It was nice to finally get home from work today. I have been rehearsing and gearing up for my performance at St. Peters next Sunday. The Lord has truly been with the song selection and I am excited about doing an acoustic set with just me and the piano. It has been a long time coming that I would just sit and sing like I do at the house all the time. The songs have taken a different turn to a very mellow praise and worship vibe. I am looking forward to the engagement and worshiping with my teachers and friends who have helped carve my gift into what it is today. The Lord is great and greatly to be praised. I found a devotional by Cindy Hess Kasper title “A Perfect Fit” that I would like to leave with you tonight. I pray your Thursday has been a blessed one filled with amazing things. Take care & Stay encouraged
“What kind of skill set do you bring?” That question, posed in a job interview, was intended to determine if my friend would be a good fit for a position. My friend quickly did a mental review of his skills and talents, hoping to emphasize the unique characteristics he possessed that would contribute to the success of the company.
What if we already had the perfect set of skills required to accomplish what God wants us to do? Well—as a matter of fact—we do! The spiritual gifts we possess, along with our experiences, training, natural talents, and a submissive heart make up a unique individual who has the skills needed for the “good works” that God has “prepared beforehand” (Eph. 2:10). If God has something He wants to accomplish and that you feel He is calling you to do, He will provide what you need to complete the task. Or, as one paraphrase emphasizes, God wants us “to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do” (Eph. 2:10 The Message). The one thing He requires of us is that we “be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2).
Have you found a place in God’s service where you can be used of Him? Let’s “do good” and “be rich in good works” (1 Tim. 6:18).
Think not that you are limited Because of what you cannot do, But think instead of all you have— The talents God has given you. —D. De Haan Spiritual gifts are meant to be used, not admired.
Today I have chatted again with John Mates from the Brenda Brown Entertainment group. Everything is going well.. I will be speaking with him again tomorrow regarding a possible partnership for my existing material and definitely my upcoming album. The exciting thing about this is that there will be a plan and it will be carried out. The first round I was flying by the seat of pants and got burned a couple of times but the Lord is placing me in great company and I am excited about what is about to happen in my Ministry. There are many times in life where you feel you can do it all on your own but Help is always needed from the Lord. with that said I am going to share this devotional from Our Daily Bread with you titled "Help Needed". I pray it encourages you as it has me. Take care and & God bless you.
Help Needed During World War II, the British Isles represented the last line of resistance against the sweep of Nazi oppression in Europe. Under relentless attack and in danger of collapse, however, Britain lacked the resources to see the conflict through to victory. For that reason, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill went on BBC radio and appealed to the world: “Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” He knew that without help from the outside, they could not endure the assault they were facing.
Life is like that. Often, we are inadequate for the troubles life throws at us, and we need help from outside of ourselves. As members of the body of Christ, that help can come at times from our Christian brothers and sisters (Rom. 12:10-13)—and that is a wonderful thing. Ultimately, however, we seek help from our heavenly Father. The good and great news is that our God has invited us to come confidently before Him: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
At such times, our greatest resource is prayer—for it brings us into the very presence of God. There we find, in His mercy and grace, the help we need.
God has given you His promise, That He hears and answers prayer, He will heed your supplication If you cast on Him your care. Don’t let prayer be your last recourse in time of need; make it your first.
Today has been a very interesting day. I have connected with my producer Jordan McCleod and the project is in the rough mixing stages.. I will keep you posted as things develop. Our conversation was very positive and things are looking up and I am inviting you to pray with me that great success comes from the songs that the Lord has blessed me to write. With this said, I am sharing a devotional that one of my friends has shared with me from Our daily Bread… titled “By the Grace of God I am What I Am”
“By the Grace of God I Am What I Am”
By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain . . . 1 Corinthians 15:10 The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as, “Oh, I shouldn’t claim to be sanctified; I’m not a saint.” But to say that before God means, “No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are opportunities I have not had and so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.” That may sound wonderfully humble to others, but before God it is an attitude of defiance. Conversely, the things that sound humble before God may sound exactly the opposite of people. To say, “Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,” is in God’s eyes the purest expression of humility. It means you have so completely surrendered yourself to God that you know He is true. Never worry about whether what you say sounds humble before others or not. But always be humble before God, and allow Him to be you’re all in all. There is only one relationship that really matters and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life. With God, all things are possible……
I pray your Tuesday has been Terrific one. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you.
