Let Him Lead…

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If you were to Google the statement, “Let Him Lead”, you will find article after article about how as women we should allow the man to “take the lead” in our relationships.  However, I want to focus on the term, “Let Him Lead” in a biblical sense.  So, let’s begin by looking at Proverbs 6:8 CEV, which says:

Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. Don’t ever think that you are wise enough but respect the Lord and stay away from evil. This will make you healthy, and you will feel strong.

But I’d like for us to look a little deeper, as the Holy Spirit continues to ask me, are you sure that you are ready? The other morning, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine and it appears that the Holy Spirit has asked her the same question that He had asked me and He may be asking you the same question(s);  Are we ready for what He has planned for us, as it applies to our lives, careers, new business, new ministry, new relationship or in taking any or all of that to the next level?

I believe that we all have been preparing, but we may have moved without our Guide.  Some of us may have taken on His responsibilities, that of the Holy Spirit and not ours, simply because He wasn’t moving fast enough.  Others may have been reluctantly obedient, like me.  Reluctance is brought on by fear and apprehension because we have not totally trusted God with His plan for our lives. Why? Because it’s impossible to Trust the Lord with our whole heart, without the Power of the Holy Spirit.  We must “let Him lead!

I had a new revelation, which I’m almost embarrassed to admit… when we say that all that we need is already in us, although it is true that the Lord has put in us, our gifts, talents, and abilities, without the Holy Spirit, that will not have the power as the Lord intended.  I realize now that I may have mis-spoke if I have given you the impression that we can accomplish what the Lord has called us to do without the Holy Spirit leading, guiding, and directing us on how we use and apply all that the Lord has put inside of us. 

What’s very interesting is that in most cases, we’ve prayed and asked the Lord for His help, but when the Holy Spirit speaks to us, we still try to break it down into pieces that are within our control, instead of applying exactly what He’s said to us and allowing Him to lead us through it.

So, what’s the answer, we must stop trying to control the outcome, as we are able to comprehend it.  For our vision to come to fruition, for us to bear good fruit, we must not be afraid or fearful when the Lord wants to expand our territory and extend our borders. He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.  Our assignment requires His anointing, and our calling requires God’s Power, the Power of the Holy Spirit, neither of which can we accomplish within our own power. The Bible says:

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”  Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6

In all of this, the most important, extremely critical element, He commands that we Love Him…

Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] This is the first and greatest commandment.

Matthews 22:36-38

Then, in John 13, Jesus, himself, said…

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:34-35

Although our patterns of worship may be very different, I think some of us were taught things that we thought the Lord required of us that has made our worship a lot more complicated than it needs to be.  It’s simply starts with a little talk with Jesus, telling him all about our troubles, remember that song, just talk to him!…”Let us tell Him about our troubles, He will hear our faintest cry and He will answer by and by, Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning and you know a little fire is burning, you will find a little talk with Jesus makes it all right…”  written by Reverend Cleavant Derrick, who sold it in 1936 for roughly $50.00 (a little-known fact).

Ultimately, we must know our God as not only a Father, who comforts us when we’re in pain but also one who will chastise us when we get it wrong.  Asking him to lead us in ALL we do and stop trying to do it without Him, and trusting Him with entire being.   I believe that there is a Holy Ghost shift going on, which I think started with the pandemic. He is really trying to get our attention, so that we understand that we must be ready to walk purposefully into what God has for us.

The Holy Spirit keeps showing me that there are several women who may just be so busy living life that they’ve lost sight of living on purpose.  For most women, it not from a lack of trying, she make time for her devotionals in the morning, she finds a moment or two to pray in the evening, she goes to church faithfully on Sunday, but with whatever time she has left in her 24-hour day, it is extremely difficult to prioritize those things that the Lord has told her to do.  So, you may be asking yourself, what on earth could the Lord possibly expect from her?  She just may have to ask Him, because unless we “Let Him lead” us, we assume that we are doing everything that He wants us to do when the Holy Spirit may be trying to pull us into an entirely different direction. 

We must realize the magnitude of our assignment and that we can’t accomplish within our own power and control.  For us to keep moving forward, we must no longer operate business as usual but know that we are hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, even as I speak, so Let Him Lead you!

