Friday, September 5, 2014

The Truth Behind KNOWING The Truth

Good morning/afternoon/evening to you all!  I pray that you'll be blessed and inspired by this blog post!

There is a popular saying that goes, "Curiosity killed the cat."  However, it wasn't until I reached adulthood that I learned the latter part to that cliche:

Curiosity killed the cat; but satisfaction brought him back.

I thought about the merit and validity behind that statement.  Sometimes, finding out the truth (considering the circumstances of which) can be absolutely horrifying!  Learning the truth of the matter can hurt.  Even when you take the initiative to play detective in finding out what's what, once you find out the truth, the chances of devastation are still quite high.  Depending upon the circumstance or nature of that particular truth, it can kill your joy, your peace, your motivation, etc. In fact, there's an old movie quote from Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men that was heavily quoted: "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

Ironically, some can't handle the truth.  Learning the truth could be so traumatic that, unless God intervenes, it'll cripple a person.  The following are some examples of devastating truths:

Finding out that your spouse/significant other is cheating.
Finding out that you were adopted.
Finding out that another relative is actually your birth parent.
Finding out that "your child" is NOT yours.
Finding our that your spouse/significant other never loved you.

I am reminded of an independent film entitled COVER.  It's a suspense/drama film about a woman on trial for the murder of a well-known singer.  The film opens up with the D.A. informing the press about the possible charges against her as she is escorted into the interrogation room.  She persuades the detective to allow her to tell her side of the story, which reveals her uncanny connection to the slain singer.  During the course of her story, she revealed how she learned some unfortunate things about her marriage.  It almost crippled her, especially in her walk with God - Curiosity killed the cat. She almost turned her back on God, but thankfully her pastor's wife was able to encourage her to take it as a life lesson learned.  With her suspicions proven true (with bizarre twists and turns), although it hurt her to the core, she pulled herself together, gained a peace by knowing and accepting the truth, and moved on with her life - satisfaction brought her back.  "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Finding out the truth wasn't easy, but it made a way for her to put the past behind her and move on with her life.  

                                                                        (movie still from COVER)

There are some who would rather carry on as usual out of fear of knowing the truth.  That is NOT ideal. Why live a possible lie, knowing that there's a burning curiosity on the inside to find out the truth? Your peace has been traded in for worry and a forced, falsified happiness that "all is well."  However, you won't experience TRUE peace until you find out the truth.  If you are in this situation, pray and ask God to lead and guide you.  Always remember:  "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." Proverbs 3:5-6
He may allow you to stumble across something that will confirm your suspicions as true.  Ask God to prepare your heart and mind to receive the TRUTH.  It may hurt, but the peace that'll eventually follow is worth it.  There's nothing like knowing that you know that you KNOW!
"Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, OLord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me." Psalm 40:11  

With every negative, there is a positive.  Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  When Apostle Paul said "all things," all means all - the good, bad, ugly, unfortunate, terrible, etc.  Even if the situation you're in is a terrible one-a situation so horrific that you wouldn't wish it upon your worst enemy-it's only a matter of time before the glory is revealed.  You will gain an understanding as to why that thing happened. You'll eventually see the bigger picture.  Oftentimes, the things we go through isn't for ourselves, but for someone else!  Let's stop being selfish-it's NOT ABOUT US, ALL OF THE TIME!  How can we render a testimony unless we've been TESTED?!  Someone may be delivered through hearing your testimony.
There is a big purpose in our pain; it often gives birth to a great blessing.  In this case, the blessing is in knowing the truth for yourself and being able, with the help of God, to move past the pain, the hurt, the frustration!  That's how you overcome!   To overcome is the "succeed in dealing with a difficulty."  You learn the truth and through the loving power of God, He'll help you deal with it!  Guess what?  He WANTS to help and guide you!  He'll never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Learning the truth of the matter can be painful; it might open a "Pandora's box," BUT with God on your side, He'll guide you through it all.  Beloved, think it not strange...1 Peter 4:12-13.

