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Today's Word


Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or legs, without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or hug those you love. Meet Nicholas (VOO-yee-cheech) Vujicic . Without any medical explanation or warning, Nick was born without arms and legs. Now at age 33 he has traveled to over 62 countries giving others the hope of Jesus Christ. He credits having victory over his struggles and disabilities to his faith in God; using what he has; and most importantly being THANKFUL. Nick says, “I never met a bitter person who was thankful or a thankful person who was bitter.” In explaining how he feels about his situation. He said, “If just one more person finds eternal life in Jesus Christ it is all worth it.”  

Encouraging Moments Last Week

What A Friend


Let me be honest. I have not always given my cares to the Lord even though I knew He could handle it and  that he cared for me. I took my cares and baggage with me and tried to handle things myself. That was not a good idea. Joseph Scriven was right when he penned the song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and said: Oh, what peace we often forfeit Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in Prayer! Psalm 55:22 confirms this, Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken and Matt. 11:28, confirms it again, Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

True Sight

Did you know that according to the National Eye Institute we actually see with our brains. The eyes just collect the visual, a picture, that displays and illustrates information to start the multifaceted or the many sides of the process of seeing. Without eyesight the brain would have to collect information another way to see. That reminds of the quote, “Things are never as bad as they first seem, stand back and see things with fresh eyes, there is always a way through.” Psalm 19:8 says, The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”


On average most cars need gas by 200 miles an oil change every 3,000 miles and a tune up after 20,000 miles. Oh yes we need our vehicles they get us to our destinations. But Like a car, we too have indicators called emotions that let us know how we are doing inside.  Author Neil Anderson explains, that our emotions are to our soul what physical feeling are to our body. If you didn’t feel pain, you would be in danger of serious injury and infection. If you didn’t feel anger, sorrow or joy your soul would be in trouble. Emotions are God’s indicators to let us know what is going on inside. Is it time for you’re a spiritually tune up?  Take time and Get with God so you can reach the destination that He has for your life.

Get Out of the Way

Beep Beep! That’s the sound of a horn which can indicate Get out of the way! We can easily hear that in the natural. But we also need to hear it in the Spirit! A few years ago my mother was very sick in the hospital and the doctor said that she was not going to make it. Immediately my emotions kicked in and I was about to faint. But suddenly I remembered the word of God who said I am Jehovah Rapha, the Lord that heals. Stop looking at your Momma and turn your face to the wall, pray and look at me. That was the horn of the Holy Spirit I had to get out of Gods way and let His word work.  Beep Beep Get out of Gods way and let him work in your life!!

Morning Fog

Let’ face it. In this world we will have challenges and problems. However, we can choose to face them with either an optimistic attitude that’s being hopeful and confident about the future or a pessimistic attitude, when you believe that the worst will always happen. Yes I know. Life can put you in difficult situations and looking on the bright side can be hard. There times that I wallowed in self-pity and said, “Woe is me” and sang the “Somebody done somebody wrong” song, I realized it was a waste of time. I could not change the past but I could improve my today. James 4:14 says that, “Your Life is like a morning fog—it’s here for a little, then it’s gone.” So make the most of your “little while,” While you can!

Previous Encouraging Words


A memorable line from the childhood story Alice in Wonderland is when Alice says, “If you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you  there." Life as well as your money can be like that. If you do not  specifically tell it where to go or set goals for it you will come up  short. Luke 14:28-31 poses the question, “For which one of you, when he  wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost  to see if he has enough to complete it? "Otherwise, when he has laid a  foundation and is not able to finish.” Thankfully, Even if you started  out wrong or even slow. Today You can regroup and remap your destination  and finish well.


The motivational phrase “If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try  again is as relevant today as it was back then. It is similar to what  Jesus told Peter while he had been fishing for a long time but had  caught nothing. But Jesus did not say, just try again. He said “Put out  into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." This is when Peter  had to put away pride and realize what he had done in the past was not  working. And when he did, Luke 5:6 says, “When they had done so, they  caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.  Proverbs 1:6, tells us that, “A wise man will hear and increase in  learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”

The Source

In my book Answering the Call of God in Chapter 11, I discuss the  importance of having self-respect, a favorable impression of yourself to  fulfill your purpose and have a positive influence in the lives of  people. You cannot convey hope and encouragement if you do not have it  yourself. Don’t be fooled by imitations which may be okay for clothing and  hand bags. But when it comes to your spiritual well-being Go straight  to the source. Romans 15:13, says that God, the source of hope, will fill you  completely with joy and peace because you trust (believe he is fully  capable) in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the  power of the Holy Spirit.

