Let your CONSISTENCY produce a harvest

consistency /kənˈsɪst(ə)nsi/

Origin: Late 16th century (denoting permanence of form): from late Latin consistentia, from consistent- ‘standing firm’ (see consistent).

1. Consistent behaviour or treatment.
‘the consistency of measurement techniques’

1.1 The quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time.

– Oxford Dictionaries


con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē

1a archaic : condition of adhering together : firmness of material substance b: firmness of constitution or character

3b: harmony of conduct or practice with profession

– Merriam-Webster


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This evening my husband asked me, “What were you anxiously looking for in the mail today?”

My answer:  “My sale paper”

Husband:  “What day is it supposed to come?”

Me:  “On Wednesday.”

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The process of carrying out a consistent action will often produce favorable results.

Yes, I’m excited about my sales. On Tuesday evenings I excitedly anticipate the next day’s mail arrival; this week, I could hardly contain myself with all of the money-saving adventures… I walked out to the mailbox twice today; I’m ready and waiting for it each and every week.

Like the consistency of rain and sunlight after a seed is planted, thus producing new growth, so can consistency in our actions and habits produce a positive result in our lives.

I Kings 18:42b-46

42b But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.

43 Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”

The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. 44 Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”

Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”

45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 46 Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.

Being consistent  about how we pursue the seeds that we plant before God while in prayer, quiet thought, perhaps even in conversation, or in the depths of our hearts is what will bring about dynamic change in your life. As you meditate before God and consistently put into practice those things that you have intimately relayed to Him, watch as He proves you, protects you and produces a rich harvest within your life.

A mid-week grocery sale paper? Humph, seems a bit silly, eh?

Or is it?

What is our BEST effort for God?

After a few years of what seemed like the longest separation of space and time, I am now able to satisfy my desire to continue forward with Passion Series.

There’s just one little thing…

I still don’t seem to have the time.

I talk about Passion Series ALL of the time. I desperately wanted to get back to it, but business, timelessness, weariness and other pertinent things didn’t allow for me to be as hands-on as I’d like. I’ve been mentioning it more and more these days, and in hearing my desire for it, my husband gave one simple, yet effective solution: Write down three sentences that summarized your day at the end of each night, let that be the day’s blog, then turn it into a larger more in-depth blog at the end of the week, allowing it to serve as a source of inspiration to those who read it. Then, I will see my return to Passion Series fulfilled.

Seems easy, right?

So here I sit… just three simple lines. And I couldn’t really figure out what today’s take-away was. What was so inspiring? What is worthy of a recap? Of sharing with others?

I almost gave in. I’m tired, struggled through all day. The goal of getting these three lines recorded came to my remembrance at least three times tonight.

I’m tired, struggled through all day. I really just want to go to bed.

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I’d spent a portion of the day sharing with my sister about how hard it had been for me to sleep over the past few days.

As I tried to get a bit of a nap today, all I could feel was pain throbbing in my arms. My right leg shakes profusely. My eyes dart about on their own – a nystagmus – another quirky side effect of my current health position.

I. Am. Annoyed. And tired.

She shares back with me about God’s restoration and peace.

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I’m tired, struggled through all day. I really just want to go to bed. I can feel a sleepiness beginning to settle in, and I am totally looking forward to it. Nothing is going to stop me from heading down this path of golden sleep fulfilled. No-thing.

But the need to share those three little lines tugged at me, and tugged at meand tugged! So I sit down, grab my PC, and pay a bill. An email. An account update. A Facebook business page. Instagram. Google Drive. Save. Ok, the blog. Look at stats. Something looks funny… Water. Where’d my water go? There it is. Sip of water. ‘Fridge. Sip of Coke. Oh – phone’s at 80%. I should probably plug that up. Couch. Back to Facebook. I start flipping through old posts of the Passion Series Facebook page, still not yet committing to those three little lines that I must share as my day’s review, still planning to feel the calm and quiet of the room, letting myself slip away into the much-needed restfulness that the calm of my home presents. Then I see it…

That post from February 2, 2016. No fancy graphic, no accompanying photo – only crisp black lettering atop a solid white background: “God requires my BEST effort…no matter what…”

Funny how God brings things back full circle. My very. own. words.

Ah, OK. OK. I see God. This!

Suddenly I know what today’s take-away is and why I must – just must – write about it right now.

What is our best effort for God?

Obedience. We ask for so much from God – things that we deem as “oh-so-simple” things for Him to fulfill. But when He requires a little – just a little – in return from us, sometimes that giving to Him in return is soooo hard. Yet, we still look in hopeful expectation for positive results – for our environment to suddenly change – for God to grant our every day requests in some miracle-esque type of form. Yet, the tiniest miracle is in what we can actually give back to our Lord in order to see His Will manifest in our lives.

What can we give back to Him? How can we be better and reap rewards in our lives? Through Obedience.

