Jesus and the Sound

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“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;  that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.  And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
John 17:20-26 NKJV

For a few weeks now I have not been able to write this and it has been hard to put my thoughts in order that I understand it.

Then God revealed something to me as our minister of music spoke to us last Sunday . It was so profound and it clicked with me so well, He said, ‘Release the sound that God has given you, that only you can make.’ Then I got more revelation as God started to bring  back to memory some science lessons I had in grade school and a messages I watched by Jesse Duplantis.

Sound are vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s or animal’s ear. (Google definition)

The sound of Jesus is His teachings to us. Every time we repeat what Jesus said, we release His sound! It rings into eternity. Proverbs it says ,the power of Life and death is in the tongue, choose life.

The sound Jesus spoke in the above passage has been weighty on my heart, I read it and it resonates. Jesus prayed for you and me, that we would believe because of the disciples before us. I had to ask myself am I letting that sound ring clearly, is it hitting my life so it can travel from me to others. People say actions speak louder than words, that’s true because in James, it says do not be hearers only but doers also. Your actions make a tremendous sound throughout the earth, do not only pray for those after you make a sound for them. It should declare Jesus is the ruler and lover of your life and He reigns forever more and He is good all the time! Make a sound!

As a musician and singer I understand that my sound is different than any one no matter if I play the same song, it’ll ring with individuality.

Be Creative

Gifts and Talents are to be utilized, not  hidden or buried. -from me.

Out of odds I have been trying to not be frustrated while looking for a better paying job, trying to pack, and get my son’s schooling attended too, and trying to balance personal studies and prayer life all back in the order they were before just three weeks ago. My mind has been wondering, not purposely but it does. Then I remembered what the Lord told me when I first start writing this blog: write anything and I will give what to say. So with life trying to slap me, my writing has actually been up. Only today I had a break down and I blame that on my impatient ways, that the Lord is ripping away at warp speed. Sometimes I get writers block, lately it has been life block, I’ve always been able to work and always climb with the income later but now it seems after actual injury, comes the insult. No one is hiring, returning calls or working with schedules, I am thankful for the part time I have now but in order to move out my parents house, pay for some plans, and go where I need to go, I need something steady. Praying and filling out applications, so today I cried, I felt like a failing parent, a failing Christian, a failure. I was frustrated because I thought I was moving in a direction I needed to go. Then after not knowing how exactly to pray, I begin to take in God. A peace so calming I actually got an idea to write out better experiences for my life. What do I mean? I mean when I have run out of room tears, prayers and my soul seems distraught, God gets my attention through my abilities. I grabbed my laptop and started to write a story, something to get those feelings of despair out. Creative writing is something we are taught in school. So in a story that is fictional, I wrote my dreams of doing interviews, having a successful God encouraging blog and vlog, with a character I am hoping to become like as my life is being transformed by Christ. I always believed Jesus was placed as a Carpenter’s son because God is the carpenter of our lives, building us up strong and sturdy, unique with His personal touch. He saw what He put His hands too was good and built to last. So get creative, if you are a blogger, writer like I am write that better future you want to see, God will be sure to guide your pen to see hope. If you paint, draw, build, sing, dance, drive, play a sport, etc., do it all unto the glory of God. Creativity leads to productivity, then leads to activity for your heart, mind and dreams. Don’t let that mind of yours be the devils playground, get on the swing and image you flying high into those buried dreams. Be creative you beautiful God-made Creation!

“I Will Clothe You”

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“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:28-30 NKJV

Bare with me as our internet for the desktop is getting settled. I have only done probably two posts from a phone.