If you have a matter you're uncertain about and have a desire to know the truth once and for all, PRAY and ask God to lead you.  Ask God to reveal it to you.  Ask God to prepare your heart and mind to receive the truth.  Sometimes, God will set it up to where you really don't have to do much; it'll just be presented before you.  Just be ready to receive it.  


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Feelings Are NOT Mutual...

Good morning/afternoon/evening to you all!  I pray this blog post encourages and inspires you!

Sometime ago, I had a very interesting thought.  In fact, it was so interesting, I literally stopped what I was doing at that particular moment.  I knew without a doubt that God was downloading another subject for me to blog on.  This subject was (and is) so heavy, not only did it convict ME, but it took a couple of months for me to publish this.

What came to mind actually was a simple, yet thought-provoking two-part question:
Part one: How does it truly feel when feelings aren't mutual?
Part two: How does God feel when He is not loved in return?

PART ONE:  Have you ever thought about it, or experienced that?  To be dreadfully honest, it is an awful feeling.  It is not a good feeling to thoroughly, deeply love someone and they hardly ever or never acknowledge your existence.

Ladies! In the famous words of Mrs. Sophia Petrillo (The Golden Girls), "PICTURE IT!"
You really like this one particular guy. You constantly wonder how he's doing and attempt to find out by sending him a lovely text (which he ignores or responds with extreme detachment).  Your feelings surpass infatuation and physical attraction. You may ask yourself, "Could I be in love?"  With each passing day, your feelings grow into a thriving garden of admiration and adoration.   He practically embodies all of those cute qualities you're looking for in a mate.  He's borderline PERFECT!  In the lovely world of social media, you see a notification from him on your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and your heart does flips!  You practically melt at his smile.  He resides in the hidden reservoirs of your heart, mind and soul.  He stays on your mind so tough to the point you lose focus on things you're SUPPOSED to be doing.  Imagine feeling like that, and it's not reciprocated.  AT ALL.

PART TWO:  Now, lets flip the roles.  GOD is you (the one overly in love), and YOU are the guy of interest.  Imagine how God would feel in the above situation.

Can you imagine how God feels when we ONLY run to Him with "I need...I want...Can I? May I? Please God, gimmie-gimmie-gimmie," instead of "Lord, I love You, I adore You, I worship You, I'll serve you for the rest of my days..."  Imagine how God feels when the ONLY time we run to Him is when we are in trouble. Imagine how God feels when we ignore Him when our days are "peachy," and then blame Him when He's not marching to the beat of our drum.  Imagine how God feels when we don't trust Him.  Personally, I would feel terrible if the person I truly love didn't trust me. Imagine how He feels when He wants some one-on-one time with us; instead, we push Him away by engaging in activities of no significance.  He wakes you up around 3:00 a.m. so He can commune with you; instead, you post on Facebook/Twitter about not being able to sleep (GUILTY of that one!)

God loves us with an everlasting love, so much so that He gave His only Son that us filthy wretches can live.  Here's a question to parents: can you imagine sacrificing your only child for a wicked world like THIS?! Allow that question to marinate for a moment, then proceed to the next paragraph.

 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

God loves us so much and draws us daily in various ways. It first begins with His morning touch.  He wakes us up-not the alarm clock, not the television or screaming baby-but God.  That alone indicates that we have another opportunity to serve God, and fulfill His perfect will for our lives.  It's a display of His amazing grace.  It gives us another opportunity to start over and do things right and placing them in proper perspective.

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.  Psalm 115:12
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:4

Imagine how God feels when we don't pay Him ANY kind of attention through prayer, scripture reading/meditation...yet He is still mindful of us.  We only run to Him when we need something, and oftentimes, it'll be something we don't need.  Just imagine how you feel when a person comes to you ONLY when they want something.  Imagine being married to a person who ONLY comes to you when they need/want something.  Although I am not a gambling person, I would bet that you'll feel drained and used, like you're only good for supplying a want/need, and nothing more.

