Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday afternoon prayer....

Good afternoon!  Here is your inspiration for today!

I am a true fan, cheerleader and advocate for the marital covenant.  I thank God for my leaders, the late Apostle E.K. & Elder Elnora Wilson, who instilled in us, through their many teachings, the significance of the marital covenant.  Marriage represents Christ and the church.  Husbands and wives are supposed to love each other as Christ loves the church.


I read and share a lot of posts on Facebook and Twitter concerning sexual purity and marriage.  I am a 31-year-old innocent woman, and the only one that's single among my siblings.  By the time my siblings reached my age, they were already married with at least one child.  So, of course, I have wondered-"OKAY LORD! Ummmm...what about me?  I've heard the prophecies over the years, I do believe....but is it really meant for me to be married?  Should I abide like Apostle Paul?  What am I doing wrong?"

It could be a myriad of reasons as to why I'm not married yet; however, my only concern right now should be focusing on the Father and fulfilling the call He placed on my life.  There is a saying that goes something like, "I should be so lost (absorbed) in Christ, that my husband would have to seek God in order to find me."  As I work, wait and focus on God, my prayer (and yours, too-to those in my current position) should be that God prepares me entirely for my mate. Proverbs 12:4 says, "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones."  My desire is to add joy and true significance (naturally & spiritually) to my husband's life, to be a true 100+% help meet.  I don't want to make him ashamed at all!  I desire to help bring his vision to pass.  Therefore, this is my humble prayer:



Father God, in the mighty name of Jesus, first of all-THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY.  I thank You for establishing the beautiful covenant of marriage.  I thank You in advance for my wonderful, God-fearing husband.  Father God, I humbly ask that You prepare me naturally, spiritually, mentally, physically for marriage.  I want to enter the marital covenant fully prepared.  Prepare me, mold me, shape me; take out everything within me that would do damage to my marriage.  I pray for my husband right now, that You will order His steps, and that He will fulfill the call You placed on his life, in Jesus' name.  Allow us to recognize each other in the spirit, allow us to connect spiritually and naturally.  Once we meet/connect, safeguard us both from natural and spiritual harm.  Let us not yield into temptation, in Jesus' name. Help us to continually live a life before You that's pleasing in Your sight, and will inspire and encourage others to follow suit while courting.  Help us to keep Christ, holiness & sanctification in the center of our courtship.  
Father God, I thank You in advance, in Jesus' name I pray.  Amen.

~Shairon

Scripture references: 
Proverbs 12:4, 31; Ephesians 5:20-31, Titus 2:3-5

Friday, December 6, 2013

Truly DELIGHTING in Him

Good afternoon, here is your inspiration for today!

I know many of us have heard Psalm 37:4 many times over; so much so, we can quote it flawlessly!

"Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." 
~Psalm 37:4

To my SSW's-Saved, Single & Waiting Sisters- I am 99.999% sure that many of you have heard THAT Scripture when it came to petitioning God concerning our "Boazes."  However, let's look deeper into what the psalmist is actually saying in this Scripture.


According to Encarta Dictionary, to delight is to relish, to take joy in, take pleasure in, appreciate, even bask in.  When you delight in a thing, you are focused and absorbed in that thing.  Great example:  the hit prime time series, SCANDAL.  Many people take delight in that show.  They are literally engrossed in every detail of that show; in fact, some get excited when 9:00 p.m. hits with the knowing that it's only an hour to go before SCANDAL airs.  THAT is how God wants us to delight in HIM.  

He wants us to literally delight ourselves in spending time with Him in prayer, in meditating upon His precepts, reading His Word, serving Him with our whole heart.  Not only does He wants us to be engrossed in Him, but He wants us to ENJOY HIM.  There is a difference:  some people can be engrossed in a thing because of the benefit it brings (ex. addicted to getting a job done for upward mobility, although it's possible that you're not too crazy about the job itself).  God wants us to relish and enjoy HIM.  There's an automatic benefit package that comes with delighting yourself in HIM.  He gives us peace, joy, comfort, among other things.  Our faith elevates as we delight in HIM, because in getting to know the Father on a deeper level, a blessed assurance in knowing who HE IS is further solidified and fortified.

He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 
Some believe that whatever we (personally) desire, God will give it to us.  I beg to differ.

QUESTION:  what if our desires (and admit it, most of them are fleshly desires) doesn't line up with the will of God?  What (I BELIEVE) the psalmist is saying in this Scripture is that as we continually delight ourselves in HIM, God will LITERALLY give us DESIRES.  In other words,  God will give us NEW DESIRES.  God will literally put in us desires that line up with His will.   One thing about seeking God is that as we seek and delight in Him, our focus, thought process, and HEART (heart's desire) will TRANSFORM into desires that's well-pleasing to the Father.  Sure, we can ask God for anything we want; nevertheless, it is important to add this clause, as Jesus did:  Not my will, but thy will be done.

In conclusion, as we focus more on GOD instead of our own wants and agenda, our focus and desire will become perfectly lined up with that of the Master's.  Let God put some desires in your heart.  Allow God to mold you, talk to you, hold you in His loving arms as you delight in the One who wants to DELIGHT IN YOU.