So this is more of a testimony, that trully fits the scripture above. I just started working again from a very well paying job that I held up in for a few months and I just felt like God was pulling at my heart to leave especially after my accident in March. My brother offered me a job as a firewatch out in the western plains of Oklahoma. Did that go well, no. It actually stressed me out so much I stayed sick, swollen, and frustrated the whole time. Walking in total disarray trying to make more money to pay bills, take care of my son during the summer and for the school year. Having some time off (I may have mentioned some of this before) leaving that short term job, the money I had in my account went to a new phone (I hope they didn’t call for me to come to Texas), my car that was running hot to point I couldn’t drive it, (there goes that other job) family issues, etc. Everything was going farther south. Anyways August 18th, I went outside in complete tears, like a snot nosed toddler, saying God, I’m tired of running from you. Whatever it is you want, you can have it. I’m just completely tired. He told me if I would give him three months, He’d catch me up for the three years I lost. Anything talking about my faith was never in my plans for life. I wanted to be a freelance writer, a traveling photographer and just travel the world doing that. Life happens right (hmph). Well I said Lord I want to work and I know your conditions are better than mine but I can’t live here with my parents without a job, I won’t hear the end of it. So he gave me a dream a few nights later and I was with children, walking them from the cafeteria and I thought, Lord no! I have one, to have 15 to 20 at a time there is no way and my patience can deal but you know what Lord, if you say so, I’ll do it. I turned my application in after trying to figure out how to get all the necessary things for them to send me a hard copy to fill out. Being a sub-teacher is the absolute difference in dressing, I’m use to company colors, scrubs, and correctional officer uniforms. Not actually dressing up in slacks, mary janes, and gracious blouses. So I have been second handing; buying piece by piece clothing to at least be presentable, at hoping they would skip a day so I could have something to wear.
Well my mom calls me about going over my aunt to look at some clothes this lady had basically given to her because she had a shopping habit and was trying to de-clutter. My aunt cleans homes (her house is clean enough to lick the floor, spotless, the 20 second rule applies to her house) lol. So I was at the choir fellowship and had just promised my dear sis in Christ that I would come assist her in some of her business when that call was made. My mom brings some things home for me to see and as she shows me I’m thinking wait, this is not an older lady, these are some nice (tag still on most) clothes. My aunts text me and says come as soon as I get off work. Let me shorten this, I basically got a new wardrobe from somebody else’s shopping habit. I had to praise God while going through them. People don’t understand a few things about God! He supplies all, I mean all your needs. Even down to the brown boots I wanted! That money I don’t have ro spend can go else where. I got clothes for my niece as well because I know that it was not about me receiving only, my mom, my aunts all got out something. Lady J (my Pastor’s mother) prophecied during revival that wardrobes were about to change because careers, paths and purposes were changing. God’s word not only renews our hearts, minds and souls, our outer appearance starts to change as well. David couldn’t continue to look like a shepherd boy, Queen Esther a captive, Abraham couldn’t just be Abram, nor Moses being in the presence of God just be normal, He had to have the glory of God reflecting off Him! Even when it looks rough, the heat may turn up, the contractions may seem worst but baby! You are coming out as gold! You are birthing your destiny and you are to lay in green pastures and drink from calm waters. Keep pushing through the dark tunnels, go through the storms, Jesus is empowering you for Greater, this is just basic training!

MIRIAM

I Surrender All?

This title came to me while discussing cleansing with a sis-in-Christ. While I was chatting with her the Holy Spirit gave me an answer but not only to a question that she had but a question I’d been asking for almost a week.

You see God has been really heart checking me about a lot, I personally don’t like dry seasons. Yes it’s a growth period but growing pains hurt. So within this time of growing I was stripped of some of my favorite shows no not Scandal or Empire, I personally don’t get those shows. I was also stripped of reliability on self, where I try to fix it myself but God is trying to get me to rely on Him completely! So I was reading through and it was like a scripture was highlighted in my heart as I read.

In Timothy 4:12-16,
Paul is telling Timothy a few things about how he should handle himself, the ministry that God has given him, and the people placed in his path. What stuck out to me was when Paul told Timothy to ‘give himself entirely over to them‘. I said Lord show me how to give myself entirely over to your path, like I need to be, nothing holding me back. Hey! Jesus said whatever you ask in my name it shall be given unto you.’So I asked, you see Psalm 91:12 says ‘Teach me to number my days, so that I may gain a heart of wisdom‘ I am tired of wasting time. I have been sleep, chasing the tailcoats of a world that will not turn and chase me. When I should be like the woman with the issue of blood, pressing toward Him just trying to touch the hem of His garment.

