The Question…requiring an Answer

After church yesterday, my family and I get in the car to go out and have our Sunday lunch, and the restaurant of choice was….”Buffalo Wild Wings”! The reason being…on Sunday…KIDS EAT FREE!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾

So ummm, yea….we arrive, get seated and settled in, order is taken, and then…we wait. While waiting, I’m looking around at all the activity in the restaurant…how every wall of the room was crammed with a tv screen blaring some type of sport (of course…hence the place of choice🙂). I’m looking at the waitresses and how focused and tentative they were in placing orders. I’m noticing the families and couples that were seated at the surrounding tables, wondering if they noticed me noticing them!🤪

Then, for sure, there is all the energy being put out from my table alone…hubby and I deciding on choices from the menu, for us and the kiddos, the kids hype on trying to get hooked up with trivia from one of the tv screens, the correction from dad on the annoying, out loud, burps from one boy child to the next, and finally…Lailah trying to decide on her choice of seating…high chair, or mommy or daddy’s lap! Guess which seat was tagged first…🙋🏾‍♀️, however, daddy’s was not too far behind!😄 Of course, we were only trying to prevent a baby meltdown from occurring right at the start of what we’re hoping to be a nice, promising lunch, right?🙏🏾

In the midst of all my observations, suddenly, what do I see…large and boldly painted across the wall in front of me, but a “question”, that aimed and glared directly at me. Now, before I mention what arrested every single thought process I had swimming around at that moment…I must back up a bit.

That morning…was also similar, but with a bit more chaotic frustration. Moms out there, you probably are familiar with the hustle and bustle of trying to get the kids ready…Amen? My hubby was dishing out breakfast to all and getting boys dressed, I’m somewhat dressed (meaning I wasn’t totally sure if what I had on, was what I was gonna wear) and I’m dressing Lailah and doing her hair. Mind you, when I’m near done with her, she gets in a whiny, clingy mood, and my wardrobe is still unfinished and my hair…not even touched! It’s probably like 15 or 20 minutes left till we all needed to be out the door!

So, I try to quiet Lailah for a moment, and I’m yelling…”BRANDONNNNN”, thinking my dearest hubby would come and gladly whisk his lovely daughter off my arms for a bit! 😊 Problem with that was….Hubby wasn’t completely dressed himself, and he needed to tend to things as well!🤦🏾‍♀️ I’m moving about…and I’m noticing the boys are still half dressed, and by this time…out of frustration that I can’t get to “me” yet…I voice out loud at the boys(also indirectly at hubby)…”I don’t understand why it takes y’all longer to get dressed than it does “me”!!!!

Trying to come to terms on things, both hubby and I go on this back and forth of “you go do what you need to do first…I’ll tend to her”. Trying to compensate…yet irritated. (Does the happily married couple get some credit for trying to give and take, even a smidge?🤷🏾‍♀️😁) Finally, we’re wrapping up, and before heading out the door, me, trying to make sure I’m on top of things…I do a quick run through and scan, in making sure I have everything and that I’m not forgetting something. However, once in the car, about to back out the garage, I still have the thought, “I know I’m forgetting something…Oh well”!

Once we arrived at church, got every child checked into their class, (plastered with what feels like a long rope of name tags from my hand, that spits out the machine every Sunday), gave hugs and pats on the back to each child…and they were off. I must be honest, by this time, there is a nice little “Hi…good to see you” smile plastered across my face. 😜

We managed to reach our row of seats, right on time, and I tap the nice little lady on the shoulder, sitting at the end, so that we can easily squeeze by her, praise and worship starting at this point. I drop purse on the floor, sit in chair to bend down and shove the jumbled pile of name tags I had in hand, into my purse, and finally be able to collect a quick breath of “get it together”, just to stand back up and maybe, muster up some energy (notice I said “muster” 🤭)to even raise one of my hands in sweet praise and adoration for this beautiful day👏🏾the Lord 👏🏾has 👏🏾made!! 😞🤪

So where was I? Oh yes! Buffalo Wild Wings and the bold glaring question on the wall! At last! So VERY profoundly, the words read:

“CAN YOU HANDLE THE HEAT”?