Reluctant Obedience …

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Well I’m sure that with a topic like “Reluctant Obedience“, you must be curious of what does that really mean. It’s an oxymoron at the very least, so please allow me to explain…

If you read my blog posts regularly, you know that I have been in a rather unusual place spiritually for over a month now. It started around the beginning of February, when business (just like the Kerith Brook, remember the Elijah story – 1 Kings 17?) started to dry up.   I won’t bore you with all the details, but my relationship with the Holy Spirit became even more intentional and intense.  As I was coming out to my drought, He started to ask me some very poignant questions about my spiritual preparedness for what was ahead and apparently, I was not ready! 

Then, about the middle of February, something very interesting happened, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to take my Order Your Steps podcast to the next level.  For the first time that I can remember, the Holy Spirit was very specific on the details.  However, in the spirit of total transparency, I reluctantly obeyed… I tried to explain to the Holy Spirit that most of the women are too busy to even listen to podcast, yet alone participate in, yet another Zoom meeting on a Sunday afternoon.  Now I’m sure that you all are judging me right now, but let’s be honest, why are we pretending with the Lord, He knows what we are thinking, before we think it. 

Well, a few women signed up, but I still was not convinced that it was going to happen.  But then I heard the Holy Spirit very clearly say something very profound, He said “it is not your responsibility to get them there, that’s my job, and your job is to prepare a place for them to come.”

So the question is, how many times have we been reluctantly obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, because we have taken responsibility for something that wasn’t ours to begin with and thought that we could control the outcome. 

Interesting enough, as I had suspected, we had to reschedule our Sunday chat.  Later that same afternoon, I was talking to a friend of mine about the situation, and the term, Reluctant Obedience came to my mind and yes, she judged me lovingly, of course.  I can only imagine what the Lord has in store for me, but I am definitely being prepared for the next leg of my journey.  So, yet again, I’m learned some very valuable lessons: 

  • Never challenge the Holy Spirit, a really, really dumb idea, and yes, I knew better.
  • When He tells you to do something, reluctant obedience is disobedience, and we never want to be guilty of that.
  • There are so many blessings that comes with our obedience to the Lord with your entire being. 

A Call to Love and Obedience

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.  And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good. 

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

The Blessings of Obedience

But you have seen the Lord perform all these mighty deeds with your own eyes! “Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter. If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey!  Deuteronomy 11:7-9

Deuteronomy 11:7-9

  • Knowing just how much the Lord loves us and He always knows and wants what is best for us, even when we don’t. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Hiding or Hidden – Part II

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The Holy Spirit has finally allowed me to continue with Hiding or Hidden – Part II, although we know that the last two blog posts were not really detours, but steps on our path that He had already ordained.  So, today we are considering if we have the courage to come out of hiding, from behind our stuff, our insecurities, or other people? Or are we simply hiding behind our busyness?  Either way, I must say that the Lord has truly been patient with us.  He has told us all that “He will be with us”, no matter what we may be hiding behind.

But what if the Lord is keeping us Hidden until He’s ready to expose us to those that need us.  I am reminded of a post that I shared with you last year, about the story of Elijah. I won’t rehash the whole story, but Elijah was hidden by the Lord from King Ahab.  You may remember that the Lord put Elijah in a safe place during the drought, which was due to last for 3 years.  During this time, Elijah didn’t hear from God, but he has food and water, so he was good.  The Lord had kept Elijan hidden until he was ready for his assignment and his assignment was ready for him.  Therefore, I am suggesting that although the Lord may not be saying much right now, we may also be hidden until just the right time.  The Lord will move us when He is ready, so we must continue to be patient and persevere.  We all know that waiting in silence can be tough, but we must stay encouraged.  Remember, in Galatians 6:9 NLT, it says,

So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Then in James, it says, For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

james 1:3-4

And finally in Hebrews, it says,

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.  Hebrews 10:36

hebrews 10:36

Just like Elijah, we will start to wonder what the Lord is doing, especially when we implement something that we know God told us to do, and it doesn’t quite work the way we planned.  Nothing can make us second guess ourselves more.  But we also should know that the Lord will disrupt a rather settled, peaceful situation, and then it seems like He goes silent. Yet, this is normally the time that we will start talking to Him, we may begin to pray just a bit more intentionally.  God is listening always for our voice, which has a unique sound in God’s ear. The Lord wants to from hear us, even in our frustration, even in our disappointment.

