January 2024


Humility Brings Blessings

We currently live in a world where so many are seeking fame and fortune.  With the success of technology, it has made reaching this goal a lot easier for the many who are seeking it.  It seems that the number of followers you have, and the number of likes that you have are part of this fame fury as well.  We can become Influencers, Podcasters and there are many other ways that we can literally drive our own vehicle of success.  Sometimes this can happen with one post if it’s the right post.

I think that it is fantastic that these opportunities are available for those who want to pursue them, however whether it’s this or something else that you have been blessed to be successful with, I encourage you to remain humble.  Sometimes when you are in the public eye that can be difficult to do.

You see Satan has a way of encouraging you to believe that you are totally responsible for the success that you are experiencing.  Thus, pride is born when you believe and take ownership of that thought process!  And by the way you do not have to be famous to be prideful, I am simply using that as an example.

When I looked up the definition of humility, I read that is a modest or low view of one’s own importance, it is humbleness.  The definition of pride however is polar opposite.  The definition of pride is the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance.

Now, I am not saying that we should not love ourselves or have great confidence.  I am also not saying that we should not strive to be successful in whatever endeavor we attempt.  I am simply saying that we should give credit where credit is due. Be very clear any opportunities or doors that have opened to you have been by the grace of God and please don’t forget that.

As Christians our goal should always be to be Christlike, and though he is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Christ remained humble.  To be Christlike is to exercise humility, it is to be humble.   Here are a few scriptures that talk about the humility of Christ.  Below that list are also a list of scriptures that address how there are blessings that come with humility.  May God bless you as you humble yourself before Him and strive to be more and more like Him each and every day.

Philippians 2:8
And being found in appearance as a man,  he humbled himself  by becoming obedient to death—
 even death on a cross!
Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,  righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey,   on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
John 13:5
After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Isaiah 50:6
I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face  from mocking and spitting.
John 10:15
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Matthew 26:37-39

37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
2nd Corinthians 8-9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Blessings Come with Humility
2nd Chronicles 32:24-30
24 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.
27 Hezekiah had very great wealth and honor, and he made treasuries for his silver and gold and for his precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuables. 28 He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and olive oil; and he made stalls for various kinds of cattle, and pens for the flocks. 29 He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches.
30 It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook.
2nd Chronicles 7:14
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
James 4:10
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Proverbs 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,  and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 22:4
Humility is the fear of the Lord;  its wages are riches and honor and life.
Psalm 25:9
He guides the humble in what is right  and teaches them his way.
Luke 14:11
11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Proverbs 27:2
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.
Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Psalms 149:4
For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.


Success God’s Way

Success God’s Way

As a college graduate with a degree in Interior Design, I was eager to jump out into the world and pursue my career.   I envisioned having this amazing lifestyle as a designer.  My dream was to have a large home in a gated community,  a top-of-the-line luxury car, all of the designer clothes and handbags that a woman could ever dream of, and of course trips all around the world.   I associated success with financial gain, and with having an abundance of beautiful things.

I now know that God’s view of success is quite different from what I thought that success would look like in my early twenties.  It is also different from what the world wants us to believe that success looks like.  Our success is not based on the number of zeros in our bank accounts, or where we live.  True success is based on our obedience to God and the number of hearts that we have touched and blessed along the way for His glory.

Please know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having dreams and goals.   And there is nothing wrong with owning beautiful things or having lots of zeros in your bank account.  These are all blessings from God.  I am simply saying, don’t allow the enemy to trick you into living a lifetime of chasing beautiful things thinking that’s the mark of success, because it’s not.   God has a different standard for how success is measured for His children.

Today I want to share a few scriptures with you regarding success.

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
1 Kings 2:3
and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go
Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,  and he will establish your plans.
Matthew 16:26-27
26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Deuteronomy 8:6-20
Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.
Jeremiah 17:7
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

A New Year, A Clean Slate

A New Year, A Clean Slate 2024

As I write this morning, it is the day before we officially welcome in the 2024 New Year.  Many of you are preparing for your New Year Eve celebrations.

I spent an entire day yesterday preparing for a New Year’s meal for my family. This meal will consist of blackeye peas of course, which is a good old Southern tradition. Oh, and there will be rice, cabbage, okra, sweet potatoes and let’s not forget a delicious roast, cornbread and dessert.

As I am writing this it makes me wonder how many people will spend more time planning their New Year’s celebrations, than planning their New Year.
Because I have personally experienced the blessings of spending time with God, and consulting with Him for directions and guidance for the year, I truly want you to experience the same.
Here are a few of my suggestions for you to have a powerful and effective planning strategy for your New Year.
Take some time to really get still before the Lord and just listen.   If you are not used to being still before the Lord in total silence, you may feel like nothing is happening. Initially you will feel like you want to cut this session short. I encourage you to start with 10 minutes and work your way up to 15 minutes.   God will start to give you thoughts and ideas that will help point you in a direction that is best for you.  Just be patient.
Psalm 46:10
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;   I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Isaiah 30:21
21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Write your plans and goals down.  Put them in a place where you can review them daily.  Pray over them daily also.

There should be six areas of your life that you strive to grow better in, and they are:
Spiritual Goal – Ask yourself; How can you draw closer to God in 2024?  What areas have you not been willing to be totally obedient in?  How can I better serve God?   Get totally honest with yourself and God and decide how you will do better in the New Year.
Matthew 22:36-40
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Mental Goal
– Protect your mind by choosing to stay positive and to stay away from negativity.  Read something from God’s Word every day.  Also read books that motivate and inspire you.  Choose movies and TV shows that are good and positive, and that line up with your Christian values.
 Romans 12;2
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Physical / Health Goal
Set a goal to eat healthier and to get in more exercise in the New Year.  Be sure that you are getting adequate sleep each night.  Listen to your body. If you need to rest your body, do that.   Plan mini vacations if necessary for down time, just to catch your breath. Get your physicals and dental appointments on   schedule.
 1st Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.

1. Financial Goal
Save more, spend less.  Set a giving goal for your local church or the charitable foundation of your choice.  Tithing is always one of the best ways to honor God with your finances.  Do you have a retirement fund set up?  Do you have a financial advisor?  Make a decision to get your finances in order in 2024.
Mathew 6:24
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
 Philippians 4:19
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 13:11
11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Career / Work Goal
What would you like to achieve in your work or career in 2024?   Write it down and be sure that you have a start and stop date. Without a start and stop date it’s just a dream.  Create a vision board for your life. Look at it every day.
Habakkuk 2:2
2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation  and make it plain on tablets  so that a herald[a] may run with it.

Home and Family Goals
What would you like to accomplish as a family this year?  Are there relationships that need to be repaired or reconciled?  What projects would you like to do as  a family?  Would you like to plan a family vacation together etc?  Would you like to have a family devotional and prayer time together?  Discuss your goals  as a family and write them down.
 1st Timothy 3:5
5 if anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?
Proverbs 22:6
6 Start children off on the way they should go,   and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Colossians 3:13
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
 Galatians 6:2
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Gratitude Goal – Set a goal to write down the ten things that you are most grateful for each day.  This is very important.  When you focus on the things that you are grateful for you complain less and you seek the good that can come from every situation.  Your gratitude blesses God.
Ephesians 5:20
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 107:1
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Blessings for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!