Wednesday

If You Are A Nation Builder...



Praise God from whom ALL Blessings flow! 

If you're a nation builder... guard your thoughts! Hold on to the vision that comes from God. Pray on it, pray for it. Don't waste time with distractions! You can't afford to!

  • Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23

  • Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.- Proverbs 4:23 NLT

  • And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8 NLT

  • Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.- Philippians 4:8 KJV

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Best,

April

Monday

Effort Makes The Difference

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Do you really want what's good, if you're not willing to put in consistent effort for it?



For the past few days I've been very lost in my thoughts, thinking about how life works. I do this often, but no matter what amount of thinking I do or what conclusions I arrive at the end of the matter is always: God is in control, and it's wise to seek counsel from the Holy spirit daily.

I know for a fact as a witness, that deep thinking will have you stuck, not really moving or doing anything most would call productive.

A couple weeks back I found myself in a cabin, (excluded from usual society, out of my box) with a command from God to pray more consistently. For the specific amount of times instructed I definitely fell short. Getting distracted, bogged down by other things going on is usually my norm.

All the busy-ness has definitely done nothing in my favor.

I was amazed when a formal Prayer Challenge was hosted by a group I'm apart of. Confidence Coach Taria Pritchett is definitely on point with the Prayer prompts.

The impact that prayer has on the power of manifestation is too underrepresented.
In Divine timing I was able to formalize what I most sense God is trying to work out in me. I've been dreaming and working for a long time with honestly no results that I'm proud of.

To seek God and put divine will first is truly where the "idea of faith" and the "action of faith" has power. Faith is a marriage of sorts, without these two elements there is really no being productive for God. Just like how any true relationship works, consistent effort needs to be made.

The true blockages to our effort are the things that we prioritize getting done before divine will. The power in the challenge was actually making time exclusively for the action of prayer.

During the 96 hour prayer window that was set forth it was revealed to me to just make the effort and God will come through with the rest in divine order. A lot of times it's fear that really holds us back from simply doing.

What was confirmed repeatedly to me is that the more time spent getting comfortable with self  (with the ok-ness of being still and alone) not being distracted with everything else, the more divine alignment occurs.

My focus for the rest of the year and the coming year is to manifest with divine purpose and intention, for strategic and purposed results, not for vanity.

Fear of losing is what needs to be let go of. Being comfortable with sacrifice, not compromise but sacrifice. Getting in line with what God requires is being skilled, being wise, and as my Pastor Jennifer would say. It's "hitting the mark".

Let's live our BEST lives! Happy Holidays if you celebrate them!

- April

Power, Purpose, and Restraint - I Don't Mind Waiting

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How much easier things go when they're handled gently.

The most recent word that has been infiltrating my spirit is the power of gentleness, patience, and discipline.

Tired of getting no where fast? try slowing down to wait on and be led by the holy spirit to move.
Whether it's wanting a certain type of career, a marriage, or even for things just to get better, gentleness and discipline is the way to go. I've learned that when I wait on God intentionally, the provision that I desire comes quickly and accurately.


1 Corinthians 13:4-3 reads that love is patient, among a host of other things.

The practice of patience as it's works with discipline and restraint is also powerful. I was in someones's office the other day and saw these word's that struck me as powerful:

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But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. - James 1:6

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. -Ephesians 4:14

Patience means not getting caught up in the hype.

Songs about the beauty of waiting inspired this blog post today!



Wednesday

How Decisions Can Cut Through Depression


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When we intentionally don't function how we were created to, it's easy to feel unworthy of God's love, but grace is God showing us love even when we make whack decisions. wisdom is making the best decisions to begin with.


It's essential to behave like the "well-oiled" machines we are. . .aiming to infuse the anointing of purpose with faith, but if you miss the mark, don't break down.

We suffer the consequences of our bad decisions, and sometimes others are affected by them. It's important to seek the best way to fix our mistakes, and not condemn ourselves too harshly in the process.

Grace is God showing us favor beyond our control, or our thoughts. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 21:11 Yes, we suffer the consequences of the wrong decisions we make, but we're still loved with a love unparalleled. God is not like man, God does not think like us. 

It's up to us to come in line with the mind of God. Wisdom is made to cut out suffering. We should lead with that. Obedience to wisdom from the start, is better than the sacrifice it takes trying to fix what we did wrong later.

