What Are You Proud Of?

Ephesians 6: 4

In the Christian life, there is a truth that we don’t like to admit …. We Think We’re Better Than Someone!  I mean not me … but y’all!  LOL!!

Recently a friend of mine was teaching from Revelations and he was so open with us about the fact that we, children of God, have a weakness about thinking that people who are not like us are worse or less than us. 

If you’re making a commitment to walk with people who are trying to build their relationship with Christ or with people who want to know Him, you will encounter people who struggle with a sin or temptation; probably a sin or temptation that you too have struggled with.  Be careful not to think too much of you. Don’t ever forget that it was God’s work in you which allowed you to overcome.

When I first became active in ministry, I remember having aview that we needed to reach every single person.  It was mostly because I hadn’t always walkedfully with The Lord, so I believed that the only way it could happen was if ourdoors were open to others.  I learnedlater that it was the power of God that moved His Holy Spirit to open people’seyes and moved their hearts.  But I alsolearned that if new believers in Christ never saw someone that reflected whatOur Savior is, they’d not move closer to Him. 

I am known by those who have come in close relationship with me to be REAL! I’m not afraid to tell my story and talk about the weaknesses and sins that I have overcome.  I’m not afraid to talk about the things I struggle with right now, that the Lord is bringing me through.  Here’s the deal – I just don’t find myself better than anyone! My Victory is in Jesus, He is my Savior forever. “He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me before I knew Him and all my love is due Him. He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.” (I know! I love hymns)

Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of.

Galatians 6:4

Father, Create in us hearts that are not haughty and prideful but that are clean and pure. Give us the hearts of flesh so that we will not think ourselves above any man. Humble us when we puff ourselves up. Teach us to walk with one another and to gird up one another in Christian love. Remind us that the most important work that we ever do is submitting ourselves to You; believing and submitting to The Savior, Jesus Christ; and yielding our hearts and minds to The Holy Spirit.  Having You in us is the only thing that we can ever be proud of!

51 ….

I’ll start this off my saying to my great-niece, Brittny … “Tag, I’m it!” LOL! She knows what I mean! Love you, BK!

51 years since the day that I was born. I must testify that it has been an amazing and wonderful thing to walk with Him; to talk with Him; to tell Him that I am His own! The joy we share as we tarry there (in His presence) non other has ever known! (Do any of you know this hymn? )

I woke up knowing what God is expecting from me and knowing that He will strengthen me and guide me to get it done because it is for the sake of His glory! Knowing that my life has Kingdom purpose just blows my mind!

Many times any of us can feel that we are not worthy to do what God wants done. But He doesn’t call us to do anything because we are worthy, but because it is His plan! The deal is that Our Father has created each one of us anew as the Holy Spirit within us moved us to believe in Christ! Amazing! Our Salvation then moves our hearts to want to serve Him with every gift and talent that Our Creator has given us! Amazing! Our lives are a free gift from the Most High God. Our lives are moved by His power. Our life purpose; our calling; our passion …. all of these things are for the sake of His Kingdom .. not for the sake of our own glory.

My brother-in-law, Dr. Reginald W. DeVaughn Sr., preached an amazing message on New Years Eve. He made it very clear that when we say that we want to be successful we cannot be misled to believe that that means we’ve made lots of money, received lots of praise from some man, or even that we live or drive something better than others. We must understand that being successful means that we have given the lives that He has given us Back To Him!

Each year is a huge blessing to me! I get so excited just to think about the fact the The Lord, Himself, created me. I wake up on my birthday and am overjoyed that The Creator of the Universe, formed me specially! (2 Corinthians 5: 17) I get excited further when I reflect on the fact that the reason I am in Christ Jesus, is not because of my ability to believe … but because of God’s power and His plan to redeem me.

Thank You, God, for allowing me to survive another year and to dwell on this earth for 51 years! Thank you for making me sure that I was to live a life of full time ministry, even when I had other plans! Thank you for my husband who has been with me for more than 1/2 of my life! Thank you for blessing me with a ministry partner, Lloyd Chinn, who is also my Christian life partner. Thank You for creating me as a woman. Thank You for allowing your Holy Spirit to move in my heart and lead me to Jesus Christ. Thank You for moving my heart to submit and to serve you for the rest of my life! Lord, I’m having a Happy Birthday … because You love me; You walk with me; You talk with me; You tell me that I am Your own!

God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.

Ephesians 2: 10

Resolutions for 2019 based in Memories from 2018

These lessons from 2018 are some that I learned; was reminded of; consulted others to do; or, keep on my living list. I pray that the list is a blessing to you!   