Surrendering is truly a daily washing, a ritual we must run too! I don’t always run to surrendering, sometimes I go kicking and screaming truly fighting my fleshly desires, I could be seen walking slowly because I don’t have the energy to go through another cleansing. The example I used with my sis, was a dirt covered child that thinks its okay to be dirty and will have you chasing him while he runs to and fro stark naked across the yard. If the child is like my son who hates to be dirty passed play time, that child will run to you because he knows the importance of being clean and will surrender to your arms and the water waiting in the bath.

Do I surrender all? Maybe I haven’t taken full on notice what I need to surrender to the Lord but I know the Holy Spirit will knock on that door in my head and heart soon. It will be in that moment that I have to choose to surrender or push back. ‘Obedience is better than sacrifice‘ is usually the first scripture I hear in my head or ‘pride comes before the fall‘. Then an image of Satan being thrown from heaven follows. Then I’m like okay, I remember and I surrender but I have to continue to surrender until it becomes natural not to want that thing, idea, habit, or whatever it is anymore! God will strengthen you, He is a Good Father or El Emunah (The Faithful God). He will never leave you or forsake you and His love makes that surrender so much easier!

Lord I surrender all! I surrender my will, way and thoughts but replace them Lord with yours. Days I don’t feel like reading my Bible I force myself to at least to read a few scriptures. I have a song that I listen to by Hillsong called ‘Love is War‘, that I play, I blast it. I sing with it, I praise with it because surrendering is cleansing me from the inside out, it’s letting God have his way in my life, giving my original purpose room to spread wings.

Miriam

Queens Blogging for the Kingdom!

It’s the day after my birthday but I celebrate the whole month!!

A day late on the post but the ladies that I am presenting to you, words are always a right now word!

I really think I will do this once a month because there is so much God led encouragement out there and I want it to be known!

The first lady I am presenting to you is like my boss! I have followed her on social media for maybe 4 to 5 years and she is completely amazing. Her name is Shantae Richardson from Philadelphia relocated to Atlanta founder of TeamExLesbian which was created from her own testimony of being delivered from the life of homosexuality; and also PursueMeBlog which encourages single woman to chase after Christ and His purpose for their life, rather than chase after the man. I am absolutely excited about all the things she has planned and I am glad to have been asked to be on board! She is so encouraging. If you check out her blog, Instagram, Twitter, you will certainly fall in love with Jesus because of her presentation of Him. Check out thepursuemeblog.com

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The next women of God I will present is Erica. I you use to wonder did anyone like to blog like me that was close to home, that loved Jesus like me that could inspire me to keep writing, that made me think that with my words can certainly change the world.

Well I certainly found that woman to inspire me, her name is Erica Johnson an active advocate for young girls to be equipped to become bold and wise young ladies. This single mother of two, Jakobe and Jace White, was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the daughter of Bishop and Lady Silas Johnson. Erica attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Currently she is a member of Junior League of Little Rock and an active role model for the young girls in the youth department at Full Counsel Metro Church. She hosts a Girls meeting called Girl Code every quarter. Erica decided it was time it was time to walk out in her purpose in January 2015. Birthing ‘Her Best Yes’ and ‘The Godly Girl Diaries’ out of past hurts and rejection, Erica’s purpose her writings to encourage all young women to just Say YES to knowing and understanding their worth, identity, or purpose in Christ. Erica Johnson can be contacted at herbestyes@yahoo.com or www.herbestyes.com.

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Last but surely not least is Victoria! I don’t follow everyone on Instagram that follows me because I like my timeline to be as clean as possible. I remember Victoria started following me and like I always do I do a quick trip down someone’s post to see what they are posting. So I saw this beautiful young lady, with a message to remember ‘I’m Somebody’s Good Thing.’ I listen, I watch, and I learn. She may be younger than me but I have no problem being a student.

Victoria Armstead is the visionary and founder of a movement called, “I’m Somebody’s Good Thing”.  For quite some time, she had been praying and asking God to give her a tool to reach women. God answered that prayer! Through a conversation, with her sister Dionna Jackson, He gave her the “I’m Somebody’s Good Thing” movement.

