All the Single Ladies!

It’s August and I have yet to figure out why every year for the last few years around April to September why God always puts on my heart marriage. I have hints but I think I just started to accept it this year that He is preparing me for the position called Wife. Before I can get there I must go through training, training that the world does not offer. I didn’t come to go deep into the training but God gave me a word to share and that I should blog it. So the next two or three paragraphs will be what he gave to me to share with the dear ladies following me, Kingdom women!

“Marriages are my idea, them to stop putting time limits on my timing, my purpose, my plan. You say you have to have this and do that, but what I want is for you to listen and obey, heed to my word and my will. That is how you prepare for a mate, the world will have you missing out, I laugh at the plans of man; my way is perfect, my timing is perfect, my peace is perfect. stop fretting and being so busy Martha, you can’t hear what I am saying. You see why some of your plans have not become as they should because you need a covering, someone to envision with a husband, you cannot be with me alone, I never designed you for that. Two is better than one, stop whining over cold sheets, what your family is saying, your friends are saying. Because who I bring into your life, most of them will think you don’t deserve him, you don’t worry about their words but you hear and follow my instructions.

My beloved daughters, my Queens, more precious than rubies, who laugh at tomorrow, who have no fear, but fears the Lord, and she shall be praised.”

Look God got you better than you got yourself, continue in His paths and before you know it the man that is your husband will be before you! God bless!

God Hears You Just Fine, but are you listening.

I of course am up because I took a nap earlier today and yeah that was not on purpose. I’m cleaning and as I clean I think about everything. The last few months God has been dealing with me tough, training me, teaching me. With teaching I had to realize why I have two ears and one mouth.

I like alone time, I love and probably try to indulge in. I’m a mom, so if that means locking myself up in the bathroom just to get a little peace, I’ll do it. Lol.

With this alone time, as long as I can remember I’ve read countless words through many pages of many books. I’m a bookworm. As I have come to understand knowing God, my books pretain more useful knowledge. God’s Word along with being on fire with the Holy Spirit has started a flame a hunger and thirst for Him. An attentive ear has been turned to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying. Before I came to my church now I was not well hearsed on the things of the spirit, I knew angels and demons and about the works of the Holy Spirit but not in detail that I know now. I have recieved somewhat of a plathora of revelation from the Holy Spirit including knowing God’s voice.

Jesus is talking about John the baptist and in verse Matt 11:14 says ‘and if you are willing to recieve it, he who has ears to hear, let him hear!’ If you are willing to hear the truth of God by the Holy Spirit you will hear. Jesus in John 10:27, says ‘ My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.’
We can hear God clearly when we walk in obedience to His Word and Will. We belong to Him, He knows us by our fruit.

How do you know if you are hearing from God?

The voice never contradicts the Word of God. God is not telling you that someone else’s husband/wife is your husband/wife. He will not lead you astray, nor to commit a sin of any kind. That the flesh and or Satan.

The voice of God is gentle and stern, it is not harsh. I have heard my name called gently but sternly and it was to get my attention, to protect me.

His ways and will are higher than ours and He knows the plans He has for us. The more we yeild to the Word. Most of the times before I start my personal bible study or even get to church. I plead the blood over my mind, ears, my mouth and that I be enlightened by the Holy Spirit to God’s truth and I ask God what do I need to learn for that moment. I sit still, I sort out or get on the same frequency by praise and worship and focusing on Him. Meditating on His Goodness.

When yeilding becomes apart of that personal time with God and we shut up and listen. Then you and I can hear His voice in surety. He will direct and correct your path, we just have to be willing to get into that quiet time and be quiet. Lol. This has been most fulfilling in my relationship with Him, that’s a part of the intimacy. Listening.

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

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

Trading Places

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

I don’t know if you all have seen or remember this movie with Eddie Murphy called Trading Places, where they make the rich guy poor and the poor guy take his place, but in the end they both become rich.

Well in church today, our pastor called up all those who suffered with depression. I most certainly went up because I am not ashamed to admit, that I deal with it. It is lesser when I focus on Jesus and I believe I am completely healed. In the moments of worship, so gently but so reassuring almost like a vision, Jesus said to me, ‘I wore the crown of thorns so you could wear the crown of Glory.’ In the vision He showed me, Him putting the crown of thorns on His head and putting a golden crown on my head. That broke me, I forget, we forget that God has counted us worthy. It is so humbling to know that He came to trade places with me and in the end we are both winning.