Be encouraged, be inspired.

Shairon L. Taylor

Scripture references:  Psalm 27:4, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 51, Psalm 63, Romans 8, Romans 12:1-2.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

THE PRESENCE OF GOD!

Good morning Fam!  Here is your inspiration for today!

I read the following devotional, and it truly blessed me.  It made me realize the importance of being in the presence of God-to hunger and thirst for His presence.

What is PRESENCE?  Encarta defines presence as existence in place; the physical existence or detectability of something in a place at a particular time.

Oftentimes, you can't fully/adequately describe His presence.  There is a certainty of His presence that's indescribable. In His presence, there is joy unspeakable.  In His presence, there is a calming, soothing peace. In His presence, there is a blessed assurance knowing that He KNOWS, and that He is there. He knows our beginning from our end.  He, in fact, is all-knowing.  Have you ever opened the Bible, read a few passages and all of a sudden, there are sweet tears of joy? A smile unexpectedly stretches across your face. You feel a stillness that's sweetly resonant within your being.  You are caught up in a place in that space and time where it's just you and the LORD.  Everything going on around you in that moment is in the past.
Everything that plagued your mind just moments prior has evaporated.  That right there, is experiencing His presence.  It's comforting. Why?  Because in His presence, there are NO worries.  I would dare say that in His presence, it is IMPOSSIBLE to worry!  We are in the presence and in the arms of a loving God who says, I will never leave you, or forsake you. 

I pray that you enjoy this devotional and remember to invite the presence of God to follow you, all the days of your lives. Click on the link below.  "You're the King, and you're invited to come in...."  ~Donald Lawrencehttp://links.intouchministries.mkt4193.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NzI5OTU0OAS2&r=NTY1NTAwMjYyMzcS1&j=OTU5MzA4NTgS1&mt=1&rt=0

Scripture references:  Exodus 33:14; Psalm 16:11, 140:13


~Shairon Taylor, Desire to INSPIRE

Friday, November 1, 2013

UNITED IN PRAYER

Good morning, here's your inspiration for today!!

The power of a PRAYING couple (courting - engaged - married) is magnificent!  Many yokes can be destroyed by one's prayer alone.  Just imagine how much "DAMAGE" a COUPLE can do in the spirit, eradicating the acts and territory of the enemy! WOW!
I was inspired to share this post on Facebook a while back, and I am sharing on this blog.  One thing I desire for my future husband is for him to be a man of intercessory prayer-one who knows how to battle in the spirit, standing in the gap for God's people.
To my SSWs-Saved, Single & Waiting Sisters:  I encourage you to pray for your future husband in advance, and pray that he be a mighty man of prayer, in Jesus' name!

"Encouragement for married couples/soon-to-be married couples:
A praying man and a travailing woman who flows together in the Spirit can eradicate every demonic force that TRIES to invade your territory. Continue to yoke together in intercessory prayer; not only will it build up your most holy faith, but it bonds you two closer even the more. Am I married or engaged? NOPE. Just preparing myself.

#FAITH #Preparation #PrayWithoutCeasing #NothingLikeAManofPRAYER"

Be blessed, be INSPIRED!''


~Shairon

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Work in Progress...?

Goodnightmorning MMCC Fam!

While perusing through old Facebook posts, I came across a post I made around February 2013 concerning the phrase, "a work in progress."  Check it out.

Interesting thought I just had: To be a WORK IN PROGRESS is making a conscious effort to do better in every area of your life naturally and spiritually, and NOT to be used as an excuse to justify your wrongdoing/sins. That's just as overrated as "God knows my heart..." 
#ThatIsAll #Goodnightmorning #Philippians4:13



God is holy.  He instructed us to be holy, for He is holy.  When the Scripture says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me," all means exactly that: ALL.  Therefore, that means that through Christ, we can also live a life without sin.  Do we fall short at times?  Yes.  We are human, but please do not use that as a "crutch" to justify or uphold your sins.  Instead of relying upon the overrated "God knows my heart," ask God to transform and renew your heart (mindset) to live a life like CHRIST!  We have a world full of lost souls looking at us; what do they see?  Most importantly, when God looks at us, what does He see?  Does He see His image, or something in total contrast?  
Saints, let US (you and I) do better.  Through Christ, we can do better.  Get off the milk (infancy mindset), and eat some meat (mature mindset).

~Shairon L. Taylor, MMCC Blogger

Scripture references:  Romans 6, 1 Corinthians 13:11, 2 Peter 3:18 

Monday, October 21, 2013

A word for my SSWS!! (Saved, Single & Waiting Sisters)

First of all, PRAISE THE LORD!!

God blessed me to find this Word I posted in a Facebook group back in the spring of the year.  I thought this would be a great for a blog, to encourage, uplift and of course, INSPIRE!


From a post made in the Proverbs 31 Woman  Facebook group:


"I had an interesting illuminating revelation!