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

You were chosen and ordained by God for such a time as this to fulfill His perfect will for your life.  He didn't have to do it, but He did.  God loves us and has an awesome plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).  Let us apply what I like to call, the "Matthew 6:33 Factor":  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Let us be intentional with our time with God. How about this:  Let's MAKE TIME for God. Let us set aside uninterrupted time and go boldly before the throne of grace with a pure motive and humility.  Cast down your sundry list of  Gimmie This and That and pursue the One who loves you, the One who knows the number of hairs on your head, the One who bottles up your tears, the One who will never leave or forsake you.  Love on Him; worship Him in the beauty of holiness.  Steal away some quiet time with One who desires to commune with you daily and not just on Sunday.  He's worthy of this, that AND some.  Just like how married couples intentionally block out a day(s) or time period for uninterrupted quality time in an attempt to keep their marriage hot and fresh, treat your relationship with God the Father, through His Son, likewise.

Repent for your selfish motives and thoughts, and learn how to be intentional with Jesus.  Start fresh; NOW is the acceptable time to rejuvenate and refresh your relationship with Jesus.

The Writer's Prayer:  Father God, in the mighty name of Jesus, I thank You.  Thank You for allowing me to pen what You placed on my heart to share.  I do realize that this message is to the writer (ME) first, then to the reader.  I repent for not being intentional in my devotion.  I repent for coming to You with selfish, vain prayers.  Help me to love You and love on You to the point our feelings will become mutual and perfectly aligned.  I love You, Lord.  I am so grateful for Your unfailing love and amazing grace.  You didn't have to save a wretch like me, but because You love me, You did.  Thank You for forgiving me.  Thank You for a refreshing in our relationship.  To You, I surrender my Jesus' name, I pray.  Amen.



Friday, May 16, 2014

WHOA! I Didn't See THAT Coming!

Good morning/afternoon/evening family and friends!  Here is your inspiration for today!

In the famous words of Ms. Sophia Petrillo from the 1980's hit sitcom, The Golden Girls, "PICTURE IT, SICILY, 1912...."

In our case, "PICTURE IT! Whatever city you reside in, 2014."  Life is going good.  The sun seems to shine everyday, even on the cloudiest of days.  You have absolutely no complaints.  You are in a wonderful state of contentment.  Seems like this is definitely YOUR season. Grace and favor constantly knock at your door.  God is answering your petitions left and right.  Life, health and strength are "A-OK."  Your relationship-NEVER BETTER!  Each day seems to be sweeter than the day before.

Then, all of a sudden-BAM!  Life takes a drastic turn for what may "seems" to be the worst!

You go to the doctor (your usual check up) only to receive bad news and plenty of prescriptions for costly medications-most of which are not covered or partially covered by your health insurance.  The health of your loved one/close friend dramatically fails, resulting in their premature demise. You walk into your place of employment only to find out that you are no longer an employee, or, you have "x" amount of days left there.  You arrive home only to see your house burglarized, vandalized or consumed due to arson...and the homeowners insurance just lapsed.  Your address becomes a treading ground for shut-off notices.  Your child dies or is a victim of a heinous act.  Your loved one is falsely accused of a crime.  Your spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend calls it quits without provocation.  The chain of unfortunate events seems to be unending and mind-boggling.

These are just a few examples of the things many, if not all of us, have experienced, are experiencing or WILL experience.  Guess what?!  It's called LIVING LIFE.  Simple.  Most of these things catch us off guard to the point we're like, "WHOA!  I didn't see THAT one coming!"  However, that's the awesome thing about being rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus. Our FAITH in JESUS should be so heavily fortified that when life strikes us with a devastating blow, we won't crumble or be destroyed because our sure foundation is in Him.  When God said He will never leave us or forsake us, He meant that! (Hebrews 13:5)

Also, sometimes God will allow things to happen for the sake of an opportunity for Him to SHOW UP AND SHOW OUT on your behalf.  You thought you "trusted God," but He really, really, really wants to show you that you can "SHO NUFF" trust Him.

He never said that everyday will be like "living on Easy Street and Got-It-Made Boulevard."  We shall experience hardships, downfalls, disappointments, etc.  The key is knowing how to trust and believe God in the midst of your troublesome circumstances. Trust and praise God when you snatch that eviction notice off your front door.  Trust and praise God when that spouse/child begins to act out.  Trust and praise God when you feel like you are at the point of losing your natural mind.