This movement strives to teach and assure ladies of their value, worth, beauty, and treasure by causing them understand that validation and self-esteem are not given by man, but by God. The basis and premises of this movement is Proverbs 18:22 where it says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” The reason this scripture was chosen is because while reading I got a revelation. Many people know this scripture and quote it religiously, but she wanted to introduce us to a deeper meaning.  She wants people to notice that it says that ‘the man finds a good thing, and not that she becomes a good thing after she is sought out by a man.’ Women are indeed that treasure of endless value before the pursuit even begins and that’s why the scripture goes on to say that the man is granted God’s favor. She believes it’s about time that our women realize this about themselves and God has given her a charge to help her sisters.

She uses tools like social media and apparel to spread this message. ‘I’m Somebody’s Good Thing’ also likes to go and speak to women face to face whether it be one-on-one, at a workshop, or conference. So far this movement has been able to inspire so many ladies and we want MORE! She has chosen to take a stand to say, “I’m Somebody’s Good Thing” and it is her heart’s desire that ladies all over the world will join her. She earnestly wants to bring glory to God by promoting wholeness through Him!

She also recently released her single “Good Thing”, which is the theme song for the ISGT Movement! It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play!

Here’s her website!

www.imsgoodthing.com

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You know what all these ladies are beautiful women of God and I AM SO excited to get to know them, even if they are miles away. They really have touched my life in ways that maybe they don’t know!

That’s why I couldn’t go without recognizing them because if they are influencing me and pushing me to be my best for the Lord in such a gentle and loving manner, I want them to do the same for you!

So don’t just check out this blog, check out theirs and it will change your life!

Pending or Prospering?

Pendingare you in position that you feel like you can go but the door still hasn’t opened? 

Prosperingmaybe you are a trailblazer and the doors won’t stop opening, nothing is holding you back!

Both positions are growing opportunities at there best. I know I have a lot I want to do but can’t seem to just focus on them because I have something already going, then there are other areas I’m flourishing in. Take a moment and reflect on your dreams and then what you have obligated yourself too. Most of my life I have been in a pending position with growth spurts, like the children of Israel going around the same mountain for 40 years.

We like to say ‘I can’t imagine that’, but most of go around in circles in certain areas in life until we humble our wills and ways to Jesus. Pray and ask God what is His plan for your life. Am I learning this? Yes at a very accurate speed, because what God has planned I don’t have a clue how He wants me to accomplish any of it without Him. Learning this has broken me, days I feel lost I know that I have not had any true time with the Lord. I get agitated, irritated, and frustrated and I have to take a step back and evaluated and ask myself, what do I need to ask Him about? When I decide to stop and ask the Lord for help, I have just answered the call to prosper! I get a nudge from the Holy Spirit when I am out of order and He reminds me of what I am missing out on. A prospering moment with the my Father.

2 Chronicles 16:9 puts it in this way, ‘For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him….’

This morning, the Spirit nudged me with the words, ‘Continue, Miriam.’

Pending is where God is trying to get our attention, to look up to the hills where our help comes from.

Psalm 119:105 ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’

I like what Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16 ‘Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.’

Don’t get frustrated! Pray to our faithful Father and your day will surely prosper!

Miriam

Step into the Light

‘If God can have His way today the ministry of someone will begin… It always begins when as soon as we yield.’ – Smith Wigglesworth

Well I was going through a power struggle this week and even now I feel as if I am at a standstill, but I have taken it as a time of learning who I really am in Christ. I was sitting and reading a book, I am trying to finish this book that must go in my collection, Smith Wigglesworth, ‘Greater Works.’ I closed my eyes to inhale some of the words I just got through reading and then I saw a light. I opened my eyes thinking, I must be tripping, what was in that cereal I ate (lol). I closed them again and I saw a light and the scripture that came to me was ‘I am the way, the truth and the light, no one can come to my Father except through me.’ In the vision I looked back and there was nothing behind me except a black mass and I said, so plainly, “Lord there is nothing back there for me is it?” I kept walking towards Him. Then the vision was over. I believe that was a victory of me never going back to my old way of life because I have come to a point where I know there is nothing for me in my old life anymore!

Many times in this walk with God I have been just like Hosea’s wife, Gomer. I have run from Him seeking my own pleasures, straddling the fence, holding hands with the devil and expecting Jesus to pay the rent.

