Planting Seeds

A few days ago I planted my seeds for my vegetable garden to be transplanted in the spring. During this process, I learned a few things about my spiritual walk.

1. Preparation. I had to prepare the soil by placing the proper amount in the small container and watering it so it will become moist, providing the proper foundation for my seeds. I realized that everything I have been through was a process of preparation for what God wants to do in and through my life. All of the pain, hurt, good and bad of the last 44 years…and what I learned from it…has laid the proper foundation for my destiny to unfold.

2. Patience. As my back was hurting because I was sitting on a stool, I was profoundly aware that I couldn’t rush through the process. I had to follow the instructed steps for each (24) tiny pots to make sure my seeds would sprout at they were created. Lord knows I have struggled with impatience! I have finally grasped the meaning of “let patience have it’s perfect work” because when I do, the result is perfectly beautiful. When I stepped back and looked at the planted seeds, I was proud at what I had accomplished and excited about the future of the plants that will be.

3. Timing. As I read the back of the packages, each seed had a different time frame for when the they would sprout as well as when they would be ready for harvest. I was reminded that everything in my life has its perfect timing and that timing is determined only by God. So no matter how fast I want a result, now matter how weary I may get, I must completely trust in God and His timing. God’s timing is perfect and just like the timing for these seeds to be full grown and harvested is already established, so are the blessings and destiny for my life.

Maybe you’re in the planting stage of your journey. Maybe you’re in the waiting stage. Or maybe you’re in the harvesting stage. Regardless of what stage you’re in, trust God, trust the process and trust His timing. Then step back and witness the perfectness of it all.


From Worrier to Warrior

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NKJV

I don’t know about you but sometimes when I read this verse I say to myself “yeah right”. Then I think about all of the things that seem to require me to be anxious until I’m lead actress in a movie in my mind where the main characters are anxiety, worry and insanity. That is until the Holy Spirit nudges me to knock it off.

Anxiousness is the state experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an event or something that hasn’t even happened yet.

We aren’t called to be worriers…we’re called to be warriors. Worriers just let things happen. Warriors attack. Here are three steps to help you apply this verse to your life and go from worrier to warrior:

1. Tell God what you need. Don’t just blurt out why you’re worried, examine the core and share that with Him. Ask Him to help you.
2. Purposefully push the worry and anxiety out of your mind by doing what the next verses say: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT
3. Be still and quiet until you find the peace He gives. It can feel calm, warm, comforting and even make you smile.

Now stay here.


The Big Picture

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Every time I look at this photo I hear the words “big picture”. Some of you are going through a difficult time right now and it’s painful and draining.

When we are in pain it’s so easy to focus on the thing that is causing the pain. The problem is that sometimes we don’t even know the cause of the pain, we just pinpoint all the things in life that I could be causing it. This takes our energy and exacerbates the issues as well as the pain.

Looking at the picture, if you squint you can pinpoint a single house. Now think about the energy and focus you had to use to actually see it. Do you realize that every thing else in the picture becomes blurry or disappears while your looking at that one tiny house? That’s exactly how it is when we’re so focused on our pain…everything else becomes blurry.

But if you can find the strength to step back, not focus on the immediate circumstances and see the big picture, it will relieve some of that pain and distress. Trust me, it will work if you let it!


Now & Next

Are you in search of your calling? Or wondering if you’ve missed your calling?

Along our life’s journey, the question of one’s calling or purpose eventually comes up. “How do I know my calling? How do I step into my purpose?”

1 Kings 19:19 reads “So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.”

Elisha wasn’t necessarily looking for his “calling or purpose” He was simply completing his assignment during his current season of life. God knew how and where to find him. He knew Elisha was in a field plowing.

Here’s a secret shared by Steven Furtick: “Your attitude and approach toward what you’re doing NOW is more important than your speculation about what’s NEXT.”

Now, you may be wondering how plowing could be connected to his calling as a prophet?” Steven Furtick shares “there’s always a connection between what you’re doing NOW and what you’ll be doing NEXT. Elisha’s training in tilling hard dirt prepared him for tilling hard hearts.

Do you find yourself so focused on what is coming NEXT that you neglect what God is doing NOW? If so, you may be interfering in the process that God is using to prepare you for the promise.

Faith enables you to believe in the connection between your NOW and your NEXT even when you can’t see it.” What you need for the NEXT season is what God is doing NOW.
 


Lost

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Recently I watched a show called “Long Lost Family”. It’s a show about people finding their birth parents. In this particular episode, a woman was found who had given up her daughter 35 years prior.

She had an affair with a married man who basically tricked her into making her feel as if she had no choice but to give the baby up for adoption. She didn’t even hold her daughter becauze she knew it would be too painful.

She reasoned with herself that she could have more children because she was so young. At the age of 21, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had a hysterectomy. Growing up Catholic, she painfully accepted the fact that not having children was her penance for giving away her daughter.

As her face became flushed and her eyes filled with tears, the years of burying the shame, regret and unbearable pain was clear and undeniable.

In that moment, I saw it! I saw God’s restorative power in that woman’s life that moved me to tears!

Although this woman sinned, made bad decisions, got tangled up with a snake and suffered huge concequences, she was about to meet her daughter to experience something extremely powerful.

She was about to recover what she thought she’d forever lost…a child. To sweeten the deal, she would be blessed to know and love 3 grandchildren!

