Before we get started… Hey, y’all. I can’t believe it’s been since April. Whew! Um… I really have no excuse. I’ve just allowed myself to become distracted by things that ultimately do not matter. And there it is. And I want to start this by saying that. I’ve always been very transparent on here, and that will never stop. So, before we begin… I don’t know how much I am going to share. Some things I have to save for a later time, but I hope to share enough to where you get some insight as to why I have been missing from here.
You know those first ten to twenty seconds when you first wake up in the morning. Those first seconds of total freedom. You are aware of your life, your beingness; but you aren’t yet aware of all the “other” going-on’s in your life. In those first grateful seconds, we are the most thankful that we’ve made it through our night, and we’ve reached our glorious morning. The morning that is only gifted to us by our Lord. These moments of perfect peace.
These past couple of weeks, God has been gathering me. Every time I turn around, He’s teaching me a new lesson, convicting me in areas that I’ve clearly missed the mark in.
Over the weekend, I traveled to Austin, TX to participate in the African American Book Festival. It was definitely a major milestone to be able to speak to a room full of book lovers and fellow writers, and to present my latest book “A Vision of Victory.”
For the next 30 days, I’ve decided to abstain from social media and sex. I’ve deleted all the apps from my phone and made a reluctant, if I am being honest, promise to God that I would not share the intimacy of my soul with another person.
“God won’t allow the enemy to keep lying to you. God will remind you of His promises. His promise to give you hope and a future!”
Chapter two of my new book, “A Vision of Victory,” is title Hear His Voice. In this chapter, I share some dark experiences from my past – places that I hid from everyone, or at least I thought so. At some point I’d contemplated suicide. My relationship with God was strained, and I’d distanced myself from my friends and family. I was right where the devil wanted me to be. But we serve a God who’s promised us victory, hope, and prosperity. You’ll read about how I was able to reclaim my victory and restore my position with God.
This past weekend, I traveled to Arkansas to a wedding. While I was there, I was able to meet with my family for dinner before I headed back to Texas. While at dinner, I was speaking with my niece (5), and she mentioned something got really got me emotionally upset. She mentioned how her and my nephews tease my older brother about his mental condition – he has schizophrenia. The said they call him “sick in the head.” Immediately, I corrected her. I looked her in the eyes and told her to never tease him in that way.
But in that moment, I found myself fighting back tears. I was hurt. Not necessarily hurt by my niece because she has to be taught how to treat people, but became emotional because of the heaviness of that burden my brother carries. To be honest, schizophrenia runs on my father’s side of the family. I pray for my brother every single day. I pray for my unborn children every single day. “Lord, break this family curse. Heal my brother. Restore His mind. I bind this curse from hindering my legacy – my children.”
It was an emotional experience for me because it let me know that I have to keep praying, keep believing, keep standing on God’s promises. James 5:14 says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” So, this blog is for anyone who is facing any sickness; whatever that sickness may be. Lets (spiritually) touch and agree that God will break those chains of sickness and generational curses. The enemy has no power to keep you or your family in bondage anymore. Believe that healing is flowing through you and your loved ones right now.
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them in their distress. He sent out His word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:19-21. I believe this word. I am crying out for God to pour out healing through my family’s bloodline. I’m receiving this blood transfusion – Jesus’ blood for ours. If you believe this friends, I God is pouring of healing and restoring those broken places right now. In Jesus name. Amen.
Isaiah 43: 18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” Happy NEW Year! Aren’t you glad God is doing a new thing in your life? If not, you most definitely should be. Let me tell you why.
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about obedience to God. I shared part of a story about a tough situation I was in a few months ago. This post picks up where that story left off. I’m sharing because I care about you all. Hopefully you’ll learn from my mistakes and never have to witness such pain as I did. Read, comment, and share…
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
James 4:2 “You have not because you ask not.”
The first thing on my mind this morning was James 4:2. I was getting ready to go to the gym and was just about to walk out the door, but God wouldn’t allow me to leave my house until I wrote this scripture down and posted it to the wall in my room. As I pondered over the reasons He would have me to do this, it suddenly became clear: He never wants me to forget it.