Well, the Bible doesn’t tell us, just how long Elijah waited, but at some point, the Lord told Elijah to come out of hiding and go to Zarephath, because there was someone who needed him, a widow, and her son, who were ready to eat their last meal and die.   You’ll have to read the rest of the story when you have a moment, in 1 Kings, Chapter 17. 

Bottomline, it’s time for us to get ready to come out of hiding, refined and refreshed for what’s ahead; to be confident in our gifting that the Lord has put in us and to know that the Holy Spirit will sustain us during our journey.

He said that He would be with us, wherever we go!  “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  So, ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether we are being hidden by the Lord or if we have chosen to hide from the Lord, He always knows where you are… and in due time, we will be revealed!

“Bear Good Fruit!”

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It is just like the Holy Spirit to turn what I thought would be a 2-part series into a three-part series, or maybe even a 4-part series.  So, for just a quick review, over the past few weeks, we decided that we are going to stop trying to hide from the Lord, seek His presence and worship Him; trust His sovereignty and lean into the Holy Spirit.   Today, we are going to delve into the idea of what it means to “Bear Good Fruit”.  As we look at Genesis 1:28, God created the earth and after He blessed all living things and said:

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” 

In chapter 2 of Genesis, the Lord had not caused it to rain and there was no man to till the ground, therefore, God formed man and breathed into him the breath of life.  He then put Adam in the garden to tend [work in it] and keep it [be productive].  We know that shortly thereafter He created Eve, but I won’t go too deep into that story, but I do want to focus on gaining a better understanding of the phrase, “Be Fruitful”.  We hear that phrase a lot these days, but what does it really mean?  Many times, there are things that we have heard and or learned that we have taken for granted and have not fully understood, that may be crucial as we continue to proceed on the next leg of our spiritual journey.  So, let’s go to the Book of John in the New Testament, as Jesus spoke to His disciples.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 

John 15:4 NLT

When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. John 15:8

John 15:8 NLT

 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

John 15:12 NLT

What is the fruit that Jesus is referring to?  When we lovingly obey the Word of God, we produce much fruit (the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is LOVE, joy, peace, and so much more).  “We are supposed to lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him as (we) bear fruit in every good work.”  As the Apostle Paul spoke to the saints in the city of Colosse, he said:

We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. Colossians 1:9b-11a

Colossians 1:9b-11a

So, what does all this mean?  For those of us that are being hidden by God”, before He fully reveals our purpose to us, we must be mentally and spiritually prepared to “Bear Good Fruit”!  We must take the Word to God, His Seed, plant it in our hearts, apply it to our lives and produce the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is Love, as we touch the lives of others.

Biblical Rest

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Last week, our topic was “Hiding or Hidden” – Part 1 and we talked about the impossibility of trying to hide from the Lord, and more.  So, this week, we were supposed to look at the idea of “being hidden by God”.  Therefore, you may have been a little surprised to see that our topic is “Biblical Rest”, but that’s because, as always, the Holy Spirit had other plans.  May I also say that I believe that there is someone whose readingthat is stuck and like me, has not realized it.  Our spiritual relationship with the Lord is sound, however, we may have reached a point in our spiritual life in which we have stalled, because of our mindset.  So, please read carefully, with an open mind and heart, to this potentially life-changing message. 

 A few weeks ago, “While in Winter”, we looked at biblical rest, a place that I am still in.  I realize now that I had found myself in “full speed ahead” mode, when the Holy Spirit said, “pump the brakes”!  Now with full disclosure, I had become a little, maybe a lot, impatient, a tad discouraged and a bit frustrated, when He began to ask me some rather thought-provoking, soul-searching questions, and the first being, are you truly mentally and spiritually prepared for where you are going?  My original “knee-jerk” response was “Of course, I’ve been preparing and planning for this a very long time”. But then, I had to take a LONG pause and think about what He was asking me.  The Holy Spirit had to remind me of Proverbs 16:3, which says, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed”.

