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!!!!

The Power of Testimony

When we fail to tell people what the Lord has done in our lives; we fail at giving them opportunity to know and serve Him.

I get annoyed when I hear people say to a person sharing their experience with God, “You are always telling that story!”  Why?  Because there are so many texts in the Bible where generations of people fall away from the Almighty God because  – they did not know the Lord and what He had done for their fathers.  Think of the amazing things the Lord did for the Israelites – think about their deliverance from the Egyptians and how their children after them fell away to false gods!

The Word of God tells us that we overcome by the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb.  I am not inclined to think that this word of testimony is talking only about our salvation from sin and death; but every victory that we have won in the power of Christ!

No matter where you are, there is sure to be someone in the room who is deciding whether or not Christ is the answer for them.  You can not always know what people are struggling with, but you can rest assured that whatever He saved you from – there is someone else who needs to know His power in that same way!

I am always telling my children about the power of obedience to Christ.  I know for certain that my life would have been very, very different had I not heeded His call even though I did not like what He was calling me to!  So, whenever any of them have a decision to make my first question is, “Have you talked to the Lord about it?”  That is quickly followed up with my testimony, which they have heard now hundreds of times.  I don’t call it beating a dead horse – I call it reinforcing for them power, peace, victory and joy that comes when you obey.  If my children don’t obey God, it won’t be because I didn’t teach them.  They can never say that no one ever told them to just obey God.

19225458_1832950003388471_1539705968881985503_nThis photo is of my mother-in-love, Beatrice Evelyn Sorrell Chinn.  She passed away in 1996.  One of the most beautiful memories I have of my mother-in-law is her journals.  She wrote down her prayers for her children, her daughters-in-law, her grandchildren.

We found those journals after her death.  They served as a reminder to us that she trusted in God for all that concerned us and it reminded us to place our trust in Him as well.

Will your posterity know in whom you trusted?  I don’t know what your testimony is — but especially in your family and in your spheres of influence – Tell Your Story!  You were once blind – but now you see!  You were once lost – but now you’re found.

You were once ___________________________; but now you’re ________________________.  Tell It!


Joshua 2:10

And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers.  And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.  

Incarnational Love for One Another

Grateful to my friend, Pastor Terrence Autry, for sharing this with me

A great worldview. This pastor, Greg Boyd, says “We need to enter incarnationally into the grief of one another.” One way to interpret this is to say that we must weep with one another and deliberately try to enter in to what those of us who mother Black young men have to think about EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I really do have to carry the daily thought about whether or not my two Christ following; law abiding; degree carrying sons will be safe as they live among friends of other races who love them. But also have to live among a large part of society who thinks them worth what a dog is worth…

Yes, I trust God completely and know He loves, values, created and cares for them; but I’m also aware of the sin of the flesh and the hateful hearts of men …

This is a good word, in my opinion…

My dad …

 Really missing my dad today.

I was thinking about my wedding day. My dad chose my husband, Lloyd S. Chinn, he knew that Lloyd was the man for me and he knew that this guy was his son in law. When my wedding day came, however, he could not walk me down the aisle. He had his tux on and everything, and he told me he just couldn’t bear to do it – to give me to another man; even though he loved Lloyd like his own son. So my handsome nephew, Jacil Batties, gave me away. He walked me down so that I was standing shoulder to shoulder with my dad as he stood at the pew where he was seated.  When they asked who gave me away my dad looked directly at the preacher, Pastor Crawford W Kimble Sr., and said “her mother and I do”. He always treated Lloyd like his son – and never stopped treating me like his baby girl. I know he loved me until the day in 2010 that he left this earth.  For all the days that he was alive – I knew he cherished me!

I dream of him sometimes.  I hear his laugh often.  I see his smile in my nephew, Jonathan, and in my baby boy, Jeremy.  He didn’t want his best for me – He always wanted God’s best for me.  He loved me through my obstinate years and never brought the past up to punish or shame me.  He was a great life guide.  He was a great listener.  He had great big hands that I believed could handle most anything.  His love for me helped me to love and trust God.

Yes — I miss my dad today.