Wise Woman

I grew up hearing the voice of Adolf Caesar in a UNCF commercial saying,  “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” The goal was to encourage young  people to further their education. But That slogan is still true. Some  studies show that some older adults can remember as far back as three  and a half years old. In the same study Females appear to to have better  memories for this than men and on average could go back much further.  That’s so true, Ladies we remember everything. But let’s not waste our  minds on negativity. Prov. 15:1 tells us, A wise woman builds her home,  but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

Commemorating MLK

As we commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr I cannot help but think of how he used his vocation as a Baptist Minister to be one of the greatest change agents in American history. He said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. That sounds like Proverbs 31:8-9, Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. He was greatly criticized but refused to be bound by hate and said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. He knew that from Romans 12:18, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Hold Your Peace


Have you ever read a verse of scripture and it stopped you dead in your tracks? That’s what Pro. 12: 20 did to me. It says, Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; [but] joy fills hearts that are planning peace! How do we plot evil? When we say things like, “I’m going to give them a peace of my mind.” I am going to curse them out. And I am going to Go OFF!!! When we take this mindset get ready for chaos. However, We can avoid strife by remembering Prov. 15:1  that says, A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. And James 1:19-20, that says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, which does not produce the righteousness that God desires.Listen to audio  here.



One of the most valuable truths that I was ever told was, “You need to look in the mirror and see yourself.” The job of a mirror is to give a faithful representation of what it sees. And if used properly it can be like a good friend that gives constructive criticism. In comparison, the word of God, if used, it can lead you into all truth. James 1:22-24 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says! Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. Let us not forget what we see But correct it. Listen to audio  here.

Talk Too Much

You’ve heard this before. Talk is cheap! It is so easy to say that we’re going to do something instead of actually doing it. Rather than being cheap I believe that Too much talk is very costly. We see this when fathers say they are going to see their children but never show up; when adult children say they’re going to visit their elderly parents but never go; when busy Moms say they are going to participate at their child’s school and never do. Myles Munroe said, “Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.” This year let’s get our priorities straight and not just talk about what we are going to do. Let’s get it done! Listen to audio here.


President John F. Kennedy said, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” Responsibility is a burden of obligation upon one who is responsible for something within their power or management. It is not the job of the government to manage our households nor our children. That is our responsibility. The “Right Answer” is for us to return to basic parenting by being examples for our children to follow and do as Prov. 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. That means to take time with, love them; discipline and teach them. Listen to audio here.



It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder which means it is subjective to the one looking at it. Have you subjected yourself to negative words lately and comparing yourself to others? Are your sentences filled with I can’t; I’m Not; and I don’t have, instead of I CAN; I AM, AND I WILL! Let me tell you something! You may have made mistakes in your life but YOU are not one. It’s time that you stop agreeing with the negative thoughts that come to your mind and agree with the word of God. Do like David did in Psalm 139:14 and say, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Another translation says, “Thank you for making me wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it!

White Bread


My Great-grandmother used to say, “Child, stop crying with a loaf of bread under your arms.” I was too busy looking at what I didn’t have instead of thanking God for what I did have and putting what I had to use. When we focus on all that is wrong with something rather it is with people; OR in our city; state or nation we leave possibilities and potential of what it could be on the table. Matt. 25:15 says, "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability. Everyone has something that they can make use of. Martin Luther King said, If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.



I often think of my ancestors and those who overcame extreme hardships of slavery and unjust treatment. Yet they persevered and overcame. When you are the object of unjust treatment you have to be very careful. Instead of becoming bitter You must become BETTER! So that you want become like your oppressor filled with prejudice, hate, rage and anger. These things suffocate your ability to be creative and to love. Harriet Tubman a former slave and the conductor of the “Underground Railroad” said, “I grew up like a neglected weed, ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.” Harriet Tubman didn’t know anything about freedom. But believed--that she could be. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and remaining a victim, she got up, freed herself and helped to Free others.



Little things can make a big difference. That is why having the right perspective is essential. Perspective is most evident by what we say. What we say-- and think is then preceded by our actions. A few years ago a friend of my mind was contemplating going back to school. She said, “I’m 51 and it’s going to take me 4 years to finish and then I’ll be 55.” Then I said, “If you don’t do it you will still turn 55, but without the degree that YOU wanted.” Well those four years have passed and she got that degree; An increase in pay and inspired her family members. The words that I spoke to my friend triggered something in her mind, caused her to gain a new perspective and believe in herself. She already had the ability. It only needed to be activated. 


A myth is an invented story, an unproved false belief that is used to justify something. One myth that I want to dispel is that you are toooo whatever. Too poor, too unknown, too old or even too young. These myths only stop you from being and becoming your best. On the contrary, be INSPIRED by people who didn’t believe the hype of the myths, like Phillis Wheatley who arrived in Boston in 1751 on a slave ship, she wrote and published her first poem at age 13, and was the first African American to do so. At age 40 Madam C.J. Walker launched her line of black hair care products; at age 75 Cancer survivor Babara Hillary was the first African American woman to reach the North Pole and at age 95, Nola Ochs become the oldest person to receive a college diploma. 