Our ability to decide wisely is greater than wealth, because it's the determination of it. 

Being "healthy" and "wealthy" usually tend to follow wise. That's why in the Bible, Solomon wanted wisdom over anything else. "Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor." - Proverbs 3:16 Wisdom won't let you stay depressed for long. Wisdom is the best confidante to find consult and consolation with. Strength, courage, and wisdom. . . grace, faith and favor all make it very hard to stay discouraged, so be encouraged!


~ Breath Of Life Daily

Sunday

The Genius of Marshall

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So whenever people clap at the end of the movie it seems kind of awkward to me, like "you know they can't hear you right?!" eventually I wave it off and know that performance must have been really touching, and its custom to clap anyway when you're pleased I guess, but I was too happy to join in the applause with the audience after "Marshall" !! 

The screenplay was well executed and creative with some nice surprises here and there. In any instance I thought the writer may have been imposing a certain view on history, I can look past that and focus on the biblical reference shared between "Thurgood Marshall and Sam Friedman.

When you walk away from a movie and it makes you think, I would say it's done a good job. It's a good movie! Marshall was executed brilliantly and it made me see the Genius of Thurgood Marshall's service in his tenure. 

The film helped highlight that he was truly called to do what he was doing and gifted in an amazing way! I'm glad this was brought to the light. Hopefully we can all aspire to be excellent in the calling that we're blessed with and also be a relentless as he was, and was portrayed to be.

Great casting and great job to all the players involved!! Not discounting, but especially noting that it was a biopic, I pray that we see more films that make a powerful impact for good.

Friday

If My People Pray...FOR REAL

It's appropriate to pray for God's will to be done, or to be pleasing to God, or to hear: "well done". Yes...


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but it's important to realize the impact of prayers as petitions. Realize and seriously internalize that God hears prayers, and prayer can change the situation. There's a saying that "when prayers (praises) go up, blessings and healing come down.

Recognizing the vital exchange of communication between self and spirit makes a world of difference. Actually, it makes several worlds of difference... 

"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." - (Matthew 18.18)

Don't sit by idle when it's possible make an impact. that sounds like a sheer goal and most along the lines of God's will for our creation. Use that human power! If someone is going through cancer, suffering from disease, pray for and with them that they might be healed, for the numerous natural disasters happening in the world, pray for everyone affected...which is ALL of us. We can pray on tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas, or at  Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

God was moved by the prayers of Moses, Jesus Christ, and others in holy scripture many a time. All those miracles didn't just come from nowhere!

We should seek God's will above all, but not undercut the power of our petition. A lot of times when prayer is executed in spirit and in truth we will receive the words to say, we will receive the answers which we can turn around and express verbally. Those times of righteous, true, spiritual prayer can turn into promising results more often than not. 

And to all my "Faith without works is dead" people, understand that prayer is what provides direction for wise action. 

I wish you all the best!

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - (2 Chronicles 7.14)

Thursday

Our Defense Against The Evil Spirit Of The Air

Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. where the spirit of strife and contention is there is restriction.

Scripture reads: For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. - 2 Cor. 3:17

However, in dealing with spirit we also know that "...according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience." Ephesians 2:2

There are spirits that are not of God. The ruler of the power of the air wants to restrict the very life out of us. because the enemy knows that in our life, our very living that there is power.
How much more powerful when we take it up and use it for God's purpose.

Be mindful, be aware, always consistent in prayer. Prayer, study of wisdom, and spending time meditating in God is a way that we can help cover ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. Knowing the word of God is powerful.

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.-Phillipians 4:8

We can think on what's right, what's true what's noble according to our own thoughts, feelings and emotions, but what's right true and noble to God? It's in prayer, meditation and studying the bible that we can find this out.

Pray continually, be armed with the word of God, and be aware. The spiritual wickedness is in high places, positions above you. They can resemble trustworthy people, come with "seemingly" good intentions, offer you temptations that you Like, but DISCERNMENT in the spirit is vital! 

Don't be so quick to accept everything you're offered. The enemy wants to trick and trap you. stay strong in the Lord and covered in spiritual armour consistently.

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Suggested Reading: (Ephesians 6:12-20)