Read the following Scripture. I believe this will encourage and minister to you:
"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;" ~1 Peter 4:1~ (emphasis added)

There is a difference between suffering and Christian suffering.  Oftentimes (not ALL of the time though), suffering is self-inflicted.  It becomes a result of things done, thus making it a consequence. It could have been prevented.  However, Christian suffering is living all you know how to live according to His Word and PURE HELL breaks out. Be not weary and count it ALL JOY!!!  The enemy is watching you live godly, and he is going to attempt to do any and everything to knock you off your square!  Your suffering denotes that you are truly dead to sin!  Rejoice!!  "for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;"

Further down in the same chapter, verses 12 and 13 say:  

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." 
~1 Peter 4:12-13~

Thank God for the tests and trials!  Don't think it strange when random foolishness happens! Understand this: the enemy is only doing his job.  Our job(s) is to GET ON OUR JOBS, STAY ON OUR JOBS, PRAY AND PRAISE OUR WAY THROUGH IT AND OUT OF IT!!  Will you pass the test?  You sure can, with God on your side.  He is there to guide you along the way, just stay the course. (Psalm 119:105)

During the course of life, unexpected obstacles will arise.  We will have our "WHOA!" moments, of course. It is inevitable.  Instead of having a toddler-like temper tantrum (which will NOT solve the problem, but create more problems, i.e. hypertension), say a prayer and ask God to help you.  When you entreat the Father, trust Him along with the way.  Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. ~Psalm 37:3~

Although you didn't see it coming, the omniscient One, who sees our beginning and stands at the end, saw it long before you did.  Go through the PROCESS to PROGRESS.

I pray you were encouraged and inspired,



Prayer from #TheWriter

Good afternoon,

On Monday morning (5/12/14), the LORD dropped a Word in my spirit so heavy, I just laughed and praised God. Have you ever experienced that?  Have God ever dropped a Word in your spirit that was SO TIMELY? It's so amazing, and it just makes my heart swell with joy.  It reiterates His unending, unfailing love for me. I pray that many be blessed and inspired by this forthcoming rendering.  No glory belongs to me, for my #DesireToINSPIRE is for God's glory alone.

"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."  Proverbs 3:5-6  (emphasis added)

Therefore, this is #TheWriter's Prayer:

Father God, in the mighty name of Jesus, first of all:  THANK YOU.  Lord, I thank You for life, health, strength, love, salvation and so much more.  I can't praise Your holy name enough.  I thank You for the gifts You instilled in me.  In gratitude, I render my gifts for Your glory.  Thank You for the desire to inspire Your people through the gift of writing.  If I can bless at least one soul for Your glory, I'll be satisfied.  Heavenly Father, I pray that You guide my hands as I compose each and every blog post You inspire me to render.  Father, allow this Word to minister unto the reader's spirit.  Let this be a seed planted in the fertile grounds of the readers' hearts.  Let it be an inspiring and encouraging Word.  Lead and guide me.  Allow this Word to speak to their spirit, to confirm For Your Glory and in Your Son's name I pray, Amen.

Be encouraged, be inspired...

#TheWriter  #TheMinstrel

~Proverbs 3:5-6~ 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Great Shaking and Awakening!

Good afternoon!  Here is your inspiration for today!

As I sit here indulging in my daily dose of Candy Crush Saga [LOL, judge not! ;-) ], I'm listening to "Shake Us Again" by Juanita Bynum.  Now, I've listened to this song countless times, especially in my times of devotion; however, the lyrics JUST NOW slapped me in my face!  The chorus is saying "shake us again, shake us again, only You can shake us again."  Now, let's be real: I would imagine that any sane person would ask, "why on EARTH would we tell/ask God to shake us?  What is the purpose of doing that?  Wouldn't that hurt or make us sick?"