That has been most of my life and every day I just say, ‘Jesus I choose you.’ No matter how tired I am, I chose Jesus. He is the life of me and the light of my life. I don’t have anything to look for back there in my old life. The craziest thing was a dream I had about when my family was really struggling and I could hear Satan say, this is going to be you, just like your family has always been. Poverty is what you live in and poverty is what you are. I woke up laughing and said to Him, you reached so far back, it’s unrealistic, those cars we had don’t even exist. That place we lived we can’t go back, you really tried hard didn’t you Satan and are you mad or nah?!!

My life is completely changed especially my spiritual life; it is light years ahead of what I was just a few months ago. All glory to God, He continues to light my path and I have never been at peace like this in my whole life. So I say to anybody let Jesus light your path, let His Word transform your mind, let Him crown you into your rightful position as a Believer in Him. You are royalty and worth dying for. It was beyond honorable and noble, it was POWERFUL!

Romans 13: 11-12

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

Miriam

Ready or Not!??

After praying the other morning I went to make breakfast and God reminded me of the Cheez-it commercial. When the man comes and ask the cheese has he matured and the cheese answers him with a smart mouth answer, he checks not ready! Then he comes back a few weeks later and the cheese is ready and answers intelligently. God said to me, “This is how I came to you many times and I had to mark you not ready but now you are ready. Many other’s are just like you, they look ready but when their words and actions prove them not ready.

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” 

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because all the warning and the prophets that came up to deliver them with a word they would not even listen and therefore destroyed themselves when turning a death ear.

I’ll get a little more transparent from personal experience. Mostly out of ignorance I was stubborn and hard-hearten and going through those teenage hormones disobedient. I loved God but had no idea how I was suppose to live for him, so I definitely rode the lukewarm fence most of my life. I was busy looking for love in all the wrong places and not knowing how to accept God’s. I became a teen parent, I dated men, went through the fast party life, thinking I found Mr.Right in all the wrong ways. I was thirsty and thought I was a player of some sort. I would clean up half washed for a while and I had no patience and every time I would break down and repent, I was an addict to my lifestyle. I wanted to live for God and live for Miriam. God does not work that way and I had to learn that through a whole lot of pain. I was praying for one thing and my flesh was dragging me around with all the fancies the world could offer. I would be bored at parties wanting to just go to bed. I’d use men just to satisfy my needs and have no feelings or care for them, all while saying yeah yeah, I love you and know it was lie straight from the devil’s mouth. All while juggling, school, a child and a trying to find a job. I was prideful, I didn’t want my son to grow up with lack but I was lacking big time. I was lacking Jesus and trying to win the approval of people. My mindset had to change; why would you give a child the keys to the Benz expecting them not to crash it. You wouldn’t and God wouldn’t give me my inheritance without training me up first. In August of this year, I got tired of missing out and I KNOW He had so much in store for me. I said Lord, I give in, I am simply tired, trying to fight this world, Satan and You. Whatever, I do not care what it is you want me to do! I will do whatever just teach me your will, way and give me your thoughts. God said give me three months of your time and so I can catch you up for the three years you have missed. This is the third month and when He came to giving me assignments and doing what He had called me to do. I was like, okay. Many say, they want to hear God say, well done when they get to heaven. I want to hear it on earth and have I. Yes! I was in praise and worship about a Sunday or go and I said Lord, I just want to please you and no one else. The benefits are nice but you are the treasure I SEEK. He said, “Well done daughter!” I often ask Him what would He like me to say, do, go, speak! I am making it a habit more each day but I had to learn how to bow my will, way and thoughts to His. I have chaos all around me. My son has been sick, bill collectors have called, I have been sick, but I am beautifully broken. I pray outside very often and my eyes were closed and I saw a treasure room. Jesus was standing in there and He said take anything you want! (Happy dance), tell a women she can have anything she wants and think she won’t take everything. Yeah I walked into the room, took everything I wanted and stood in from of Jesus and said and I’m taking you with me! (I laugh out loud every time I think about it). I can’t make it with out Jesus. I would rather starve, be in thirst, sleep under a tree and walk miles just to find my Jesus, He is the lover of my soul. I love our conversations and the past few days, I’ve been hearing you are ready, daughter! I’m up for it! Where and however He leads me I am going to be able to do it because He said so. I had to choose to mature in Christ or stay a babe! I had to make up my mind, was I going to conquer or be conquered. I have a saying, ‘Wear your Royalty well!’ I had to learn how to be a mature daughter in the Kingdom of God!