  1. Read the entire Bible through the year. There are many plans to guide you, but just walk through the Word so that you can know Our God deeply. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; … and so many more!**A great reading plan  is https://my.bible.com/reading-plans/2053-as-it-happened
  2. Know God deeply so that you can share who He is with everybody! (1 Peter 3:15 … and so many more!)
  3. Trust His Faithfulness. This is the only way to testify about it! (Proverbs 3: 5-6 … and so many more!)
  4. Live in Joy! Happiness is based upon an event; chemicals; muscles; nerves in our lives … but not joy! Joy has nothing to do with happiness, joy is a feeling produced by the Holy Spirit! In other words joy is from seeing the beauty of our Savior, Jesus Christ as we pay attention to His Word and His Work. (James 1:2 … and so many more!)
  5. Family: Appreciate and Love them. Yes, I know that you can get disappointed but always know that you cannot have positive effect on people you separate from or hate. (Proverbs 22:6; Genesis 2:24; Psalm 128: 3; Joshua 24: 15; 1 Timothy 3: 14; Ephesians 3: 14-15; … and so many more!)
  6. Do What He’s Called You To Do! It’ll be greatly above your personal skills and knowledge, but He will use you to do it if you submit to His power. (Colossians 4:17 … and so many more!)
  7. Enjoy your opportunities. Sometimes weird events or unknown folk will make you want to run! Don’t run! Step in and be amazed by what God will do in and for you! (Romans 8: 28 … and so many more!)
  8. Be healed. Healing from illness and also healing from being hurt. Hurt happens – don’t wallow in it. Give the hurts to God and allow Him to work in you. A healed you will bless others – a hurting you will hurt others. (Psalm 147: 3; Psalm 6: 2; 1 Peter 2: 24; Isaiah 53: 5; … and so many more! … study the Word of God, you’ll be encouraged!)
  9. Be life. Speak in a way that a gives life to people. Act in ways that bring life to people’s situations. (John 15: 12, 13; Matthew 5: 16; Romans 12: 13; … and so many more!
  10. Be love. In situations where you might be tempted to lash out; to get vengeance; etc – choose to be love. Care – really care – for other people. (1 John 4: 7-8 … and so many more!)
  11. Feed your soul. Study the Word of God, talk to the Lord, Listen to the Lord, Fellowship with other believers. (1 Peter 2: 1, 2… and so many more!)
  12. Don’t think more of yourself than you ought. At the end of the day it is His mercy; His grace; and His gifting – humility is necessary and healthy. (Philippians 2: 3-4; 1 Peter 5: 5-6; Micah 6: 8 … and so many more!)
  13. Discover why God created you and walk in it. No other human can do what God has created you to do – so do it! (Psalm 8: 4-6; Ephesians 1: 11-12; 1 Peter 2: 9 … and so many more!
  14. Celebrate other people’s Christ lives. When the faith of your friends increase; when a person accepts Christ as Savior; when a person experiences God’s faithfulness in difficulty; and many more examples! (Colossians 3: 12-14; John 15: 12-15; … and so many more!)
  15. Understand what a big payoff is. A few examples: His favor; His grace; His mercy; etc. Money and promotion are good … buy they don’t even lightly compare to His hand on your life! (Joshua 1: 9; Lamentations 3: 22 – 23; Matthew 11: 28; … and so many more!)
  16. Ask for more grace. Extend more grace. Grow in His grace. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9; Ephesians 6:7; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 4:10; … and so many more!)
  17. Live in His image. When others see you, they should know you live for Him. (Genesis 1: 26-27; 1 Corinthians 11:7; … and so many more!)
  18. Speak in His image. Speak truth. When others hear you speak, they should know you live for Him. Be honest. Speak the Truth – the Word of God.  (1 John 3:18, 4:6; John 4:24; … and so many more!)
  19. Study The Word Of God. Spend Time With The Almighty God. Live A Life That Brings Worship To Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Rely Upon The Strength And Power Of The Holy Spirit.   

**The Scriptures listed above are quite minimal … but a good start for you! 

Happy New Year!!!!

Carrying Out His Calling … No Matter What!

Howdy from France!

Our first work stop was in the town of Strausbourg. It’s was cold for a Texan girl (just about 50 degrees and under) but I’ve got a jacket. I also have an orange hat that was crocheted for me by an amazing friend of mine (thank you Wessilee!). It’s been a little rainy so we had to get an umbrella; and, of course, I’m wearing my hat and there’s a hood on my jacket – so no complaints.