My past week has been very busy with church engagements and management talks. Last Friday night I attended the last night of the revival where I played for MOBC VOP (Voices of Praise)in Castle Oklahoma and on yesterday I played at the 3:00 service at Mt Horeb Baptist here in Tulsa where our Pastor was the guest speaker. I also accompanied the MOBC VOP. Both services were very uplifting and spirit filled. On the solo music ministry front, there has been some talk about doing promotion with the Brenda Brown Entertainment group. I have been speaking with John Mates who contacted me though facebook. There is nothing in stone as of yet but we had a real in depth conversation regarding the direction of my career and where things are going. I pray to connect with him soon and talk about more specific options regarding my upcoming album. The Lord is moving and I am truly blessed to be able to share what He is doing and what he will be doing. I have also connected with Ameir Smith who is represented by the Brenda Brown Entertainment firm. The Lord is using him and our philosophies are very similar about the music and praise to our Lord. It is great to connect with people that is on the same side and working for God. Alignment of friendships are very important in my Christian walk. As Pastor said in his sermon the other day we must be careful about false teachings. So at this point I have been asking the Lord for discernment with my endeavors and my inner circle. I have a weakness for trusting in people who do not truly love and care about me or my ministry. So with that said I am going to leave you with this scripture.. Jude 24-25. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To God our savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power. Both now and forever. Amen..
I am just getting home from my afternoon services. the service was amazing and my day was truly blessed. I have been reading and i found a great devotional that I would like to share with you tonight. I pray that it encourages you. Titled “The viral Gospel”
The term “viral video” refers to a short clip posted on the Internet that spreads rapidly as the link is sent from one person to another. The video may be funny, inspiring, or thought provoking, and it can quickly spread around the world and be seen by millions of people. It’s an advertiser’s dream, but few marketing experts are able to exploit it. Lacy Kemp wrote: “How do you make something spread like wildfire? The answer is that you can’t. It’s not something to plan for or else everyone would be doing it. It has to be awesome enough on its own to get there.”
The gospel of Jesus Christ is “viral” in the way it spreads from one person to another. After Stephen, a leader in the early church, was stoned for his faith, the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem were persecuted and forced to leave their homes (Acts 8:1-3). Instead of fearfully holding back, these Christians told people about Him wherever they went. “Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the Word” (v.4).
When we truly know Christ we cannot keep the good news about Him to ourselves. Even in the most challenging circumstances, we want to keep on telling others about our Savior and Lord.
Lord, You have been so gracious to save us and give us eternal life. We love You and want to tell everyone we can about Your amazing grace. Lead us, we pray. Spread the gospel; it’s contagious!
At the revival that I played at on 8.10.2012. My Pastor preached a very powerful sermon titled " A Warning from Jude". I would like to share my notes with you.. I loved this sermon as it truly is what is going on in the world today.
Scripture: A Warning from Jude 5-13, The only way we are going to Heaven is if we are confessed believers. Jude deals with warnings.. and makes a firm stance.. (2 Peter:1-2, 3:3, Referenced) We should not be alarmed by what be hear.. The bible is being fulfilled. Jude's subject is apostasy - the great falling away from Christ. Jude v5 warning of unbelief.. He gives us examples 1) fallen Angeles that fell with Satan the are reserved in chains until the day of judgement. 3) Sodom and Gomorrah was punished with fire for their sexual immoralities. This generation will be judged as well. Pastor noted that we must be preached too so that we will not be caught off guard. 4) False teachers we must be aware of their teachings because they pretend to be something they are not.. Many of these people were placed in local positions (just like today).. They reject those who taught the true Gospel in the church. However, Ye shall know the truth because it will set you free.. They base things on what they know from the natural and not as spiritual stand point. 5) Cain is referenced in the book of Jude due to his pride and self righteousness. We must remember: If it is not what our God requires it is not good enough. 6) Korah rebelled against those who was in authority and were appointed by God. The bible tells us to touch not thine anointed..Remember: We must abide in God.. Let's quit going to the show when we go to church.. Everything we do should glorify God. I was truly inspired by the sermon and I was blessed to be involved accompanying the Voices of Praise. I do pray that your Saturday has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
If you are in a rough time in your life.. remember that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us and know that Helps is on the way.. Here is a thought that was sent to me today that I must share with you simply titled “Help is on the Way”
Help Is On The Way! When 33 miners were trapped in a Chilean mine deep under the earth’s surface, I wonder if they felt totally lost and doomed to a slow and painful death. Imagine how they must have been filled with joy when they got a message from above that the rescue team knew exactly where they were and that the process of getting them out had already begun!