As my former pastor, the late Apostle E.K. Wilson, Sr. taught us, "first natural, then spiritual."  Let us look at the word, "shake."  According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, shake is a verb that has several definitions.  One of the definitions state"to move sometimes violently back and forth or up and down with short, quick movements."  In its intransitive verb form, it is defined as "to experience a state of instability." (that will preach!) I am also reminded of another popular gospel song by Evangelist Jekalyn Carr entitled "Greater is Coming."  In this song, Evangelist Carr explains the process of making olive oil (a product that's very significant to the Church/Body of Christ).  The evangelist explains that "an olive has to go through three stages for its oil to run; it has to go through the SHAKING, the beating and the pressing; and just like the olive, some of you may have felt like you go through the shaking, the beating and the pressing. You've went through all of that for your oil to flow.  Now, your greater is coming..." 

In order to get God's very best out of us, He may have to shake us up to bring out His best.
Think about orange juice.  You go to the refrigerator and grab the container.  It looks so good and refreshing to the eye; you almost can't wait to pour it into the glass, embrace the taste and be refreshed.  If you are a label reader like me, you may notice these words that's commonly found on any brand of juice: SHAKE WELL.  As a child, I used to wonder why we have to shake it up before drinking it up.  To my child-like mind, I just want some juice! Taking the time to "shake it well" is slowing up the process of quenching my thirst!  
 Have you ever tasted juice without shaking it up first?  It tastes bitter, lacking much flavor.  The reason why we shake up the juice is because all of the goodness that makes the flavor full and delicious is settled at the bottom.  Why is it settled at the bottom?  Because it's been just SITTING THERE.  STILL. DORMANT. UNUSED.  

QUESTION:  Are you doing what you're supposed to do for the Lord?  Are you just sitting still and sitting down on all of those "good, delicious, fruitful" gifts dwelling on the inside of you?  Do you have some bitterness or unsettling feelings you can't shake?  The reason may be due to disobedience.  He wants us to be obedient to the call He has on our lives.  Sometimes, God got to shake you up to get that "oil" (gifts, productivity, spiritual significance to the Body) flowing so OTHERS may be blessed and "refreshed" for His glory, through YOU! We should desire to be vessels that are fit for the Master's use!

Here's another aspect of the significance of SHAKING:  God desires to bless His people, however He wants us to not only be HUMBLE and content with what we have, but He wants us to APPRECIATE the things He blesses us with.  He doesn't want us to use tangible things as a source of DEPENDENCY.  If God sees us going in the direction of depending upon THINGS, or thinking that we "got it going on" because we have nice things (i.e., steady job and income, luxury, etc.), He may allow us"to experience a state of instability" to awaken the realization/reminder that Jesus is our sure foundation!  He's our ROCK!  In Philippians 4:19, Apostle Paul says "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (emphasis added) Saints, All blessings come from HIM!  You may THINK it was YOU who made it possible;but truly, it was all GOD.  Give Him the credit that's due to HIM. 

I'm going to be transparent right now:  I remember when I was working for the County of Wayne.  I admit: I thought I had it going on!  I was surrounded by people with "titles," working in a department where "climbing the economic ladder" through promotion was HIGHLY POSSIBLE!    "I was working for the GOVERNMENT-HELLO! *snap!*snap!*snap!*" (laughing out loud) My income met my every need, plus some. Although I tithed consistently, gave offerings faithfully, remained faithful to church and the music ministry... that old, ugly and abominable PRIDE crept in.  God had to knock me off my high horse. Therefore, the County laid me off due to "budget cuts."  The time period between May 2009 and January 2011 was a dry season, but a blessed one.  I was unemployed for almost two years, but Jesus proved Himself strong as my ROCK during that humbling season.  He gave me over to intercessory prayer. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I was hitting my knees with the other prayer warriors at church.  He blessed me to finish my undergraduate studies at Wayne State University. It was also in that season, God dealt with me concerning the call on my life. When I humbled myself, acknowledged and accepted the call, DOORS OPENED!  Jobs that I DIDN'T apply for and jobs I FORGOT I applied to called me for interviews!  I accepted the job that was OFFERED to me at my current place of employment, AM1440 WDRJ.  In fact, I celebrated my third year anniversary at WDRJ yesterday (2/14/14).  
(shameless plug: reminded me of what my NOW pastor, Pastor Mary Bragg, said to me years ago: "Shairon, your blessings come through your OBEDIENCE."  Note:  I was running from the call for years-I just didn't see myself as a preacher!  Well, Isaiah 55:8-9 did say that His thoughts are not our thoughts, right?  When I humbled myself and obeyed God, it was almost like He said "Okay, Daughter!!  Here you go!!" Blessings, blessings, blessings!!

