Writing for God

Have you ever wondered, “How can God know me? And how can He use what I have?” Know that God CAN use you – in whatever shape, form, or process that you’re in.

Colossians 3:23:24

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Know that you are a valuable asset to God and His Kingdom. Know that you are good enough, and that what you have to offer makes sense to the Lord.

Whenever you reach out to God – in thought, in personal prayer, during quiet time, or other – seek His Will for your life. And when He reaches back, you just be sure to respond in faithful repose:

Yes, Lord. My name is [insert your name here], and I am [insert your gift here] for you, God.

See, it’s easy:

Yes, Lord. My name is Kaye, and I am writing for you, God.

And He will respond in faithful delight.

Seeing it through to completion

One of the biggest things I’ve learned so far on this health and spiritual journey is the importance of exercising hope and seeing things through to completion.

Sounds easier said than done, huh? Yep, I bet it does.

God doesn’t take us on a journey to fail us – or to watch us fail. He guides you on a journey to get you to your next destination – to an outcome that can be life-changing.

Practicing and completing things wholly and with consistency will soon become your new pattern of ease. It’ll be harder to forget it and even more convicting to put it aside.

On my personal health journey, the Lord has required me to maintain 4 simple daily things before climbing into bed at night:

  1. Relinquish my concerns before him (write it down, let it go; can’t pick it back up);
  2. Stretch and massage problem areas in my muscles and body;
  3. Write at least 3 lines a night in my blog (OK, we’re waaaay past 3 for tonight 😉);
  4. And read scriptures towards completing my reading of the complete New Testament

It’s amazing how many times you’ll feel bad, be sick, have pain, have exhaustion, etc…, etc… and relinquish your assignment because of the state that you’re in.

But I challenge you – emplore you – to, even amid the pain, amid your search for the right health plan, amid your fears, and amid you feeling at your worst, take simple steps on what you can do, and the Lord will honor your obedience.

Let’s pray for each other:

Lord, please help my dear friend, sister and brother in Christ to be strengthened as we complete our journeys together. Give us new hope, new peace, and new passion to fulfill your right now will in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Lord, Amen.

I love you with the LOVE of Christ -and that’s really BIG, BIG LOVE!

– P.S., Kaye –

Starting fresh

Every day presents new opportunities to begin again.

As you move throughout this week, I challenge you to see new opportunities in everything and allow the Lord to guide your footsteps in all things.

Ask the Lord to bless the work of your hands – and watch as His glory is displayed.

You’ll find, I’m sure, that completing your tasks and finishing goals will become much easier – just commit to doing them in the way that the Lord commands.

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

– Proverbs 16:3 (our official Passion Series Bible verse)

– P.S. Kaye –

Recharge your focus

So this morning when I awakened, I asked myself, “What shall I do for myself today?”

At first sight, the question may seem a bit odd…why, I can do everything for myself! … ?? But today, this question comes from a different place. A place of discomfort, of just mental exhaustion due to the ongoing pain cycle that my body has been in.

So, what can I do for myself today?

I can recharge my mind, move my body, and redirect my focus from pain to one of overcoming. If I can do it, then you can, too!

P.S., With Love…

I’d planned the perfect approach to a week full of changes that I knew were only brought on by God – a confirmation of His intimate communication in our lives in the season leading up to this one.

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As this week comes to a close, I realize that I’ve experienced many different things: gladness, joy, peace, excitement, frustration, quietness, tiredness, reflection, self-affirmation, determination, rest…

In getting through to our newest season, the Lord walks us through the final stages of our prior one and gently leads us into our next. While we may have our way or approach to how we are going to “experience” and live out the transition, just remember that God may have a slightly different version that completes the mission as He would see fit. Remember, He is the author and finisher of our faith, and we are His faithful subjects (re: Hebrews 12:2).

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– P.S., with love to my ever so faithful husband and Pastor, Seneca Howard.

Love, Kaye –

My List of Personal Affirmations

I’ve written out my list of personal attributes. Have you written yours yet? The focus for this task is to arouse positive thinking and ensure personal affirmation. What attributes has God blessed you with? Affirm these characteristics and begin to live them out. As you write, your list may grow! Remember to read it back to yourself with affirmation and confirmation of God-given gifts to you. What a great way to start our morning!

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40 Days to Wholeness, Week 3

It is so important for us to have a positive self-image, but a lot of the time we get thrown so many examples of what we should do, how we should react, and how we should live, that we may forget about ourselves in the process. So, how does God say we should live, and how does this affect our self-reflection, our behavior and our relationships?