I love people and I love people to know that they belong to a royal priesthood and we are co-heirs with Christ Jesus. My hearts desire is to please God and help people to know who they truly are through His blood and by His name. Jesus traded places and bore every sin that you would ever commit. God is the one person I can totally vouch for, that he will never leave you, nor forsake you. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and ways higher than ours. I love the way David see us through God’s eyes in this translation*.

Psalm 8:4-8 New Living Translation

what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
    putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
    and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
    and everything that swims the ocean currents. 

Jesus scarified His life for us, so that we can return to our rightful stance. To be kings and queens in the kingdom. I encourage you to not only know that Jesus traded places with you, but know that He has found you worthy enough to die for you, His love is unfailing. Thank You Jesus for all that you have done. I am so unworthy but You have seen me worthy.

John 15:13-14 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

      Just Miriam

*www.biblegateway.com/NLT

Perfect Practice, Makes Perfect

Faith Choices over Fear Choices

Romans 8:17 For many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.

I love talking with God, He has good advice about everything, every situation in any moment. He usually catches me while I’m doing something else or says something that I may not comprehend. I had been in prayer the night before asking him to tell me and show me what to do. Every time I do that he does or says something unexpectedly. He said, “I have a place and a time for you, let me lead you in that.” God is a true gentleman, you will see and hear me say that over time. For me to let him, gives me a deeper meaning of free will and Faith choices in life. A few days later He says again, “I have a purpose, time and place for you.” I write as much as I can down when God tells me something like that, so that I can remember it and look back on it.

I love to confess Isaiah 55:9, ‘his thoughts and ways are higher than my own’; during prayer, hard decisions, or if something or someone rubs me the wrong way. Thank you, Lord for teaching me better. I’m learning day by day that we have to look at life from God’s perspective to live this life. Psalm 23 verse 3…’He leads me in the paths of righteousness, For His name’s sake.’ As my Pastor asks, ‘Are You Handling Kingdom Business?’ We are the sons/daughters of God if we are led by the Spirit of God. If we are His children and the kingdom is His will (business) shouldn’t we know the trade. Faith runs the kingdom of God; James 1:6-7 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;’… A family business that has been around for a while is passed down to each generation. The core values and morals keep the business going even as the times change. Matthew 24:35, Jesus says this, ” Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” So no matter how technology speeds up or how bad things maybe going on in this world, God’s Word still stands. If the Holy Spirit is leading us, that has to mean he knows the way.

My son loves , ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirate’s, probably because they are always going on an adventure. Sometimes they get a map or see a trail leading to the place they need to go. On that trail they run into Hook and his mates always trying to mess something up or the path has some challenges along the way. They overcome those issues and press toward the ‘X’ that marks the spot. Capt. Hook may beat them sometime to the treasure and even runoff with it but in the end they always get the treasure and sing a victory song. We need to start having a praise in our mouth before, during and after the battles.

The Holy Spirit knows what is on the path to righteousness, we are to busy looking at the ‘X’. He knows the trials, test, tribulation, the persecution you will face. He knows also that Satan can’t have your life as well, so put your trust in God, have faith to overcome and believe in and on Him. When you step out on faith, your ways are being made perfect (Phil 2:13-15) God told Cain in Genesis 4:7, If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

If you make faith choices, your ways will be righteous (perfect) before the Lord. (Psalm 19:14) If you choose fear (doing things in disobedience, persuaded by what people think, your reputation:instead of what you KNOW God told you to do. Use the movie ,’The Lion King’ as an example. Mufasa and Simba had a conversation about a dark place near all their land. Simba wanted to find out what that place was and he and Nala went to investigate, something they didn’t have any business doing. Nala was that voice saying, ‘this is a bad idea’. That tug in our spirit when we are headed down the wrong path and it’s holding the light over our head. Simba thought he was ‘mista big stuff’ and they went anyways. Hyenas chased them and Mufasa had to come save them. When they got home, Mufasa said, ‘You deliberately disobeyed me, after I told you not too, you could have gotten yourself and Nala killed. When we walk in disobedience we kill ourselves and other people, that look up to us. How many souls have perished because we are too scared to walk in Faith and Obedience? Jesus said in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”  When they went into the land, Simba didn’t know that Scar had set them up, but he took heed to his uncle’s word instead of his father’s. Let’s choose faith over fear!

Being perfect has nothing to do with your own self-righteousness but making faith choice over fear choices, for God’s name sake. Then you shall be found without spot or wrinkle.(2 Peter 3:14)  Let’s make faith choices in every moment, because perfect pratice, makes perfect.

Just Miriam

Psalm 91:14-16 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, And show him My salvation.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.