He then took me back to the definition of biblical rest and I discovered that I had not truly internalized it.  Biblical Rest is not only something we do for our body, soul, and spirit, but a form of worship, when we completely trust the sovereignty of God and lean into His Holy Spirit… a form of worship!

The next question that the Holy Spirit asked was, “Do you know how to truly worship?’” Again, my hasty response was “Of course”, but Wait! since He was asking the question, obviously not!  For some reason, I thought that I knew everything about God, which sounds ridiculous now because with my finite mind, I could not possibly know everything about God.  Therefore, the key to my worship and maybe yours too, requires a mindset shift.  For us to be truly ready mentally and spiritually for what’s ahead, I am praying that the Lord will reveal to us aspects of His characters that we never knew existed, and that we find a place in His Presence that we’ve never been before, and the Holy Spirit will unlock a worship in us that we’ve never experience before. 

I don’t want to realize that the Lord has tried to make spiritual shifts in my mind and soul, and I decided to stay stuck in my old way of thinking.  I don’t want to be in a place where I’ve tried to maintain control of my situations and circumstances, while at the same time trying to be obedient, because to be honest, I was just not sure how the Lord was going to handle it.  What about you? 

For us to be truly ready mentally and spiritually for what’s ahead, we must completely trust the sovereignty of God, lean into His Holy Spirit and Worship the Lord with all that we are.…

“Hiding or Hidden”… Part I

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I’m sure that you have looked at this week’s topic, “Hiding or Hidden“, and have immediately wondered, What’s the difference?  Well, I am glad you asked…. Are we trying to hide from God? Or Is He keeping us Hidden?

Although I won’t read all of Psalm 139, David said this:

O Lord, you have examined my heart
    and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
    You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
    and when I rest at home.
    You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
    even before I say it, Lord.

I can never escape from your Spirit!
    I can never get away from your presence!
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
    and the light around me to become night—
12     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.

Psalm 139: 1-4, 7, 11-12

We know that we can’t hide from God, but we can shrink back from those things that we know He has told us and needs us to do.  We are just doing stuff or are we trying to camouflage ourselves amid our stuff.  The Lord would never tell us to forsake our responsibilities, however, I’d like to suggest that if we gave Him 100% of who we are, dedicated our time to Him first; He would give us more than what we needed to fulfill all our roles.  We may be overthinking about where the Lord may be taking us, wondering why He really wants to take us there anyway or we may just be afraid of going.   We have surrounded ourselves with so much mental and physical clutter that we just can’t think clearly at all and our atmosphere does matter.

So, here are some examples of hiding places:

  • Hiding behind the role of a busy wife and mother – Now I would never underestimate the importance of this role.  The Lord would never tell us to do something that would cause us to forsake our family.  However, I believe that some of us may have lost ourselves in this role and have become defined by what we do and not who we are.  As a result, we are always exhausted, feeling underappreciated and at times, unloved.
  • Hiding behind our busy career that we are comfortable in.  We know that we are needed, however, we have convinced ourselves that no one can do it as well as we can.  It’s a lucrative position and it pays the bills, yet it has become unfulfilling.
  • Hiding behind being a busy entrepreneur – Because we live in a constant state of uncertainty, i.e., where is the next client coming from, when will I get a new contract, etc.  We too must take a pause and make sure that we are listening to the Holy Spirit.  He may be trying to take us to the next level, but we would rather stay where we are safe and comfortable. We should never just settle for just enough to get by.  Survival mode will not work for where we are going; we must thrive.

So, what am I saying?  We may not be intentionally trying to hide from the Lord; however, we may be unconsciously avoiding what the Lord has called us to do by becoming preoccupied with all our other stuff.  I do realize that the stuff must be done, however, let’s look briefly at a few biblical characters that thought that they had valid reasons to hide too.