Y’all, for real, every thought process I had was quickly interrupted. I was like…ok Lord…I hear You! Loud and Clear! Now, I must say…I was a bit reluctant to give any kind of full fledged answer right away. I’m thinking…Lord, how much heat we talkin’?!😄 But…ALL OF THAT, to say, truthfully and wholeheartedly, I have a “YES” resolve in my spirit, because I know He’s here, right in the mix of it all. I understand a lot of these things are just the norm or everyday-ness of life, and some things are happening that really come to test my faith, in some areas a bit more than others. The challenges present themselves, however, the scripture comes to mind, on the note in which I’ll end this post:

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

1 Peter 4:12-13

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It’s all because of Him

The following lyrics from one of Mary Mary’s songs has really hit home for me as of late and they are so very much…on point:

“I try, but sometimes I fail

Now I realize that I need your help

Cause I can’t make it all by myself

I need you, you, you”

See, that’s just it. “I” can never do anything “all by myself”! That’s just not the way God designed it. He made us to coexist, in this world with Him, to have fellowship and relationship with Him, to seek Him for our next steps. The reason why I am where I am in my life, right now…is all because of Him! He’s put a GRACE on my life to handle, take care of and do what I need to do…only through Him. He’s shown MERCY and gotten me out of messes and mishaps that I brought on myself, thinking it was “me” maneuvering my way, but because of mercy…I give all praise to Him. It’s because of His FAVOR, that I’m positioned where I am and that He’s allowed me to have any positive impact or influence…that in turn, glorifies Him.

This my friends, is what God doesn’t want me or you to forget. He wants us to always call upon, cry out to, rely on, and depend on Him. We don’t move or do anything in our own strength…that’s where we’ll quickly miss it. But thank you God for reminding me…that it’s not by might nor by power, but by Your Spirit…that is Your word…and Your word is truth, and Your word is life. My existence…is all because of You. This I will forever keep afore front, and it’s You, that I will constantly acknowledge in all my ways, because, like the songs says…”I need You, You, You”! 🎶

Let’s remember, we’ll always need Him to be who He created us to be. We serve a great God, and if we’re gonna be and do great things, here in this world, we only do it…with, for and through Jesus Christ Himself! That’s what I call living a great life, in sync with Jesus. Now you and Jesus, only how He designed it…GO LIVE YOUR GREAT LIFE! 😁👌🏾

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Have you ever had dreams and passions, that once acted upon or carried out, doubt creeps in and makes you question what it is you’re doing? I mean, once you muster up enough courage to try and move out on what sparks your entire being with life and creativity, then suddenly you begin to wonder…do I really have what it takes to make this work?

Well, I now ask you, my friends…do you? Do you have or even begin to have the faintest idea of what it takes to see those dreams and ideas come about? How about I take this time to show you, right here…and I just have to give it to you in this version:

““Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.””

Matthew 17:20 MSG

Y’all if you could see me right now, I’m about to run all over this room!!!! Did you just see what and how the Lord just put that flat out where the rubber meets the road? He just gave you the answer in that all it takes is “FAITH”, and guess what else…only a kernel or poppy seed size of faith! Well would you look at that. Now the King James Version says faith “the grain of a mustard seed”, which is what most of us are more familiar with hearing, but, that is it folks. No need for trying to muster up anything in and of our own strength or capacity, only just to have the tiniest bit of mustard seed faith…then watch God do the rest in bringing those dreams into complete manifestation or fulfillment!

I am embarking upon a new venture, (more about that later), and to tell you the truth, it’s a bit scary, and that very question of “do I have what it takes”, has surfaced several times. Then the Lord had to remind me to only have faith and believe in His power to get a thing done! The passage comes to mind, again in the Message version:

“The Messenger-Angel said, “Can’t you tell?” “No, sir,” I said. Then he said, “This is GOD ’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!’””