Galatians 4:1-7

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 
I wake up and I can’t help but pray, it saves my day and when I soak in His word, it is a life to my Spirit man! I cannot imagine not living for God, with my chips pushed all way in. (I have never played poker so I believe that is a high gamble lol). Everything I have ever desired, peace, joy, ideas, songs, blog, being a better daughter, parent, sister, friend, person I have all found in seeking the things of God.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” 
I have found eternal life, it is all in Jesus Christ. Let Jesus come ask you are you ready just be willing and He will make you able. Saying Yes to the Lord is the most intelligent answer you could give! It definitely was a win-win for me!
“Everything I need is in the presence of the of Jesus.”- Tasha Cobbs
 -Miriam

Get Dressed!

Life is too short, to wear boring clothes!– anonymous

This past weekend we celebrated my pastor’s 10th anniversary and Friday we had a banquet in his honor. We had so much fun and we finished it off Sunday night which I was so extremely blessed by the whole weekend. I have not stopped growing since being in this ministry and every service, event, outreach I grow more it pushes me to pursue God, seek His face, seek His word! I couldn’t ask for a better fertile ground to be planted in going on four years as a member. However the dress code for Friday night was formal, the featured image was my formal dress. Just like the banquet having a dress code, so does God. God has a requirement for our lives that He wants us to live by. God knows we are not perfect people but if we allow Him to help, He will dress us up according to HIS righteousness. Let’s be intentional about living for Christ.

I don’t sleep a lot, I have always been the type to stay up and read a five hundred page book until the very end, wake and go to school tired the next day, but at least I finished the book, right (lol). Now it’s when I get something in my head that I just can’t get out, I am learning to ask God to just show me, reveal  to me whatever needs to be revealed so I can at least mull it over in my head while I sleep. In my personal studies, I have taken out the time, to just ask God to help me overcome unbelief, teach me to believe in His every word. It’s one of those things that I know is standing in the way for miracles and the supernatural power of God to not only work in my life, but help me change others lives as well.Sunday night I was so pumped up and was reading a visionary leadership book and the author states that ‘Jesus saw everything as being alive and she asked how would your walk be if you saw everything as being alive! I was like wow!! My whole life would change, so I said Lord take me where ever, do whatever you have to do but I know it is time for me to go out. His reply was, ‘Get Dressed!’ I literally got dressed, it was two o’clock in the morning, missed the harvest moon and everything, but I believe when I took an action to actually get dress and go outside again, I walked into something more.  When Jesus went to Cana of Galilee to a wedding He was invited to, He had no intention of doing a miracle, He was there to enjoy a celebration of a bride and groom. Even Jesus had a moment, that He was like why is this any of my concern? I do believe that’s why God tells us not to despise small beginnings but nevertheless once Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Jesus didn’t fight it but just did it. God’s timing is always perfect and God is always to receive glory for all things but guess what in versus 11 of John 2 says this, “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. That was an open door for everything He would do and still does.

God has been telling me there is no room for doubt and that I am only to believe! That’s a huge leap of faith, that’s knowing who I am in Christ. It requires me to know who God is, give heed to His voice only and read His Word so I can know what He requests of me. I have a lot of military friends, family, classmates and when it is time for training they have to put on the requirement; boots, hats, uniform, even the correct t-shirts and shorts, belts, and rank. Seems like a lot doesn’t it but you know we are part of God’s army and we have been commanded to take off our civilian clothes (the flesh, carnal things), and put on the holy uniform.

In Ephesians it reads like this 6:10-13 Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.(NKJV) 

So let’s get dressed! I have only begun to see what is in store for my life. Put on the word so that we can be presented to Christ without spot of wrinkle, so we can be holy and without blemish! (Ephesians 5:25-27) 1 Peter 1:15-16,”but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 

We are getting ready for the greatest event in history and if you are like people in my town, homecoming is a big event, we all get dressed up even if we aren’t going to the game, we are all dressed up and ready, showing off our best! The greatest event in History is the return of the King. Jesus Christ! Get dressed, the Bible has the perfect attire in mind and the Holy Spirit will have you sharp as a tack!