There was Moses, who after he killed an Egyptian, he went into hiding in Midian.  The Lord allowed him to stay there for 40 years, marry, have children and life was good.  However, Moses still has an assignment to lead the children of Israel from Egypt into the Promised Land and what he thought would have disqualified him, the Lord had other ideas.

10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”God answered, “I will be with you”

Gideon thought that he was hiding because he just wasn’t good enough.

15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”17 Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the Lord speaking to me.” 

Most of you may know the rest of that story…

 And finally, Saul, son of Kish was chosen from among them [to be crowned king]. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! 22 So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” 23 So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else.

So, do we have the courage to come out of hiding, from behind our stuff, our insecurities, or other people? Are we hiding behind our busyness?  Then I must say that the Lord will wait as long as He has to.  He has told us all that He “will be with us”; to help us out of our mental, spiritual, or even physical clutter, that we may be hiding behind. Remember there are people waiting for what the Lord has put in us.   

Next week, we plan to talk about “Being Hidden by God”, unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise…

While in Winter…

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As I mentioned last week, I have found myself in the Winter season, and the Lord has continued to clear my calendar, one client at a time.  At this point, since I have been at this place before, I was even more convinced that the Lord was freeing up my time for a specific reason and it was not so that I can play Words with Friends.  I believed that I had completed all the planning as the Holy Spirit had instructed and I was ready, so I thought.  Well, I asked the Lord,” what shall I be doing?”  Let me pause here to say that when you ask the Lord a question, His answer will not be what you are expecting, at all!

Anyway, the Holy Spirit presented me with two messages, very similar in nature to provide my answer.  First, I needed to realize the magnitude of the harvest and second, was I truly prepared mentally for what was ahead. This caused me to take a LONG pause.  Oftentimes, we think that we are so ready for our blessing, but are we really!

Although Winter is a time for rest, which means a time of “peace, ease or refreshment’, we must also understand the biblical definition of entering God’s Rest! Biblical rest is not only something we do for our body, soul, and spirit, but a form of worship, when we completely trust the sovereignty of God and lean into His Holy Spirit even amid the craziest situations.  Therefore, we must enter His Rest and be content. 

Then we must be prepared to step into a season that looks too big for us to handle and understand that we were created for this.  Our assignments are meant to make us uncomfortable. Our vision must be big enough to demand a bigger, better version of ourselves. With this in mind, we must:

1) REIMAGINE our vision.

2) REFINE our goals.

3) REENERGIZE our plans.

The vision that the Lord has given me is for 100’s of women to come, in seed form and be transformed into what God has created them to be.  God has designed and assigned me to be the one who can reach them.  While in Winter, our work doesn’t end.  We must focus on what we need to do to be mentally and skillfully prepared to accomplish our vision and for me this was a wake-up call.

We are quickly approaching Spring as we are waiting for the ground to thaw and soon it will be time to put the seeds in the ground.  Just like the farmer, I decided that there were projects around the house that I have continued to put off, so I got out my swisher and got to work. But you must understand that I really dislike dusting.  But now I can already feel a shift in my mood.  I can sense the vibration of an abundance of rain.  Most do not understand all the work that goes into harvest.  We often talk, wish, and pray for the harvest, but what about once it comes. 

Let’s look at an analogy of getting a new house.  The Lord will show us the vision of our new house.  It’s big and beautiful, but there is no way that we can afford that house.  We look at all the obstacles, and they are many, but the Lord says yes.  Therefore, we cannot ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit, no matter how small. He just continues to blow our mind.  Our faith walk begins and when we look back, the journey makes no sense.  Once we are blessed, we must tell others what the Lord has done.  Ultimately, reaping the harvest is for us to be fruitful, to be a witness to His glory and His Favor on us is to bless others. 

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

So, my question to you is, how big is your vision and what season are you in?

In Due Season…

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Last week, we left off with Galatians 6:9 KJV, which says; And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not, and we will come back to it a little later.  In the meantime, you may not have realized it, but we have five (5) seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and DUE season.  The Holy Spirit has been rather persistent with this message of Seed, Time, and Harvest, so I’d suggest that we listen very carefully as we look at the seasons through the eyes of a farmer. 