Zechariah 4:5-7 MSG

That is very encouraging and God has shown me that if I will just take the next steps of faith, He will fill in the blanks in bringing all the necessities parts and pieces together. I don’t have to know how this and that is gonna fit with this and that, He has just given a cheerful and assuring confirmation of “Yes! Yes! Do it”! Because I have chosen to believe God, He has shown me positive glimpses into my future which says…I have what it takes…have faith!!

Friends I leave this same message with you. Be bold and step out, in faith, on what the Lord has shown you that you can seize and possess. I dare say that, yes, you have what it takes! All that’s left for you to do is to speak to the mountain, and tell it to MOVE!!! Then like the scripture says, “there is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle”! With faith in God, you’ve got this!! Now go ahead…DO IT!!

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Not my will, but Yours be done

Not my will

On one of these good days the Lord has made, I found myself taking care of things around my house, that just couldn’t be put off any longer, and in the middle of me doing that, my oldest son, BJ, stops me and ask, “Mom, you wanna come up and sing and make music with me”? Now, truthfully I was thinking I’m busy at the moment, not right now, however I responded, “OK BJ, give me 5 minutes and I’ll be up there”. Now, if you’re a mom of several little ones, like myself, you are very familiar with the next scene I’m going to describe to you. So…as I climbed the stairway, one step at a time, I reached the top, (moment of transparency) only to discover almost the entire upstairs looked as if a tornado had ripped through some of the rooms, including the one I was to go in and make music with my sweet BJ. Now I have to admit, even though BJ was in position at the keyboard, playing, ready to have a jam session, my mind and next few words turned me into “Sergeant Mommy”, if you will. “Bryson!! Get all of these lego pieces off the floor”, “oh my goodness whose pj’s are those over there”, “why is this trash here and there”, “pick this up”, “turn that light off”!

Now…the next thing that took place is the entire reason for this post. My son, BJ, saw and could feel the seriousness and passion in my tone and could sense that this is what his mom wanted or “willed” for him and his brothers to do, so much so, that he stopped immediately what he was doing, playing those lovely chords that “he willed” for me to come along side him and sing, and instead, his next words were…”you know what, never mind, I’ll do it”. I did a double take to make sure that’s what I heard him say, and he was like, “I’m gonna help clean it up”. Right away, he started thoroughly picking up everything, in several rooms.

Now wait…see…I can hear some of you now, “awww why didn’t you go over there and sing with BJ”, “take time out with your son”, “the mess will be there, get to it later”, “they’re only under your care for so long, they’ll be out of the house before you know it”. Trust me, every single one of those thoughts came to mind, which is why I even went upstairs in the first place, to make music with my son. However, something else needed to take priority, in order to fully enjoy, sit comfortably in and receive all that would come from sharing a nice, musical, mommy & son moment. My will for us to share a moment in a peaceful and clean environment, needed to take precedence over what he wanted to do right away, but might not have reaped the full benefit and result, without, first, dealing with or clearing away the mess.

Now mind you, BJ and I make music often, however, the message in that really hit home for me. Can I honestly say those words that Jesus said to His Father, knowing what was set before Him and asking God to take it away from Him…”nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). Can I wholeheartedly say this and move forward in action, laying aside my will and the things I want to go about doing, the way I want to go about doing them? Will I do what God wills for me, the way He wants, even if it suddenly trumps my immediate desires?

This is what the Lord requires of me and you, to lay our will down and, instead, choose what He wills for our lives. You know, I’ve found that when we learn and practice implementing this lifestyle of surrender to Him, it makes things flow a lot smoother because we’re choosing to let God figure and position our everyday, as He sees fit. It frees our mind, as well, from the stress of feeling as if we have to do it all, plan out every detail or know what’s around the corner, because the truth is…we’re not God! He’s God, so we don’t have to play that role at all. He’s got this! So let’s, first, take care of God’s business, in trusting Him to handle ours, which then allows us to bask in and enjoy a lifetime harmonious relationship with Him. A relationship that will prove to be altogether enjoyable, satisfying and fulfilling!