I Samuel 15:22 (read vs. 22-24): And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

When we put forth our best effort, in obedience and in accordance with His Will, we will see the fulfillment of His promises and will reap immediate returns.

I really am having quite the bit of fun writing.

For today, I have conquered my “three lines.” I have given back to God my very best.

I am an Overcomer: Finding renewed strength in Him

I realized today that I am an Overcomer.

As I approached today, I was very weary and lethargic – a side effect of some of my recent health concerns. Although I did not feel very well, I had a desire to serve the Lord today and to worship Him. In this, He gave me new strength –

While He didn’t remove all of my discomfort, He allowed me to see things in His way – to spend time with Him, learning, and sitting comfortably in His presence.

Sometimes, our desire to fulfill God’s will is enough, and sitting quietly in His presence is where we gain our strength – strength of mind, strength of peace, strength of character, strength to trust Him wholly, strength and clarity of thought and presence.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Thank You, Lord, for strengthening me, for renewing me and for allowing me to see things anew today. Today I learned that when I am weak you are there. Today I learned that you will show me new things, even in the most uncomfortable of places. Thank you, Lord, for You.

When you feel the most uncomfortable, know that you may call on and rely upon the Lord, and He (and He alone) will be your source of comfort, guidance, strength and renewed peace to continue moving forward with the plans that He has for your life.

Written November 12, 2018 | Blogged November 11, 2018

Being Available to God

When we say that we are available to God, we make time and room for Him to move as He sees fit for our best purpose. This means we must first clear out old, dark places within our lives where we have allowed death and immobility to reside. “Get up! And get moving,” God says.

I’m Available…

“Use me, Lord to show someone the way and enable them to say…my storage is empty, and I am available to you.”

Listen: I’m Available by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

When we become obedient to God and allow Him to step into position in our lives, the glory of the Lord can be reflected in us, around us, and about us – allowing for His light to radiate within someone else’s life, motivating them to make room for God in a manner that incredibly changes their life as they begin moving forward in their God-driven purpose.

Allow God to begin a breaking away in your life that will promote healing, wisdom, and dramatic change as you serve Him in all that you do. For the eyes of the Lord search the earth to find one who is worthy [READING: 2 Corinthians 16:9a]. Can you be found?

PS – Kaye

A Far Cry from Grateful

Years ago I was a far cry away from where I want to be – in charge of my own life, running my own business, flexible and quiet Saturdays, living life with true freedom.

I’ve always been a passionate person; but sometimes passion superseded logic and a systematic, submissive approach that God required of me.

As I lay here in my bed on a quiet Saturday morning, I recall the challenges God took me through – the growing pains, the uncomfortable shedding of myself, the tests, frustrations, and conquests – I listen to the birds chirp outside of my window and smell the breath of the morning dew. I realize I am blessed and that I must be thankful wherever God places me while living out the greatness of each space He takes me through – be it mountaintop or valley low.

I have watched God miraculously change many things in my life. One of the biggest things was ME. And for that, I am truly grateful.

~Kaye~

Conquering the New Year’s Resolution

It’s another new year, which means the time is ripe for making a New Year’s resolution, right?? Each new year brings feelings of newness – a brand new perspective on life, family, and our passions. But this year, perhaps think of approaching your resolutions a little differently. Instead of making a laundry list of things that you’ve always tried to do and failed, make sure your forward goals are valuable and worth your time while breaking them into conquerable portions. Here’s how…

Conquering the New Year’s Resolution

  1. Think about what is meaningful and worth spending time and effort on. If we aren’t into it, we won’t conquer it. Ask yourself if it adds value to your life’s core.
  2. Write it down to produce a “Go-By.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 explains the importance of writing down our visions – promises – as a road map for attainable goals. When the time is right, your goals will manifest themselves. Writing a “Go-By” makes your goals memorable, attainable, and sustainable over the long-haul.
  3. Break it down. Commit to smaller or phased portions, thus making the goal measurable and conquerable. Don’t make the goal so broad (i.e. I am going to exercise or become a millionaire). When you commit to an over-sized or broad resolution, it just becomes a mundane, uninspiring task
  4. The key to a resolution is to have a sincere desire to perform better and to perfect an area of your life to create a level of freedom and happiness.

Understand the Term RESOLUTION:

Resolution is the act or process of resolving, as:

  • the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
  • the act of answering: solving
  • the act of determining

Ultimate Goal

Be determined to move forward! If you feel it is worthy of your time or it may be a value-add to your life, right then and there commit to doing it. Sometimes we think change is sooo hard, but we do things when we want. Psychologically, it takes 21 days of mentally committing to something new and continuously practicing it in order for it to become a new habit and ingrained into your daily lifestyle. So if you can commit to conquering the first 21 days of the new year, you can get it down for a lifetime!

3 Common New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Get more organized or balanced
  2. Get in Shape/Fit/Eat Healthy
  3. Launch that new biz, new project, or new hobby

What are your New Year’s Goals??

PS – 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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