A few difficulties:

  • I’ve had some headaches
  • I’ll need to have some things with my eyes/vision checked out. My two eyes are very different from one another
  • It seems that one of the medications make me very drowsy and dizzy.
  • The vertigo is not gone 

OK, family/friends – the list below is my testimony for the first part of the trip:

  • God is good! God is faithful! God is powerful! God is merciful! God is gracious! God’s Healing Is REAL!
  • We had effective and encouraging times with the two missionary families that we were here to meet with
  • I am managing well and I’ve been able to live out my responsibilities in my role.
  • I have been able to remember most things that are said to me; including names (SMILE)
  • I have been able to communicate in ways that make sense (my funny vocabulary is just … funny)
  • Not ONE Seizure!!! Not one!!! Not One! NOT ONE!!!

Y’all – this seizure trial has come for sure! But, my Father has already overcome it, which means I cannot worry! This trip overseas will be alright and I’ll be able to step back into my role 100% very soon because I LOVE Him; and because I am answering a call from Him! It’s all about Him and it is not always easy.

Keep praying! We took about 4 hours in 2 flights from Strausbourg and then drove about two hours to reach the next city.

I’m looking forward to sending you a new testimony. In fact, I’m looking forward to being a Jesus testimony to my doctor’s office. Wouldn’t it be just incredible to see people on the neurologic team come to know Jesus!?!?

Father I want to honor You with my whole life, and at the end, when I stand before Your judgment seat – I want to hear You say well done. I refuse to live a life rejecting the great plans that You have for me! I am embracing Your best for me and, by faith, I am committed to complete the task that You have placed before me! I commit to finish well. Lord, You have done Your part by redeeming me through the blood of Christ; and equipping me with Your Holy Spirit. I will not neglect my part to submit to the difficulties, the setbacks, the disappointments and the pain, NO! I will look ahead to the day when I’ll meet You face to face. I am determined to allow You, my Lord, to develop within me a heart that can stand. I am committed to ask You to move in Your power and ignite Your passion in me to live for Your pleasure and for ultimate joy! I won’t give out – I won’t give in! (1 Corinthians 6:20; Deuteronomy 6:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 4:7; Acts 20:24; Philippians 3: 12 – 16)

Walking in Faith NOT Fear!

Saturday, December 1st!! I know that is tomorrow, but I will have completed the 6 weeks that the hospital appoints me.  But today – November 30th, there’s been a blessing!!

Good news:

  • Last weekend I had a fellowship the Saturday after Thanksgiving that was very encouraging to me. It was a time with our Ghanaian friends/family from all over Houston; that just lifted me up!
  • I cooked gumbo.  Lloyd said it was great.
  • I tasted a Whataburger Jr. LOL! I liked it more than Sonic but do no understand why people would eat it regularly
  • And the best news is … The difficulties are not bothering me!!! Vertigo, tiredness, vocabulary, recognition of people … they are still there but I feel ABSOLUTELY blessed!  

Lloyd has been pretty clear that we were going overseas in our job soon.  I didn’t really believe it, but the doctor’s office called me  to let me know it was necessary to ensure that I’m ready to return full time to my job.  The doctors office also let me know that they have been communicating this to Lloyd which means, I’m on a plane!! We are going to France (NO! not Paris) to visit three missionaries who are learning French in preparation for their work in Africa. 

I was a little scared at first, but I was reminded by my Spiritual Director, Minister Denise Foxx, to remember that I have not had a seizure in six weeks AND I haven’t had even an airplane seizure since the Lord placed me under the care of this neurological team.  I believe in The Amazing Almighty God! I trust Him! Yes, I do! He has guided me and He will keep me.  Y’all … pray for me!

When I return from the trip, I will be meeting with the surgeon as soon as I get off the plane … literally! He wants me to land and drive straight to the Houston Medical Center.  I love the relationship I have with them, and God’s impact on them through lil’ old me! 5 days after meeting with the surgeon I have an appointment with the neurologist.    It is not over yet!

I know that The One who is healing me is worthy of all praise.  In fact, I know that The Almighty God has healed me of the seizures and sent me through surgery because I can let others understand the work of Our Father in medical care. I’ve had six weeks without ONE seizure! The Holy Comforter has kept me in my right mind. The Great I AM reminded me day by day that I am a child of the King who is!!  

My Father, my Lord, the fullness of my joy is in Your presence! You receive my praise each and every single day!  You have loved me, My Father. You have called me to be a saint and have, through Jesus Christ, given me grace and peace. I’m rejoicing today because I know, with no doubt, that you will keep me firm until the end. I know that Your hand keeping me will help me to be blameless when Jesus Christ is looking at me! My Father, you are so faithful. I am grateful beyond my own understanding that You have called me into fellowship with Your Son, My Savior, Jesus Christ.  Traveling across the ocean is a place that You will keep me. Using me to serve people who have been called by you into missions, I know you will use me strongly for the sake of Your Kingdom.   (Proverbs 3: 23 – 24; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1: 8-9)