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He Knows, He Sees, and He Cares

I want to encourage someone today with this testimony. Let me preface this by saying, I don’t know what you may be facing today, or something you’re experiencing that may be a bit difficult for you and you don’t see any way out…let me express to you that God is right there with you. He knows, He sees and He cares.  God showed me today, right smack dab in the middle of a tough situation, that He was present in it all.

You know life can come at you really hard and throw you some curve balls. I’m seeing it myself, and I’m sure I’m not alone.  I get really busy trying to take care of this and that, you know all the things a wife, mother, homemaker, church member, and things individually that I need to focus on and show up for, to where it can begin to overwhelm you.  Well, an interesting thing occurred on this week.  I had to take my boys to the dentist, and to make a long story short, 2 out of 3 needs a little dental work.  So mind you, the boys, surprisingly, are having a blast on their visit, but mom gets the news of what needs to be done.  So each of the boys was seen simultaneously, and between the dentist and the dental assistants, I kept hearing…. “Mrs. Freeman, if you could come over here so I can show you this”, “Mrs. Freeman, I need you over here please”, “Mom, come over here when you get a second”.  By the time I made it to the last child to get a report, I’m basically just trying to keep it together at this point.  So the assistant begins talking and giving the report, and while she’s speaking, I look down at her forearm and notice it is tattooed with the scripture Is. 41:10.  So I immediately stopped her in mid-sentence and asked her, “What does Isaiah 41:10 say”?  She paused, and one thing I noticed earlier, everything she had spoken to me previously came out with stumbled and tripped over words, but when she began to quote that scripture aloud…she looked me right in my eyes and those words flowed smoothly and ministered right to my heart… “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.” As she was saying it out loud to me, I didn’t care where I was at that moment, my hand slipped up in the air and I began to receive every word that proceeded out of her mouth.  That was just what I needed at that very moment in time.  I opened my mouth to tell her, “You don’t know how much I needed to hear that right now”!  God knew exactly how I was feeling and knew what to bring before my eyes to get my attention.  He stopped the flow of business, to let me know, personally, that He sees and He cares.  He was right there in the midst of my feeling overwhelmed to let me know that He’s my strength, my help, and that he will uphold me with his right hand.  Ya’ll I was trying to keep the tears back, but it encouraged my heart so that God took that time to let me know… “I’m here and everything is going to be alright”.

Friends, be encouraged today knowing that God is right in the middle of your situation, that storm, and sees everything that’s taking place. You’re not alone.  Anything that may have thrown you for a loop or caught you off guard, God has it all under control.  Things you may be in need of, remember that Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.  Take comfort in this my friends, that God knows, He sees, and He’s always there!  Be blessed today!

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Wanting what He Wants

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6 KJV).

What does it mean to want what God wants? This says that you are going hard after the things of God: what He wants you to do in this life, what He wants you to have, where He wants you to go and how he wants you to live. This scripture came to me as I began writing this morning, and I wondered “why”? As I read it over and over again, it resonated with me that being and remaining in the state of desire for what pertains to God, and all of Who is, means we’re wanting nothing else but to be in a position that’s pure, honest and humble before Him. Look at how the amplified breaks this down…I just love it: 😄

“Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied! ”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Look at that! We’re BLESSED, FORTUNATE, HAPPY and SPIRITUALLY PROSPEROUS when we seek, or “hunger and thirst”, to be in right standing with God. Look at what else happens…we are “COMPLETELY SATISFIED” when we want what He wants! Why? Because we’re steady filling ourselves up on, feeding off of, and quenching our thirst with The Living Word, The Living Water and Bread of Life Himself! Well, let’s take it a step further. The Message version of this verse tells us that:

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Well now! 🙂 Sounds like living a blessed and satisfied life to me! 🙂 I don’t know about you, but this is the position I long to be in and the type of life I want to walk in on a daily basis. No matter what’s going on around me or what’s taking place in this world, this is my focus in making sure I’m steadily pursuing God and living a life that lines up with what He’s requiring of me. Yes things happen in life that try to distract me from keeping this focus, but that’s when I take my thoughts captive and get my focus geared back into position, where it belongs.