As a child I loved to hear stories from the Bible where Jesus turned water into wine, opened blind eyes and caused the cripple to walk. How amazing! Like a child many of us are still in awe of the miracles that Jesus did. These stories show that he was moved with compassion when saw people tired, weary and sick. He would make provision and heal them of their disease. Thankfully, He is the same God yesterday today and forever. Are you tired? Are you sick? If so, what he did then is for you today.  Isaiah 53:4-5, is for you. Surely he took up your pain and bore your suffering, … he was wounded for your transgressions, he was bruised for your iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon hi. And with his stripes you are healed. Listen to audio here.

Looking Ahead


It’s a New Year! And “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” What I’m asking is, “What are you determined to do this year --that you have not been able to do before? Being determined means that you have decided; you are settled; you are resolved, firm in your purpose and intent. If that is true, why do so many of our New Year’s Resolution fail? One reason is, we spend too much time looking back. The Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:13 says, “One thing I do, I forget those things, which are behind and reach forward to those things, which are ahead.” So whatever positive resolution you make. LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the only time you look back, is to see how far you have come. Listen to audio here.

Encourage Yourself


You’ve heard the saying that one good turn deserves another. That is especially handy when it’s your turn to receive. Unfortunately, life is not always fair and there may have been times when you have been there for others to pray, fast, give, serve, cook and clean and during your time of need it seems like know one is around. You hear crickets but not people. During seasons like this we must be careful not to past blame. But use the season as an opportunity to trust God and discover biblical self-help as is described in 1 Samuel 30:6 when David was going through a very difficult time. The word says He was greatly distressed. BUT David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. Key phrase, “in the Lord.” So let’s be like David, Don’t wait until the battle or trial is over. Shout Now! Listen to audio here.

Emotional Intelligence


I’m sure you have heard of IQ, Intelligent quotient, which is derived from test that scores human intelligence. But have you heard of EQ--Emotional Quotient aka EI--Emotional Intelligence, which is the ability to recognize, evaluate and regulate your own emotions. It scores your emotional strength. Did you know that you could have a high IQ and a low EQ, where your emotions get the best of you and cause you to make poor decisions and mistreat yourself and others? Today there’s an app for everything! But not for that--- Fixing your emotions is a case for Jesus. Where we have to APPly his word by forgiving those who have hurt us in the past. God wants us to be whole in every area of our lives. 3John 1:2 says, Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.


Have you ever said something that you wish you could take back? Who ever said sticks and stones will break my bones and words will never hurt me - was wrong. Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up. Sometimes out of frustration we say things and hurt others. In a survey that asked people who were at the end of their lives, “What did they regret not doing the most?” The answer in the top three was, Not cultivating relationships and saying that they were sorry. Thankfully it’s not too late for us. Matt 5:23-24 says, If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; Then come and offer your gift.  Listen to audio here.



Have you ever named it, claimed it and walked around it seven times and still no results? Don’t feel bad, I have too. Then one day I said, Lord I did everything they said to do. He said, “That’s your problem you did everything that, they said. After that, I realized that walking by faith is not a formula. It is a correlating action that relates to what you’re hoping for. James 2:15-17 gives this example, Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead. So get busy and put your faith to work. Listen to audio here.


Have you ever felt that God did not have time for you? That he was too busy dealing with bigger issues in the world other than yours? Satan wants us to think that God does not care. Oh, he’s such a liar. The truth is, God loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die for your sins. And If that wasn’t enough, In Revelation 3:20,  He says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”So, ask yourself, “Would a person who didn’t have time for me be knocking at my door? I don’t think so. Let’s not make him wait any longer. Open up your situation to Jesus. Nothing is too hard for God.  Listen to audio hear.


Have you ever wished that you could take wings like a bird and fly away and leave your troubles behind? Well you can. Isaiah 40:29 &31 says, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. When storms arise, unlike other birds, who fly away. The eagle uses the wind of the storm to rise higher in a matter of seconds. They use the pressure of the storm to soar without using their own energy. So, the next time you feel like your situation is too much, take the flight called hope, cast your troubles and all of cares upon the Lord because he cares for you. Listen to audio here.

Way Out

Have you ever thought you knew where you were going only to wind up in a dead end?  And the only way out was to turn around. But if you’re like some drivers. It’s hard to admit being lost. But not admitting you’re lost can take you further away from your destination. The same is true in life. When we don’t admit that we made a wrong turn we often go far away from the plans that God has for us. Years later we wonder, how did I end up hear? If that’s your question, change it. And ask, How do I get out? You get out by humbling yourself and allow Jesus to take the wheel. Prov.3;5-6 says, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Listen to audio here.


Have you ever said something that you wish you could take back? Who ever said sticks and stones will break my bones and words will never hurt me - was wrong. Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up. Sometimes out of frustration we say things and hurt others. In a survey that asked people who were at the end of their lives, “What did they regret not doing the most?” The answer in the top three was, Not cultivating relationships and saying that they were sorry. Thankfully it’s not too late for us. Matt 5:23-24 says, If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; Then come and offer your gift.  Listen to audio here.

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