthew 24."  That book and chapter resonates loudly. I truly believe that we are living in "the beginning of sorrows" that Jesus states within that text.  And oddly (to most), I am at peace.

Now, that does not mean that I am not concerned; it just means that I exercise wisdom, I try to abide by the laws of the land, sanitize and pray. Michigan is officially under an executive order shutdown which started at 12:01 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, March 24th. This means "essential travel" only: grocery store, fuel, bank, going to work--just the essential tasks for life and living. Many people are working from home. We have to practice "social distancing." Even news anchors are sitting so far apart at the anchor desk.  Social distancing means not being in the immediate presence of other people, in a gathering situation.

As a result, a lot of businesses have shut down until we are in the clear, and groceries and household essentials are limited or unavailable.  I went to the store today: no toilet paper, no bleach, no flour, limited fresh meats and household cleaners.

Right now, there's no dining in at restaurants. Carryout only.
Unemployment office bombarded with calls because of layoffs due to COVID-19 prevention.
No casinos (God talking loudly, no judgment...).
Can't go to the local park. No beaches. No bars.
No NFL. No NBA. 2020 Olympics officially postponed.
Hospitals (Michigan) running low on medical supplies.
Restricted travel to Canada.
Schools are closed.
Also: No church services. Yep.
And so much more going on.

Sadly, the number of confirmed cases and confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 are on the rise in Michigan.  Just learned today that the relative of an old church member passed away due to COVID-19.

Talking about the Bible In Living Color!

Well, I choose to look at all things from a broader perspective. There are many things on the horizon that is, and can be, a blessing to many of us: halt on student loan payments with interest being waived, funding for small businesses, boost in income tax refund, etc. Some credit card companies are increasing credit limits to give many cardholders wiggle room. (I personally don't use credit cards anymore, but many rely upon them for various reasons). Research is underway for a medicine to help combat the virus.

Instead of living in fear, with the "Oh God, Why?" mentality, look for the blessing in the pandemic. First of all, many people need to REST. We are constantly on the go, rushing to get here and there--even to church--and we neglect the opportunity to sit still in His presence, spend quality time with God in prayer, meditation, worship. I'm guilty of that myself!
Maybe now, with virtually everything being shut down, now we have the time to give God the time He deserves...

Can you hear me now...? (God speaking, not Verizon...)

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him...Psalm 37:7

In the midst of this shut down, now is the time to be refreshed in His presence.
Look at this as a "shut down to start up."
Start up that business idea. Start up that project you sat on the shelf months ago. You can start journaling what Holy Spirit gives you because you had no choice but to sit long enough to hear Him speak. Start up a ministry group or auxiliary at church (when we resume services at our local assemblies).
Start writing that book! (Need an editor?  No look further! #shamelessplug)
Start up a new social media account or website. Start up a new plan of action with losing weight, annihilating debt, household chore management, etc. Create a blog page or podcast.
With the shortage of household cleaners and bleach, research DIY recipes for all-natural, chemical free household all-purpose cleaners.

Now you have the time to focus on accomplishing your goals, so make the most of it.
Refuse to live in fear, stay prayed up and sanitized up! Shut down the distractions and start smashing goals!

My sister-in-love sent me this encouraging picture.  Trust God and abide in the secret place of the Most High!

I pray that you were inspired,

"The Oily Editor"

Scripture References: Psalm 37, Psalm 91

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dominate Your Devices

"Are you using your device? Or is your device using you?"
~Denzel Washington

Last week, I broke my fast with some inspirational videos. One of the videos opened with an interview with Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, talking about our phones. The quote above filed its own place in the filing cabinet of my mind.

Many people (including myself) have fell victim to this nagging need to keep our phones on us at all times. Even before we make a mad dash to the bathroom, some of us grab our cell phone (I'm guilty!), which brings me to this question:
Do I control my devices, or do my devices control me?

**DISCLAIMER**  THIS IS NOT AN ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA/SMARTPHONE RANT. This blog is my written testimonial of how I personally overcame social media/phone addiction, and to bring awareness.  Social media, when used responsibly and with good intentions, can be a wonderful tool!  The key is to use it RESPONSIBLY. 

About five years ago, my uncle and aunt wanted to have dinner with me and my mother before they got back on the highway to head home. They bought dinner and came by my mom's house.  We all gathered at the kitchen table to have dinner.  To be honest, that was the first time, in a long time, that I sat at the table with family to eat dinner.  Usually, each person would find a spot near the television and eat.  I found myself grabbing my phone before sitting down to break bread with my family.

My uncle, aunt and mother ate and talk, while I ate and scrolled. 
Suddenly, I had a check in my spirit: Put that phone down.

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**Not my photo**

"Am I boring to you?"