Friends, let’s want what God wants for us today! It will only activate us to a position of living a blessed, empowered and enabled life! Doesn’t mean weapons of trouble, persecution and affliction won’t try to form or come against us, but guess what…IT WON’T PROSPER! Say it with me…”IT WON’T PROSPER”, “IT WILL NOT PROSPER”, “IT AIN’T GON’ WORK”! 🙂 You gotta believe that! But, again remember, operating in this blessed life only works when you’re consistently seeking after the things of God or wanting to live the life He so desires for you. Let’s focus in on what is and is not lining up with how God says we should live, so that we can fully flow in the blessings of God, and so He can get what He wants to and through us! We can’t work for, earn or deserve what God has for us, but we can receive salvation, repent and get the sin out, and then press toward walking out a life set apart and sold out for Him. 🙂 How about it? Let’s receive and enjoy the gift of salvation and then bask in the free flowing favors of God! 🙂

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Here’s The Word

So I was at my kitchen table the other day and decided to play BINGO Sight Words with my boys, Bryson and Brayden. I would call out the words on the card, and then both of them would place their chips on the word, if it was on their card. I would begin by picking up the word and would proceed to say things like, “Ya’ll ready…ok” or “the word is….”. Well apparently, my 3 year old, Brayden, was paying close attention, because once it was his turn to call out the words, he imitated what He had seen taking place. However, the difference was, once he picked up a word, he couldn’t read what was on the card. So instead, he would pull the card, look at it, lift it in the air and proceed with the loud and exciting, most bold declaration of…”HERE’s THE WORD”! 🙂 I, would then look at the word, read what it said aloud, told him where to place it, and after he put the card in it’s rightful place, he would then move on to get the next word. The hilarious part was that, each time, it was the same thing, with the same proclamation of…”HERE’s THE WORD”! He said it in such a way that I couldn’t shake it. I found myself moving around the house, then all of a sudden bursting out with…”HERE’s THE WORD”! 🙂

Well, it stayed in my spirit, and I kept thinking there is a message in this…Lord what are You saying? God then reminded me of the word He personally gave to me during my time of worship the other day. He simply said, “Yield to Me”. It settled so strongly that I needed to yield myself even more to God, and to Him alone, in every facet of my life. See, God has been making clear how I am to go and be about His business of Kingdom work, and how I am to represent Him and His standards wherever I go, in whatever arena He places me. The thing is, I must constantly keep in mind, it’s not about me, and I have to keep my entire being yielded to His purposes and what He is requiring of me. When I put myself in this position of complete surrender to Him and I remain in a posture where I’m open, ready and willing to hear and do what He says, I am then in a place where I’m cooperating with God and allowing Him to move and flow through me. He’s then able to position me where He chooses and can trust me to carry out His divine assignment.

So this became more clear in the game, with Brayden, when I took a closer look at what exactly was taking place. Every time Brayden declared, “HERE’s THE WORD”, that indicated to me, that’s where it starts, with the Word, and God Himself is The Word. Well, what happened after I told Brayden what the word said on the card? He heard and received instruction on exactly where to place the word, on the chart that was assigned to Him. Even more and most important, he ready and willingly yielded to the instruction of what to do with that word, thereby positioning him to receive another word and instruction for its assignment.

So…HERE’s THE WORD:

Everything becomes clearer once we start with God, The Word, and allow Him to instruct on how He wants us to go about carrying out His purposes throughout the earth. We must hear Him for the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, and maybe even on occasion, get the “why” He wants us in the place He has chosen. Our job is  to be ready and keep a life yielded and sold out for Him.

“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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