RUTH is a book in the Old Testament that is all too familiar, especially to the Single, Saved and Waiting District of women. 
It's more to it than just BOAZ (although he is definitely a key component, Hallelujah!) *clears throat* Anyway, it's a whole lot more! Little did Ruth know at that time, that her PURPOSE was larger than life! She birthed Obed, the grandfather of King David. We know that JESUS CHRIST is in this lineage!! THEREFORE: there is nothing wrong with waiting for, and in fact-praying for your husband in advance, planning your wedding by faith and all of that; BUT let's focus more on what is our OVERALL PURPOSE in life-naturally and spiritually (oftentimes the two overlap/mesh). 
In order to do that, we must SEEK GOD'S FACE and obey His Word...blessings come through obedience and humility.

And this is coming from a single, saved and waiting Daughter!" 


My SSWS:  be not discouraged or weary during the wait. As we wait on the Lord to be found by our soon coming husbands, model your prayers after this fashion:

Father God, in the mighty name of Jesus, I thank You for life, health and strength.  I thank You for all of Your wonderful blessings.  I thank You for all that You have done, for all that You are doing now in the spirit and natural, and for all that You are going to do.  Help me to fully trust Your will for my life.  Father God, in this season of singleness, I ask You to mold, shape and equip me to be the woman and wife You want me to be!  Everything that is in me that will hinder my walk and upcoming marriage, I humbly ask You to purge me-take it out of me!  I lay every weight that easily besets me on the altar!  Equip me to be the wife my husband desires and needs.  Let me make the Godly best of my season of singleness, for Your glory and honor, in Jesus' name, AMEN!

From one saved, single and waiting sister to another, I love you.  Be encouraged!

~Shairon Taylor, a SSWS

Scripture references:  Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 27:14, Proverbs 31

Dealing with TRANSITION

Goodnight-morning MMCC Fam,

It has been a few months since my last blog, for which I do sincerely apologize.  I am so filled, I will not be surprised if this turns out to be a lengthy blog; however, I pray that this blog ministers, inspires and encourages you.


I am back in a "regroup/refocus" mode.  The last few months have been...interesting.

Transition seems to be the central key theme of my life in this season.  I am experiencing transitions on so many levels, it literally bogs me down. My brain was on overload last night (technically early this morning).  It was around 4:00 a.m. when I finally decided to make an ATTEMPT to get some sleep. Let's talk about the word, TRANSITION.

First of all, what is TRANSITION?  Merriam-Webster defines transition as a: passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another; change; b: a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage or style to another.  It also means an abrupt change in energy state or level.  It also has musical references, and is used in musical compositions.  The overall purpose of a transition is to embrace progression.  That alone can be uncomfortable or scary, because stepping out of the comfort zone comes along with transition.  We should not remain stagnate.  Our objective should be growing and moving forward.


In this month alone, I've experienced transitions on the job, in my personal life and in my church.  I can honestly say I'm experiencing a mental transition in a multitude of ways.  I'm transitioning my thoughts toward something greater-naturally and spiritually.  My mindset has transitioned to face and accept the facts in certain matters.  To add clarity, one particular matter is an "if it walks like a DUCK, looks like a DUCK, and quacks like a DUCK-then IT'S A DUCK" type of situation.  No matter how much you wish and hope, and even try to convince yourself that it's something else, if you want some peace of mind, you'll have to accept the facts.  It's a DUCK.


Things happen for various reasons.  Depending upon what the circumstance may be, it may a divine wake-up call from the good Lord above; for example: a breakdown in relationships/friendships.  It could be something so unexpected and bizarre that results in the severing of the relationship.  You sit there, wondering, "Okay, w
hat in the world just happened, and WHY?"  Sometimes, it may be God getting them out of the way.   First of all, we must realize that all friendships/relationships are NOT lifelong; they could be seasonal. Seasonal friends have served their purpose in their assigned season, now it's time to move on.  Secondly, when God is taking you to another place in Him, to another phase of life, another phase of success-EVERYONE CAN NOT COME ALONG.  Everyone can not participate in the things God has for you.  Even Abraham was told to get up, leave his hometown, leave his family, leave his father's house and go to place that God will show him (Genesis 12).  Now matter how much you love them, they have no place in your new season.

Proverbs 3:5-6 is a one of many foundation Scriptures upon which to base our lives.   The writer tells us to "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."  Our understanding often differs from God's thoughts on the matter.  In fact, the Scripture tells us "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)  God's ways and way of thinking are TOTALLY DIFFERENT from ours!  He sees our beginning, and He knows our end.  Therefore, when TRANSITION happens, God already knows what's up!  He will never leave or forsake us.  Just stay the course, and allow God to lead and guide you.  Although you may be hurt, confused, wondering what's going on-God knows.  Take comfort in knowing that our all-knowing God understands us better than we understand ourselves.  Ask Him to help you embrace this transition, to focus on the positives instead of the negatives.  Just know that eventually, you'll see the bigger picture, and then realize WHY things happened, WHEN they did.  


TRUST GOD, EMBRACE CHANGE.


~SLT


Scripture references:  Proverbs, 3:5-6; Isaiah 55:8-9; Jeremiah 29:11