Week 3 Study Scripture: Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

I love this scripture because it is God that sets the tone for our lives. He is saying:

  1. “First, commit yourselves to me!” He did not say that we had to be perfect; He means to commit sacrificially – no matter what state you are in or how you may currently view yourself.
  2. After your commitment comes your transformation!

TRANSFORMATION \\ A THOROUGH OR DRAMATIC CHANGE IN FORM OR APPEARANCE; CONVERSION, METAMORPHOSIS, CHANGE, ALTERATION

This transformation can only come about through a renewed mind in Christ Jesus after your sacrificial commitment. Sometimes we do not know how to feel the fullness of who we are. So this results in depression, anger, fear, low self-worth, or a lack of commitment within our lives.

We learned how to pray and how to dedicate ourselves to healing. This “coming upon the fullness of who we are,” in other words “getting to know ourselves deeply,” is also a part of our spiritual healing. We have to get to know God by committing ourselves to Him daily (setting up that meeting time and place, reading the Bible), but we have to commit to our own personal change through this new closeness to Him. So we must:

  1. Desire a change – a newness for ourselves, a metamorphosis
  2. Commit to God – no matter who you think you are
  3. Experience true joy within your transformation

Galatians 5:22-24 gives us some insight on Spiritual Maintenance.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

These are the things that help moderate our behavior and interactions with others.  As I deal with very personal situations, I had to ask God: “Lord, please show me how to deal with others.” I began to ask God to regulate my anger and to tailor my responses. Sometimes how we feel about ourselves and how we feel about our circumstances is what regulates our responses or our lifestyles. This should not be so. Let’s bring our self-value and our behavior into alignment with God’s Word in order to increase our value and be enlightened and empowered by it – in a Godly manner.

This Week’s Challenge

  1. Write something positive about yourself each day (M-S, character, skills, attitude, attributes). Then read it back to yourself with affirmation.
  2. Continue to meet God daily – same time, same place for prayer and reading.
  3. Take a look at Galatians 5:22-24. Have you crucified your flesh? Ask God to show you what to improve on.
  4. What relationships do you have that are not the best? Intentionally practice moderation and positivity in those interactions. Record your progress.

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40 Days to Wholeness, Week 2

This week’s topic is cleansing & healing with a special focus on spiritual growth and personal health. As we capitalize on last week’s focus on the importance of prayer, let’s remember to bring it into this week – with God on our side.

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Week 2 Study Scripture – Mark 11:23-24

Let us also remember that prayer paired with faith (and personal action!) produces change. And when we desire a connection with God, acting on faith, He’ll move mountains for us. Mark 11:23-24 says:

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

If health, healing, and restoration (spiritually and naturally) is in order, then let’s get on the ball so we live life abundantly – in full health!

This Week’s Challenge

Try removing that indulgence from this week’s menu (chocolate, sweets, fried foods, etc…), and add healthy ingredients (more veggies, smaller portions, proteins, fibers).

Remember to drink lots of water. Our health tip from Angel Blends includes taking your body’s weight, dividing it by 2 and that’s how many fluid ounces you should be drinking – per day! (Ex. 150/2=75 fl oz)

Can you add some exercise activities to your schedule?

Commit to that same meeting time and place with God – and extend it through the weekend!

Meditate on God’s Word: find scripture passages that speak to you.

Have you created a spiritual growth plan? Mine includes daily meeting times with God, daily reading, and practicing the fruits of the spirit.

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40 Days to Wholeness, Week 1

IT’S DAY #1 OF OUR TOUR; TODAY, LET’S MAKE A COMMITMENT TO SETTING TIME ASIDE FOR DAILY CONVERSATION WITH GOD.

Today starts our 40 Days to Wholeness Tour, and we are really excited! This series is all about understanding the necessity of adding God as a resource to our lives and integrating His purpose and His strategy into our daily mix. On the first week, we focused on the importance of prayer, meditation, and Bible study.

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Week 1 Study Scripture – Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

It is so important that we take the time out to give God our thanks, our thoughts, and our meditation. Conversations with God produce results and give us comfort regarding any of life’s uncertainties.

This Week’s Challenge

– Commit to a set time & place within your home to meet & pray with God

– Thank Him for blessing you; ask for any needed deliverance and forgiveness; pray for others

– Spend quiet time reflecting on the fact that we are FREE and can pray to God our Father

– Do it each day from now until Sunday; then carry it forward

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