My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) asked me that question while we were riding in the car.  As he drove, I scrolled through Facebook.  I didn't realize that he noticed, much less bothered him.  That question struck a chord with me; it made me realize that the time dedicated to spending time together, I gave away to social media. 
The irony is this:  there was a time when I felt the same way my husband did.

A guy I dated years ago scrolled away and texted others while I sat next to him on the couch. He was physically there, but he was mentally (and spiritually) elsewhere. One other time during our conversation, he would occasionally look up at me from his phone to respond, then look back at this phone. While he listened to me talk (at least I guess he was listening), his eyes, for the most part, remained glued to his phone's screen.  And the very same way he treated me, was the way I treated my boyfriend (now husband) during that drive. The phone and all of its glorious apps had my undivided attention. That was a slap-in-the-face reality check. 

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**Not my photo**

I remember seeing a cartoon of two pictures, side by side, of a family sitting on the couch. 

One picture was from 1950s era I believe, where the family were sitting together, watching television or listening to the radio.  The other picture, however, pictured the family in today's era. They were all sitting together, but each person was on their phone or tablet, oblivious to one another. Even the family dog had a tablet, much to my amusement. It's a sad, yet accurate depiction of many people today.  I've noticed how there are many children under age four who can operate a cell phone before they are potty trained!  No judgment, just an observation.

I believe there is a hidden agenda to create an addiction to and dependency upon technology.  There is almost an app for everything--from creating a budget, to tracking your ovulation, to losing belly fat "fast!"  First, smartphones. Now we have "smart TVs." We have an invisible chain linking our wrists to our phones and we thirst for WiFi.  I gave my android another name: "Glorified Tether."

There is this "thing" that triggers our brain to think, "Oh, let me check Facebook; let me see who liked or commented on my post."   There are several scientific studies as to why many are so dependent upon social media and phones. One of contributing factors to social media addiction is called DOPAMINE. The following is an excerpt from this article.

"Physiology: Brain Chemistry Leaves Us Craving More “Likes”

Neuroscientists are studying the effects of social media on the brain and finding that positive interactions (such as someone liking your tweet) trigger the same kind of chemical reaction that is caused by gambling and recreational drugs.
According to an article by Harvard University researcher Trevor Haynes, when you get a social media notification, your brain sends a chemical messenger called dopamine along a reward pathway, which makes you feel good. Dopamine is associated with food, exercise, love, sex, gambling, drugs … and now, social media. Variable reward schedules up the ante; psychologist B.F. Skinner first described this in the 1930s. When rewards are delivered randomly (as with a slot machine or a positive interaction on social media), and checking for the reward is easy, the dopamine-triggering behavior becomes a habit."  For more information, click this link from an article posted by Harvard University.

Privacy and safety are things of the past. Many post their whereabouts with the "Check In" feature on Facebook, tagging their physical location. Every move, every post is tracked. When we download an app, in order to utilize the app, we must give the app "permission" to access our contacts, photos, microphone and more. The question is, why?

The scariest thing I've noticed, which was a major contributor to my decision to depart from the social media scene, is how an ad would pop up on my social media pages after having a discussion about the very thing being advertised! I recall talking to my husband on the phone about some granola bars we both enjoy. After getting off that phone call, I logged into Instagram. During my scroll, an Instagram ad, for that exact brand and flavor of granola bars, was in my feed!  I didn't even know that company even had a social media page and following! It was one of the freakiest, most intrusive moments I'd ever had. I felt some kind of way after seeing that. It happened again after a conversation about potato chips.  Same brand and flavor that was discussed, was an Instagram in that same time frame.  These are the moments where I miss the simpler times before Internet and androids. 

After my departure from social media, I felt this huge relief. Relief from taking, filtering and posting the perfect selfie that gained the wrong attention more often than not. Relief from the need to know what was going on with the 1,000+ "friends" I had. Relief from being bogged down from the negativity and schism that trafficked my pages. Relief from having my peace disturbed. 

As I reflect upon how life was prior to the year 2000, I realized that these things available to us now are simply modern conveniences; they haven't made life any more enjoyable. In fact, it crippled and decreased real life, person to person interaction and connection. It created more frustration because the self-esteem of many are now dependent upon a Like and the Love button. Social media is so prevalent to where some people believe things aren't valid until it's posted.  Here's an example: You're in a relationship? It ain't "real"
until you post about it and change your status from Single to In A Relationship/Engaged/Married. You're running a business? You "gotta" have a social media page.  Most of my clients were actually gained through real life connection and interaction; not an Inbox. 

