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Sometimes in life you just need to take the time to enjoy the SIMPLE PLEASURES that our LORD and SAVIOR has so graciously blessed us with. For example, this past weekend my family and I were suppose to visit family in Louisiana but unfortunately the weather was too unstable for us to make the trip. Instead, we decided to make an impromptu trip to THE SMOKIES in Tennessee.
The mountain experience was simply breathtaking. As we crossed over the state lines from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee, I was more and more in AWE of the masterpiece that was before us…the masterpiece that we were driving into for the ULTIMATE ENCOUNTER!
WOW! Look at the ridges and how the mountains appear to connect with the sky. AHHH, as I said to myself, “Lord, thank you for loving me so much that you would create such a place for me to experience. And to think I am also a part of your masterpiece. WOW, what an honor to KNOW HOW MUCH YOU SIMPLY LOVE ME with great assurances by your natural creations!”
We stopped off as we were driving through the mountains to get a better view from the overlook. How exciting it was to witness a High School football team from another state. They were at the same overlook and were being ministered to by their coaches!
Though I was taking pictures of the scenery, I couldn’t help but to listen in on a little of what the coaches were saying to these young men. Their trip was a part of their training…not just physically but spiritually. The team was alert and attentive to not only the view that was before them but the Spirit that was ministering to them. I was impressed and felt privileged to have had the opportunity to get a glimpse of their experience. When my children are ready to play sports, I desire coaches like those gentlemen…coaches who know “OUR FATHER, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN and the importance of SIMPLE PLEASURES that offer GREAT ASSURANCES IN CHRIST!” And get this…they were NOT A CHRISTIAN BASED SCHOOL. It was a PUBLIC SCHOOL! I’m sure there are some parents that would probably cringe to think of such an exposure through public school sport, but this is DESPERATELY needed to be practiced in my opinion.
We got back in the car and continued on our journey. As we continued, it started to rain. Of course, being in the mountains where signs are posted to watch for falling rocks and constant curves there was a clear message being delivered to me. In every life a storm shall form, yet know that HE has already provided a refuge (a tunnel) for you. It’s a way out of NO WAY to get you to the other side if you simply stay the course and continue to move forward.
Oh my, can you see the overcast and the reflection of some sunlight still smiling through and reflecting on the clouds above? I see that as God saying to us, “Though it may be cloudy sometimes and darkness shall come, remember there is ALWAYS light, just through the tunnel and around the corner. For as long as you allow Me to reside in you and you in ME, there WILL ALWAYS BE LIGHT and simple pleasures with GREAT ASSURANCES for now and forevermore! Enjoy all that I have placed before you.”
Success is the achievement of something planned or attempted. Apprehension is a feeling of anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen. HMM…For me personally, I have allowed myself for years to be arrested by this thing that I coined in my spirit as ‘Success Apprehension.’ FINALLY, I came to a point in my life where God said, “NO MORE SWEETHEART.” “You will no longer confuse yourself. It is time for you to come out of the place of complacency/HIDING while thinking that the things I have spoken to you are to be handled by others, whom YOU have deemed more qualified. I declare that YOU shall fulfill that which I have called you to because you have freely professed to be willing to follow me. And let me lovingly remind you that it was I, WHO PURPOSED YOU. As long as you submit your will to MY Will, child of mine, I shall see you through!”
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of PEACE and NOT OF EVIL, to GIVE YOU a FUTURE AND a HOPE!” – Jeremiah 29:11
I am so very pleased that HE has never left me or forsaken me, especially during my times of willing disobedience towards fulfilling that which I KNOW (as you may know for yourself) HE has called me to. You see, you can always find REASSURANCE of HIS LOVE and SUPPORT in HIS WORDS for you.
Success + Apprehension = CONFUSION! “For God is not the author of confusion but of PEACE.” – 1 Corinthians 14:33 And SUCCESS IN HIM BRINGS ABOUT PEACE ON EARTH.
Don’t allow yourself to coin things that don’t line up to HIS WORDS or HIS WILL for you. It will only paralyze you from the forward movement that HE has called you to in HIM! SUCCESS IS IN YOUR HAND… USE IT!
What is your life’s calling? Do you know? Do you care to know? Do you fear that your calling doesn’t compare in the natural to that which the world lays before you (i.e. career choices, wealth, success)? The Lord led me to 1 Peter 2:9 which reads, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” My, my, my… right there it is proclaimed that HE CALLED YOU! HE DESTINED YOU FOR HIS PURPOSE, from darkness into HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT!
You see, with Christ’s victory on the cross, we were given direct access to the Father and the responsibility to bring others to Him. As each of us profess and unite with Christ, we become a member of His body and His work to reconcile men back to HIM. We are called to be representatives of Christ. Our worth and value doesn’t come from our worldly status (homes, cars, money, etc…). It comes from being one of God’s children. We have worth because of HIM, not because of ourselves, our pastors/priests or what we believe we can do.
- God predestined you for HIS PURPOSE, which far exceeds anything that you could ever come up with for yourself.
- You have worth SIMPLY because of being a child of God. As His child, you are a part of His plan towards bringing Heaven on Earth.
- Your loyalty should be to God, not the things of this world, for HE SHALL RECONCILE ALL THINGS BACK TO HIM.
Take Note that in your loyalty to God, it is NORMAL to feel like a stranger in a world that seems to pass over HIM. Hold on, be steadfast and in spite of what it may look like, continue to show Christ by your life.
Mothers of Virtue Ministries is a nonprofit organization that is designed to support Mothers of all ages. We are called to bring about restoration to the Life Givers here on earth, which will entail all women, and not just those who have birthed a child. For you see every woman shall experience a birth, whether it be that of a child, that of a business, that of a movement… EACH AND EVERY WOMAN HAS BEEN IMPREGNATED!
We were designed by the Lord, himself to bring about reassurance that you are indeed PURPOSED AND CALLED FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS! Your destiny still awaits you as you begin to boldly NAVIGATE your ways towards HIS WAYS FOR YOU and you alone.
On the weekend of November 11th thru 13th, you will have the DIVINE OPPORTUNITY to engage in the simplest form of LOVE ever, YET MOST PROFOUND… you…Y-O-U are invited to RELATE, RELAX and RELEASE, Mom2Mom, Sister2Sister, Woman2Woman…