Let This Truly Be Resurrection Day

The world tells us to achieve, to make something of ourselves, and to contribute to society in a positive way.  Some follow the path of education because they feel that this will lead to a job which represents stability and that it will elevate them to a certain level in society’s eyes. Some spread the gospel and become Pastors, youth leaders or evangelists because this is their calling. The Lord has spoken to their hearts and handpicked them to share His message of salvation and redemption. Others do what they can to get by using their God-given talents or find random means of making ends meet.

Many go about their day to day lives believing that they have to make those decisions on their own, when in fact the Lord already has a plan for each and every one of us. This is why we are not hampered by society’s standards. God will make us into the person that He wants us to be.  He can make someone without a higher education successful. Did you know that nine of the men who held the position of President of the United States did not go to or finish college?  He made Joseph, who was Jacob’s son survive the jealously of his brothers who sold him into slavery go from being a slave to becoming  the second most important person in Egypt after the Pharoah. You see, the Lord is not limited by the world. He is God alone, and just like He had a plan for Joseph’s life He has a very specific plan for your life.

 Easter is not about chocolate bunnies, dyeing hard boiled eggs and Honeybaked Hams.  It is about love. Jesus loves us so much that He died a horrific death on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and so that we could have everlasting life with God in heaven. As He hung on the cross He said “Not My Will, But Yours Be Done.” Mark 14:36   If we could strive for that level of obedience and faith we would know that the Lord has a plan for each and every one of our lives. His plan may not be what you think that you want, but His plan for your life will be perfect. This Easter say “Not my will, but yours be done.” Let this truly be Resurrection Day”.

 

God Knows Your Every Step, Misstep and Victory

-Have you ever had a time when your life seemed to be at a stand still? You were forced to be still due to a health issue, the lost of a job, a personal tragedy or because your life just seemed out of sorts and you didn’t know where to turn? Have you wondered how to handle it and used your best efforts to rectify the situation?

Have you sent out countless resumes, called all of your friends and asked them to keep an eye out for a position that fits your qualifications, and gone on interview after interview only to not receive an offer?

Have you struggled to figure out where you fit in or why you were put on this earth?  Let depression keep you down after receiving a life changing diagnosis? Or had your world turned upside down by the realization that you’ve lost someone, and that you will not see, talk to, or touch them again in this life?

These and other situations are things that most of us have to go through. There is a reason for life’s challenges and tragedies. We may not know the reason initially, but if we take the time to look back on that situation, and allow ourselves to put God in it we will see that the Lord allowed those things to happen for a very specific reason.

Every time that you feel like your life is off course, that your plans have been derailed or that your life is a mess consider this alternative. Perhaps the Lord is working behind the scene to keep you safe, to protect you, to lead you toward immeasurable joy, to give you the desires of your heart, to teach you a life lesson, or to increase your faith which He knows that you will need as you go through this journey that we call life.

Sometimes we just need to be still, have faith, and let the Lord move.  He already knows every step that we will take, every misstep that we will make, and every victory that we will attain. So be still and remind yourself that He is God alone.

God’s Master Plan

Every person has the desire to find the reason that they were placed on this earth. Often they try to figure it out themselves by trying different careers, experimenting with various careers, majors in college and multiple relationships in their search for happiness, contentment and success.While we are searching we are unaware that we only need be still. The Lord created each and every oneof us for a certain purpose. Despite the fact that we are impatient He is patient. He knows what we are going to do and He has given each of us free will because He knows that we need to experience certain things (good and even devastating) in order to lead us to the purpose for which we were created.

All of our successes, failures, experiences, “chance” meetings, relationships, disappointments and tragedies are designed to make us into the person that the Lord created us to be. We only need listen to Him, pray and continue the path that He has set before us because we were each created and made for the purpose that the Lord has chosen specifically for us.

The Lord also gave each of us the desire to know our purpose. So we stumble along trying to figure it out when He has already given us a detailed map. Our journey is that map of interconnected experiences that we rarely pay attention to as we go through our lives. I discovered this when I found myself unemployed and I reflected on my life. This is when the Lord gave me the title of the book and I began to write, not knowing where He was taking me, but knowing that He wanted to reveal something to me through the book.

What I learned is that our lives are masterfully designed by the Lord to lead us toward the reason that He created each and every one of us. There is no one like you. So when you allow yourself to feel that you have no direction, value or importance check yourself. God does not mistakes, and you are of great value to Him and those whose lives you will affect. Look back at the chance meetings, people in your life, the difficult times and the incredible “coincidences”, and you will see that you are not only important, but you will find that these were not coincidences at all. You are an important part of God’s master plan.

God Places People

The Path Toward Your God Given Purpose

I joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in May, 1977 at Northwestern University,and have been an active member for many years. It has been the perfect vehicle for me to give back to the community. There are various programs to choose from, and there is something for everyone. Over the years I have worked alongside and met some incredible women. That is how I met Toni.

One summer Toni decided to get a fairly large group of sorority sisters together to fellowship. We met at a popular Mexican restaurant in Pasadena where she had reserved the patio. I knew most of the “sorors”, but there were many that I did not know. So when it was time to sit down for lunch I naturally gravitated toward the women that I knew. As we headed toward the table Toni informed us that there was assigned seating.  That was curious to me. If the objective was to put people together so that they could meet new sorors, how did Toni know who people knew or did not know?

Anyway, I ended up sitting with a soror that I did not know, and I liked her from the very start. Her name was Licia. As we chatted and got to know each other I learned that she lived in San Diego. I was surprised that she had made the two hour drive for the event. I learned a lot about Licia that day. We talked about her son, her education, and the sorority, but it wasn’t until she told me what she did for a living that I understood why we had assigned seating.

Our host could not have known it, and Licia did not know it, but this was a divine appointment. Out of all of the sorors at the luncheon I was seated next to Licia, who was in the military. Neither she or my host knew anything about my nonprofit,”My Own Two Feet,Inc.”, which was established to provide transitional housing and programs for homeless female veterans, but the Lord brought me to the luncheon and had Toni seat me next to Licia out of all of the women in attendance.

Do you honestly believe that  this was a coincidence? I believe that this was a divine appointment that was orchestrated by the Lord. It was further confirmation that my partner and I were on the correct path to our purpose. Subsequently, Sharon and I began to write down the many “coincidences”, and we filled up countless pages with similar types of occurences. I am convinced that there is no such thing as coincidence.