GOD IS ABLE AND HE IS A RESTORER! He takes what is meant for our harm and turns it around for our good and His glory! As if that isn’t enough, He gives us back MORE than we lost!

I don’t care what you’ve done, how long you’ve been going through or what anyone else has ever told you! Put all of your hope and trust in God and watch what He does in your life!  It will likely not ever be how or when you expect it, but when you depend on the Lord of all creation, He will do exceedingly more than you ever dreamed!


Get Up

This morning, I got up.

Now I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal, certainly not post worthy but let me explain. My awesome, kind, loyal, compassionate, amazing, handsome and committed husband gets up at 5am each morning to drive well over an hour to get to work by 7am. He’s been doing it for almost 10 years.

Me, I tend to get up with JUST enough time to do what I need to to get out of the house. I channel my inner David Copperfield and magically accomplish this feat in 20-30 mins. Yes, really. I LOVE my sleep (although, at times I feel it doesn’t love me back). It’s monumentally difficult for me to get up and out of bed.

Lately we’ve been on a green smoothie kick. We love how they make us feel and know we’re treating our bodies right with all of the fruits and veggies we ingest. When I’m on my game I make them at night before bed so they’re ready for my husband in the morning…and myself fitting beautifully into my magical morning routine. But due to several mishaps, I have woken up with my husband and…well…rather enjoyed the early morning feeling. So, I made the smoothies then.

I planned to do so this morning but last night I was tired and I just wanted to climb in bed and get to dreamland. Needless to say, this morning I couldn’t get up. My husband, being the kind, patient, understanding, non-offending man he is, doesn’t think twice and lets me sleep. But it bothered me. Somewhere between dreamland and awake-land, I felt a whisper in my soul saying “he’s worth getting up for, he always there for you, push yourself and show your love”. It was so clear, I jumped up and I got out of bed

My husband ended up sending me back to bed but I couldn’t go back to sleep because the divine download kept replaying in my mind and I had to write this post.

How many times has God shown up for you? How many situations has He worked out on your behalf? How many times have you cried out to Him and He was right there? Maybe not how you wanted or expected Him to show up, work things out and be there, but He has ALWAYS been there. Even more so than my husband is for me, God always has been and always will be there for you. He loves you.

Grab hold to this promise of ultimate faithfulness. If you’re in a place right now where you don’t feel God, reach out to Him, He’s there. When we feel distant from God, we’re the ones that moved. So move back. His grace and mercy is everlasting.

How do I know? Because He even sent His son Jesus to prove how very much He loves you. He says YOU’RE worth getting up for!


TEN

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Today is exactly 10 days until the 10th Anniversary Celebration for Alimayu Ministries. Do you see a theme? Yes, it’s the number 10. As I lay awake last night unable to sleep, begging and pleading with God to PLEASE put me to sleep, He whispered that He had something better than sleep in store.

The Lord of all creation wanted to download some things in my spirit. While my objective was to be able to drift off into la-la land, complete with snores and slobber, the Lord’s objective was to share with me a few things He’s had in the works these last 10 years.

You see, the Biblical significance of the number 10 is the completion or perfection of God’s divine order. Because 10 is the start of an entirely new order of numbers and the completion of single digit numbers simultaneously, it symbolizes both a beginning and an ending.

God spoke softly to my inner me during the wee hours of the night and well into the early hours of the morning, revealing to me that now is the end of the struggling, the end of the doubting and the end of the sowing for this ministry. He imparted that this is the beginning of divine connections, of promises coming to pass, and of reaping what had been sown the past 10 years.

As if that wasn’t enough, God encouraged, invigorated, inspired and strengthened me by providing a glimpse into the next 10 years…new changes, favor, direction, freedom, innovativeness, success, original strategies and more grace. He’s pouring into me an optimistic mindset and an increase in confidence and determination, enhanced by my authentic individuality.

Tears are welling up in my eyes as I type this post. I feel Him so strongly, gently nudging me and leading me and it’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever known. I believe that those connected to this ministry will share in the newness of what God is doing. Freedom and healing will abound that will bless us all to enter into new heights in our relationship with God and in the manifestation of our destinies. In Jesus’ name!


Secret Weapons

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“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’ ” (1 Samuel 17:45)

Life is full of challenges and wrought with unexpected twists and turns. It can be enough at times to leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused and downright fearful. We face our own giants every day.

We are blessed to have been given secret weapons. These weapons are the power of faith, trust and perspective. 

Re-read the passage above. David could have easily believed the so called facts. Goliath was HUGE, the army was massive and he had no real training in battle.

But he instead chose to stand on his faith, trust in his Father and see the situation as God saw it (perspective). He knew NOTHING was greater than having God on his side.

And guess what? God is on your side just as He was David’s! Be like David today and stand strong using your secret weapons against whatever situation you’re facing. Then watch your giants fall.

Be Encouraged!



Testimony

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Today I woke up with a song on my heart. “As I look back over my life and I think things over, I can truly say that I’ve been blessed, I’ve got a testimony”.

How true this is! And while there isn’t enough time and space right now to tell it all, trust me, I have many testimonies! But overall, I can clearly see how far I’ve come and how far God has brought me.

Especially amidst challenges and trials of life, it’s important for us to keep this perspective. Even if we’ve made recent mistakes, that mistake…or two…or even ten…doesn’t negate our progress!

Take time today and look back over your life and thing things over. Reflect on the many ways you’ve been blessed. Visualize how far you’ve come and realize that you, I, we ALL have a TESTIMONY!