I remember watching Cinderella as a young child and she had nothing to wear, but her fairy godmother came and gave her the best dress in the house, along with one-of- a kind shoes that fit her just right.

We have a great Father, who sits high but looks low, He has given us the Holy Spirit to not only comfort us but tell us things to come, to teach us, lead us and guide us into all righteousness and truth. He will show you how to get dressed!

Miriam Suggs

No Title, No Problem

We are called by God to know Him, this is your first calling -unknown author

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Recently my church had a graduate class with a lot of wonderful people from seminary. I enjoyed looking at the pictures and I had this great idea, I should go to seminary. I prayed about it but I didn’t and haven’t felt led to go at this point. In the last three years I really thought I should go, then my pastor anointed me last July to minister. Yes I was shocked but at the same time because God has already told me I was to preach and teach. I hadn’t discussed that much with anyone because it wasn’t something I wanted to do. This year was the most I had ever surrendered so much of my life, in the past almost two months is the most I have surrendered all of me. Three years ago until now is a lot of time to run from the Lord. I was running full speed into Satan whooping my tail, now I know how Jonah felt.

I have felt led to serve within but more also serve outside the for walls. The people that need the most help are actually outside the four walls. I like the way Jesus puts it in Matthew 9:12-13, …”those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means; I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

My mother and I use to attend a Wednesday night service at another church when I was younger. They had a mission planned one summer going to Mexico and I really wanted to go; I wanted to experience going on a mission. I asked my mom for a few weeks and of course she said no and that discouraged me from asking again. After that when I would see Joyce Meyers missions in India I would long for that. My heart was all about third world countries, helping others in need. I remember as little girl, I saw a lady digging in the trash for food and clothes and I wanted to help her so bad. We weren’t rich but we had more than her. It was the same reason I was in nursing school, worked in customer service, and worked as a nursing assistant. I love to help people live a better life. It is where my heart is but I always felt I had to be a little higher to get something done. I had dreams of going to Paris, France; Brazil, Mexico, Israel and when I told my aunt about me being in different places in my dreams. She said have you ever thought about being a missionary. I laughed because I had thought about it a whole lot.

My pastor mentioned once about getting inspiration from a movie. Let’s just say I did, watching a movie called Queen on Netflix, it is a Bollywood movie about an Indian girl who was broken-hearten because her fiance broke off the engagement days before the wedding and it was really embarrassing for her but she asked her parents could she go on the honeymoon anyway by herself. Moving along she went to Paris and then Russia but she discovered something that she was strong, smarter and independent. She made friends by herself and discovered that people just liked her for who she was. I was inspired to travel, to see the world, and be a light. The Holy Spirit gently placed this on my heart. “I have given you a desire for all nations and languages.”

We are called to Christ, that is your ultimate calling, mission, and purpose. Our second mission is to be a reflection of Christ and walk in His love. You don’t need a billboard title for that or a seat in the house to make a difference. So making a difference in the Name of Christ is the real title because He gets all the glory regardless. One of the sweet ladies I hang with at church was calling me Minister Miriam I just laughed and said, I’m just Miriam. The dreams, talents, gifts that God has placed on the inside of me to help others will make room for me. I know one day God is going to say okay, it’s time to go to seminary, Miriam. Right now, He is taking me on a different route and I’m just following Him. Miriam is unique enough for me and I am glad to just serve God and others.

You can reach where others can’t,you are important just as you are! Live this life for Christ with intent and all your heart. Revival ended last night and Pastor Bridget Hilliard said something that has pushed me into overflow for the things of God. “Don’t chock, if God tells you to do something, do it! Don’t chock because on the other side of that chocking moment there is a supernatural response.” Take the leap of faith, if God is pressing you to do something in your life to change the world around you, jump! Allow Him to lead you, guide you in how He wants it done so that He can receive all the Glory.

Genesis 12:2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you. And make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 

Miriam Suggs