Saturday, January 17, 2015



I must begin this post with a heart of thanksgiving.  The LORD is great, and greatly to be praised.  He brought us through 2014, and now we are in the middle of January 2015!  I thank Him for the grace, goodness and mercy He continually extends to us all! 

I think we all like the idea of NEW. "New Year, New Me," "Great Things in 2015," "This is MY YEAR,"etc. are positive, motivational cliches. I believe that's why new year's resolutions are made; everyone is excited for the "fresh start" and make proclamations or set goals that often fall through the cracks (I'm guilty of that one). DISCLAIMER:  there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a phrase or cliche as a tool of encouragement and motivation.  However, is your mindset aligned with those encouraging words?  Are you putting your feet to faith and actually making steps toward newness, self-improvement and greatness?  Are you determined to accept and embrace change, even within YOU?

Let's look at it from a totally different perspective:  EVERY SINGLE MORNING God allows you to see is an excellent opportunity for a fresh start!  We can command our day!  Don't wait for the last week of December heading into the new year to make positive affirmations!  Do it EVERYDAY! 

Personally, I make an effort to speak positive affirmations daily, especially during my prayer time.  A portion of Proverbs 23:7 states, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:"  Guess what?  More often that not, if you think it, much less SPEAK IT,  that's how that cookie is going to crumble.  Think/speak positive, you'll gain positive results.  Think/speak negative, you'll gain negative results.  Simple. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)

We serve an awesome God Who desires the very best for His people.  3 John 1:2 says, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."  Thank God in ADVANCE for His bountiful blessings, grace and favor!  Thank God IN ADVANCE for a beautifully blessed day filled with joy and not sorrow!  Thank God IN ADVANCE for another fresh start, for the REBOOT!  

Each day we see is a great time to hit that "reset button."  A lot often happens within 24 hours, to the point we HAVE to hit that "reset button."  Don't stay in a funk. Don't bellyache over what happened yesterday, last week, last month, last year, etc.  As I'm typing this in an effort to encourage you, believe me: I'm preaching to Shairon as well! 

I have to hit the "reset button" quite a few times, and that's ok!  Just like a car runs out of gas, we also, run out of fuel.  We don't leave the car parked simply because it's out of gas.  What do we do?  We make a beeline to the nearest gas station to REFILL it so we can keep it moving.  We, as people, have to stop at a filling station to be refilled, rejuvenated and refreshed!  How do we do that?  There are multiple ways:  We pray and believe God to answer our petitions.  We indulge in the Scriptures as food for spiritual nourishment.  We go to church (the filling station) to hear the Word of God, be refreshed in His presence and embrace an awesome worship experience.

There are times when we have to "keep the car parked" in an effort to "RESET" ourselves.
Naturally speaking, possible reasons for the car being parked could be financial, maybe the car is in need of repair or you're sick and unable to drive, etc.   Spiritually speaking, maybe God is saying, BE STILL and KNOW THAT I AM GOD (Psalm 46:10).  Now, that is not a reason to fall into stagnation.  You be still for a while (not permanently), rest in God's presence, wait for divine inspiration and instruction and GET BACK IN MOTION!  RESET BUTTON HAS BEEN ACTIVATED!

Therefore, do not be afraid or ashamed to hit RESET, RESTART, REBOOT, etc.  We have it on our computers, tablets, phones, etc for a reason.  As human beings, we have to hit that button at times.  Sometimes, our minds are on overload, and as a result, we become emotionally and physically sluggish, lacking motivation.  Sit down and hit RESET.  Crack your Bibles open, or set your audio Bible to your "go-to" Scriptures.  Read a devotional. Remind yourself of your goals and positive affirmations, declarations and confessions.  Know that God is GOD. He will refresh you and equip you to embrace all that He has for you.  READY?  RESET/REBOOT!

I pray you were inspired...

For His Glory,

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9