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Wednesday

Assurance During A Shutdown


                             

We are in a crisis that defies modern day history. People are trying to figure out how will they survive during this government shutdown when bills are due and basic needs are going unmet. For some, their hearts are heavy, their minds are racing, and their prayers have been sent. Yet the government is still shutdown and it seems like companies are sending out bills earlier than normal.

Crises of any kind may trigger unwanted trauma in people’s lives whether the crisis is based on one’s prior actions or that of someone else. When a crisis hits, it feels like you are unable to breathe. Mental instability may ensue. For others, they may come to a point in their lives where the idea of hope is now hopeless.

Even in the face of uncertainty we must remember that our Father in heaven knows what we are facing. He hears our cries and he is moving on our behalf. As the Word says in Isaiah 41:10 (KJV), “ Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”. He IS in the middle of the storm and is ready to calm the waves if we allow him to do so.

This may be easier said than done—trusting God during crises. Yet, God has not forgotten us. He’s just placing us in a position of stability so that when another crisis occurs we’re better prepared to handle it.

Decree. Declare. Demand. This test that we are going through TODAY is our testimony. It's a testimony of faith, determination, perseverance, and resilience in the face of adversity. We must believe that we have what God says that we have even in the midst of a shutdown. In this new season that we are in, we must rest in the assurance that our heavenly Father is working everything out for our good and he’ll use THIS crisis to redirect us towards his blessings.

Speak Something Different

Speak! What are you saying to yourself? How are you affirming yourself? Speak!

The word of God says in Luke 6:45 (NKJV) “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”. There is a connection between what is in our heart and our mind. I remember listening to a sermon that stated that our mind is like a joint that connects our body and spirit together. If our mind is filled with angst, doubt, and fear, it impacts how our body responds to situations.

How many of you reading this article are familiar with the term “flight, fight, or freeze?” These are all natural responses our bodies engage in based on what is communicated from our mind. In order to change our heart we have to change our mindset. In order to change our mindset, we have to speak life—good things, into our hearts.

Am I saying that there won’t be times when our mental health will not be impacted? Absolutely not as we’re only human and we have real emotions. However, what I am saying is that when we find ourselves on shaky ground and ready to throw in the towel, we deserve to give ourselves one more shot to SPEAK life into our heart. We have to fight for our mental sanity everyday and the only way to do this is to SPEAK. Speak the Word daily. Speak positive affirmations daily. Even when it hurts speak life into your being as you are worth it.

Trusting the Process

Every time a New Year rolls around, we are excited and filled with all the things that we will accomplish during the year. We prepare ourselves mentally and even try to make things happen in our own strength. Yet when the pressure is on and it looks like our plans our not manifesting as we planned them the 1st of January, our vision becomes cloudy and we may find ourselves in a state discouragement. Sadness may set in. Worry may set in. Even thoughts of suicide may surround us.

Sometimes we have to trust the process in when everything around us is showing us that we should throw in the towel and submit to the darkness. Yet, trust the process. The process that we cannot see is being orchestrated for our good by the Most High God. Pruning hurts period. Feeling pain hurts period. However in order for us to be able to receive the blessings of God in sound mind, we have to move through the process of the pain in order to get to the promise.

Let me break this down a little more. As human beings it is natural for use to want to see the fruits of our labor RIGHT NOW. However, if our circle and environment is not aligned with the promise it will destroy the hard work that we have done thus far. I don't know about you but I am tired of planting, sowing, and watering what has been destined for me and then all of a sudden it's gone. Not in this new season. Not anymore as I am snatching back what is mine physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.

As the Word says in Matthew 6:34 (NKJV), “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Take each day one day at a time and see it as another step towards reaching the goals the Most High God has planned only for you. There is no one like you who can do what you do. Therefore, trust the process and be not anxious in well doing as your time is coming (Galatians 6:9).

Peace In The Time Of Storm


The waves of life are crashing in and you feel like you are drowning. The life line that can save you feels like it is far from your grasp. You feel alone and wonder if the Source of your life can see or hear your pain.

Understand that the Most High God sees you and hears your cry. When our minds are in a state of chaos it is hard to hear from God as life and all its trials come swooping down from out of nowhere. Yet the Lord promises in the word that he “…will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV).

Begin to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (I Peter 5:7 NIV). As you move through the holiday season, know that the Most High God has created space in His bosom to love you. Let go and allow God to navigate your life so that you can finally experience peace during life’s storms.

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A State of Emergency: The Emotional Warfare Affecting School Children

By: Dr. April J. Lisbon


Children today are faced with a lot of trials and tribulations that we as adults may not have experienced in our past. With the influence of technology and immediate feedback, children are bombarded with positive and negative influences that shape their young minds.

Let’s take school bullying for example. The rise of school bullying at the building level and in cyberspace is creating unrest in children so much so that children as young as 7 have committed suicide. Why is this happening? Why are our children in a state of emotional unrest?
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The reality is that there is a spiritual war against the minds of our young people. In Ephesians 6:12 (NLT), it clearly states “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Our children’s minds are impressionable and without words of positive love and light filling their hearts, their minds are unclear of who they are and whose they are.

It is vital that our children hear that they are “….fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:14).
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We must take back our schools and create safe spaces for our children. We must be open and honest about the state of mental health in our society. We must advocate for our children today as they will be our future leaders of tomorrow. What good is it for our children to learn how to be great test takers if they are emotionally on shaky ground?

Take time today to connect with leaders within your school district to determine how you can use your voice to improve mental health services in schools. Connect with your local mental health organizations to see how you can lend your voice to creating change. Our children need you. They need to know that their lives matter and like them, our schools can no longer be in a state of emergency. With the blood of Jesus behind us, the war on our children is OVER!

Wednesday

Tyler Perry Pays Off Layaway Accounts For Christmas


Producer, Actor, Director Tyler Perry aimed to make sure more than a thousand strangers have a very merry Christmas this year.
He revealed on Instagram recently that he paid off all the items people had on layaway at a pair of Atlanta-area Walmarts as a Christmas surprise.
"I know it's hard times and a lot of people are struggling," Perry said in the video. "I'm just really really grateful to be able to be in a situation to do this. So God bless you. Go get your stuff."
The "Madea" star paid for all items that were registered on layaway through 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, telling people they only had to pay one penny when they went to pick them up.
Walmart said in a statement to TODAY:
"Tyler Perry’s generous donation is making an unbelievable difference for so many families, and we can’t thank him enough for his kindness,'' "The heartfelt excitement and joy we’re seeing from our customers as a result of his holiday gift has been touching."
Store Associates got to witness how amazing the power of generosity is BIG TIME. Kindness is a gift that keeps on giving! Way to go Tyler Perry!
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