There are times in all of our lives when we feel like we’re stuck in a really bad place. Anxious and alone, we despair that we are out of options and that no one understands where we really are in life. But in such moments we need to remember God’s comforting words to the early Christians who were stuck in a world where Satan’s presence dominated all that was around them: “I know . . . where you dwell” (Rev. 2:13). Their situation had not escaped the heavenly Father’s notice. And as they were faithful to Him, He would sustain them until He rescued them and brought them safely home (v.17).
The fact that God knows where you are and that He is very much aware of the difficult situation you are in provides the confidence and strength needed to live for His glory. So be encouraged. Remember God’s words of comfort. Help is on the way!
You know the struggles that we face, Lord. You know just what we need to endure them. Give us the confidence to trust You because of Your goodness and to walk by faith. Amen. Our greatest hope here below is help from God above.
I was sent this today and thought I would share it with you. I pray that it changes your perspective. I pray your Thursday has been a blessed one filled with amazing things. Take care & Stay encouraged.
A Little Perspective A college student wrote a startling letter to her parents:
Dear Mom and Dad:
I have so much to tell you. Because of the fire in my room set by rioting students, I suffered lung damage and had to go to the hospital. While there, I fell in love with an orderly. Then I got arrested for my part in the riots. Anyway, I’m dropping out of school, getting married, and moving to Alaska.
Your loving daughter
PS: None of this really happened, but I did flunk a chemistry class, and I wanted you to keep it in perspective.
We might question this student’s method of breaking bad news to her parents, but her approach highlights a truth: Proper perspective is essential.
When Paul encouraged the church in Corinth, he wrote a litany of his own very real trials and tribulations. To gain perspective, he shifted his focus to the eternal. “Our light affliction,” he said, “is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
In some ways, our perspective is more important than our experiences. Paul continued, “The things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (v.18). Our sufferings will diminish in importance when compared to the glory that awaits us.
He promised no immunity from “chance”; Instead, a cross with adverse circumstance; Yet we may toil with joy in all we do, For life is brief—eternity’s in view.
The supreme need in every hour of difficulty is a vision of God.
Driving In the Dark I’ve always thought that I could get through just about anything if the Lord would tell me what the outcome would be. I believe that “all things work together for good” in the end (Rom. 8:28), but I’d do a lot better in dark times if I knew exactly what the “good” would look like.
But God usually doesn’t show us where He is taking us. He just asks us to trust Him. It’s like driving a car at night. Our headlights never shine all the way to our destination; they illuminate only about 160 feet ahead. But that doesn’t deter us from moving forward. We trust our headlights. All we really need is enough light to keep moving forward.
God’s Word is like headlights in dark times. It is full of promises we need to keep us from driving our lives into the ditch of bitterness and despair. His Word promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). His Word assures us that He knows the plans He has for us, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give us “a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11). And He tells us that our trials are there to make us better, not bitter (James 1:2-4).
So the next time you feel as if you’re driving in the dark, remember to trust your headlights—God’s Word will light your way.
The Word of God provides the light We need to see the way; It shows us what we need to know So we won’t go astray. You won’t stumble in the dark if you walk in the light of God’s Word.
Rearview Mirror Reflections I’ve always thought that you can see the hand of God best in the rearview mirror. Looking back, it’s easier to understand why He placed us in the home that He did; why He brought certain people and circumstances into and out of our lives; why He permitted difficulties and pain; why He took us to different places and put us in various jobs and careers.
In my own life, I get a lot of clarity (though not perfect clarity—that’s heaven’s joy!) about the wise and loving ways of God as I reflect on the ways He has managed my journey by “the works of [His] hands” (Ps. 92:4). With the psalmist, it makes me glad and strikes a note of joy in my heart to see how often God has assisted, directed, and managed the outcomes so faithfully (Ps. 111).
Looking ahead, though, is not always so clear. Have you ever had that lost feeling when the road ahead seems twisted, foggy, and scary? Before you move into next year, stop and look in the rearview mirror of the year gone by, and joyfully realize that God meant it when He said, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’ ” (Heb. 13:5-6).
With the promise of God’s presence and help in mind, you can move ahead into 2013 with utmost confidence.
Shall not He who led me safely Through the footsteps of this day Lead with equal understanding All along my future way? God’s guidance in the past gives courage for the future.
I pray your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.