I said all of that to say this: That is GRACE, y'all!  While I was running from the call, God could have got fed up with my hard-headed self and cut me off-BUT GOD.  As Israel Houghton said in song, "where would I be, if not for YOUR GRACE...."

The shaking (form of discipline) is not a harsh act; it is GRACE unleashed.  Deuteronomy 8:5 says, "Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee." Hence, thank God for the shaking/whooping He lays on us.  It hurts, but it is for OUR GOOD.  Remember how your mother would say (after laying it TOUGH on your behind), "I did this because I love you?" In our young minds, we thought "SAY WHAT?!"  Now that I'm a little older and a little wiser, I understand now.

Always remember to keep God first and that just as quickly as we obtain things, we can lose them.  Remember that GOD is our SOURCE. Finally, allow God to shake you up to awaken the GIFTS in YOU!  Know that even through the shaking, the beating and the pressing, it is GOD'S merciful hand upon you.  You never know, some one's deliverance may come through YOU!

For HIS glory, I pray you were inspired,


Scripture references: Genesis 22:14; Psalm 23; Matthew 6:33; 2 Corinthians 4:7-9; Philippians 4:19; 1 Peter 4:12-13

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Just sharing, purging and releasing!

Good evening Fam,

Today is February 5th, and this is my FIRST BLOG for 2014.  SHAME ON ME!

One of the reasons why I am typing this is to not only get back into the rhythm of CONSISTENT writing, but to use this as an outlet in an effort to be "free to breathe," if you will. :-)

Seriously, I have been suffering with a severe degree of writer's block, along with lack of inspiration.  Wow, talk about a double whammy, right?  I have a novel that is on "stuck," along with several ideas bouncing around in my head like an out-of-control ball in a pinball machine. Lord knows I want to get these projects finished, edited and published.  I don't understand why I am feeling this mental "halt."  It's like things aren't flowing the way I want to.  I often wonder...WHY?!

In my case, one of the main reasons is the mistake of allowing distractions to fill my view/schedule. Allow me to explain.  We can become SO consumed with the matters of this world (work,  family/personal issues, inward struggles, etc.) that we tend to put our goals so far on the back burner to where it's literally on the edge of being tossed into the trashcan.  

Honestly, I haven't been FULLY on track since the passing of my former pastor, Apostle E.K.
Wilson, Sr.  His death literally RATTLED my world. Besides Jesus Christ, he was also our rock. He held our church and our fellowship together.  Look at the calender of my blog posts. You will see a HUGE decline since the beginning of 2012 (around the time of his death, 2/12/12).  

Of course, devastating events will rock our world, but it is NOT supposed to keep us down and inactive, eventually crippling us.  We supposed to have our time of regrouping/refreshing and get back on track.  In the event we find ourselves in a dry season of feeling discouraged and unnecessary, we must recognize and acknowledge the issue, literally STOP, DROP to our knees and PRAY.  Psalms 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. I fell victim to allowing the cares of this world to distract me from my goals and passions, and I am asking God to help me get back on track.  I thank God for hearing my humble cry, and I trust that He is going to help me get back on track and sharpen my focus to where I will not be so easily distracted.  My prayer is that He intensify my drive to complete what I started, trusting that He will be the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my pathway.

The awesome thing about a new day is that it is another opportunity to get it right-both naturally and spiritually.  It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)  I thank God for allowing me the chance to get it right, for giving me a new focus, for He has made all things new and I shall follow Jesus forward!

Living each day with expectancy, I remain,

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
~Lamentations 3:26