God's original plan and purpose for mankind was to dominate the earth (Genesis 1:26, 28). We are supposed to have dominion; however, we've allowed things to have dominion over us. Take your rightful place and dominate your device. If you are having trouble being attached to your phone and/or social media, ask God to help you in that area. With the help of the Lord, you can break that addiction. He will help you for He is our present help!

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I hope and pray that you were inspired.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020


Have you ever seen something so powerful, yet so disturbing at the same time?

Well, I have.

A couple of days ago, I was cleaning out my email. I came across one email advertising the new movies that are either coming to theaters soon or are already playing.  In the email, there was a movie poster promoting a new movie entitled, The Grudge.  The image was truly disturbing.  As I tried to quickly click away from that email, I got a revelation about grudges.

In the movie poster, all you see is a wall and the back of a man's head.  It appears as if he's holding his head in frustration; but from within his hair, there are fingers in a grip position, as if a hand is growing out of his head and gripping the back of his head.  Really creepy photo and yet, it captures the true essence of a grudge. (You can Google it: "movie the grudge")

By definition, a grudge is "to dislike or feel angry toward someone for something; to be unwilling to give or admit." It's like that thing has arrested the mind and heart of that person--to not be willing to let go or forgive someone.  It's like the movie poster--a third hand with a vise grip on your mind.
That grip from the grudge stops the flow of love and forgiveness within you.  The grip from the grudge diminishes your peace.

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**Not my photo**

What does the Bible says about grudges?  Well, it says plenty.

Ephesians 4:31-32 MSG says, "Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you."

Quickly and thoroughly.  Forgive quickly so that the grudge of hurt, bitterness, anger, etc. will not take root. Roots are pretty tough to dig up.  If you pull a weed and neglect to pull it up by it's root, the weed will grow back.  Therefore, it must be uprooted.  We forgive thoroughly, meaning, don't forgive partially.  Don't forgive for one thing while holding on to another grudge against that person.  Forgive entirely just like God through Christ Jesus forgave us thoroughly.

Proverbs 19:11 TPT says, "A wise person demonstrates patience, for mercy means holding your tongue. When you are insulted, be quick to forgive and forget it, for you are virtuous when you overlook an offense."

I know some of you are like, "Forget?!  I can forgive, but I can't forget it!"  No judgment; I've said and thought that, too.  However, we serve an awesome God who can wash away those memories you've been harboring.  Serve an eviction notice on those negative thoughts and grudges.  Give those things and that person(s) who hurt you over to God.  All it takes is a made-up mind and a sincere desire to be free from all grudges and negativity.  Do you know that even your offering will not be accepted if you are holding a grudge or if you know someone who has a grudge against you? 
Read Matthew 5:23.  Forgiveness and letting go are pretty big deals with God.  After all, He forgave us and our filthy selves.

Some of you may be saying, "But you don't understand what they did to me!  How can I forgive them?"  One time, I heard Heather Lindsey say, "forgive by faith."  Make that your prayer and confession, and ask God to help you!  Here's another nugget:  pray for them.  Like, earnestly, pray for them.  Pray for their mind, their heart, their soul.  And of course, ask God to infiltrate your heart with His healing touch.  Don't pray for them to "get got."  Pray for God to have mercy upon them. 
Jesus is our greatest example to follow.  The very ones who ridiculed Him, spat upon Him, beat and mocked Him, while He was dying on the cross, He asked God to have mercy upon them.

Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them; they don't know what they're doing."
Dividing up his clothes, they threw dice for them.  The people stood there staring at Jesus, and the ringleaders made faces, taunting, "He saved others. Let's see him save himself. The Messiah of God--ha!  The Chosen--ha!"
(Luke 23:34-35 MSG)

They were taunting Jesus while He was dying on the cross. They were gambling on His clothes while talking smack.  Jesus didn't ask God to open the ground and swallow them up; He asked God for forgive them.  What display of grace and forgiveness!

Here is a sample prayer:

Father God, in the mighty name of Jesus,
Thank you for another day of grace and mercy.  Father, I come to you with a heavy, broken heart. 
I know your Word tells us to forgive, and I ask for your help.  Help me to forgive ____________.  Lord, I thank you for helping me to forgive, and by faith, I have forgiven them.  Lord,  you instructed us to love our enemies, so Father, help me to love ___________.  Just like you looked beyond my faults, help me to do the same.  I thank you for healing my heart, my mind and soul.  My mind is renewed in the things of Christ.  I am no longer bound by grudges.  Thank you Lord, for setting me free from grudges and negativity.  This I ask in Jesus' name, amen.

Here are some additional Scriptures on grudges to read in your spare time:
Proverbs 10:12
Proverbs 15:1
Matthew 5:23
Philippians 4:2 MSG

Do not forsake your peace; pray, forgive and let it go.

In His Love,


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