Winter, which is from early December to late February, is a time for rest! However, the work doesn’t end.  Now the farmers have time to fix machinery or other projects on the farm and prepare for the next planting season.  It’s February, so what season are you in?

As Spring begins, we are waiting for the ground to thaw out, and we want to make sure there will not be another frost.  Then from late March to late June is the time to put the crops in the ground.   Our time to plant and sow the seeds is right around the corner. 

Summer, which is July to early September, can make or break for most farmers. Rain is critical in these months but not too much! Too much rain can damage crops, but not enough rain can also damage crops. The perfect amount of rain, sunlight, and heat produces the best crops!

He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful.  

Isaiah 30:23a NLT

In the Fall of the year, late September to early December is the time where farmers get to see the reward of the growing season. Harvest starts in mid-September, and most do not understand all the work that goes into harvest.

While farmers celebrate the harvest season just once a year, we experience the spirit of harvest all the time.  Throughout the Bible, harvest symbolizes God’s provision, His protection, and His prosperity for us in Due Season, our 5th season.

If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 

Leviticus 26:3-4 KJV

As I was preparing for this blog post, as always, the Holy Spirit helped me to put the season that I’m in into perspective and I hope that it will do the same for you.  My season cycle began last spring, when the Lord planted a seed of expectation in my spirit that He was expanding the territory of Order Your Steps.  I won’t rehash the story, but I must tell you that I’ve gone through Summer and Fall, but I have not hit my Due Season.  Instead, I have found myself in the winter season and the Lord has me at rest, which I must admit is a tad uncomfortable.  I’ve done a lot of prep work for what’s ahead and I will continue to do so, but then what?   

As an entrepreneur, at times, I often find myself in a place of uncertainty, which is where I am now.  However, I’m learning to trust my periods of uncertainty because they deepen my faith.  Nothing can make us second guess ourselves more than when we implement something that we know God has told us to do, but it doesn’t quite work the way we planned.  I’ve heard it said that a delay, in not a denial, but have I tried to put the Lord on a deadline, based on my plans, not His.  VERY bad idea… So, as I laid in the bed the other morning, wondering about what He has in store for me, the Holy Spirit said very clearly, In Due Season

The Lord has given me a dream, so I’ve stepped out of the boat, like Peter. Although I’m still not certain if I’ll be able to walk on water, I must have the commitment and courage to take the next step and keep walking.  As we pursue our purpose, success, and greatness, we realize that it all will happen in His Divine Timing.  Therefore, we must not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap [the harvest], if we don’t give up. 

Un-Clutter Your Mind

We’re already 30 days into a new year and I’m very concerned that we are already consumed by the mental chaos of busy and out of our divine rhythm.  A stream of clutter is slowly turning our mental space into a chaotic mess.  Our minds, soul, and space are cluttered with unnecessary things and people that may be slowing us down.  Remember, I said that this year, we are being pushed even harder into our purpose and there is no time to waste.  We may be very busy but are we accomplishing the things that really matter to us the most.  Those things that will empower and motivate us to be the very best that we can be. 

Our lives should not be hustle and grind, but we must ebb and flow with the Spirit.  Prioritizing those things that are important is a great way to proactively take charge of your life.  It may sound redundant, but have we taken a serious look at where we are, where we are going, and thought of ways that we might get there.  A famous American poet Bill Copeland had rightly said, “the trouble with not having a goal is that we can spend our life running up and down the field and never score.”  We must be more mindful of our time, and have the courage to say no to the things that we would consider unimportant or unfruitful. 

In the last two (2) blog posts, we talked a lot about Seed, Time, and Harvest.  We want to plant seeds that will produce a bountiful, fruitful harvest.  Therefore, it is crucial that we unclutter our mind of all the non-essential mental baggage for us to stay focused, motivated, and productive for the rest of this year and years to come.  So, we are going to pause, take a deep breath, get out our journal and take some notes on what I’ve shared with you over the past few months. BTW, if you’ve listened to my podcast, this will be a review, but you will still need to take notes.

Let me begin by saying that we know that every year is a year of God’s favor.  Dr. Dharius Daniels defines God’s Favor as undeserved, unexplainable, irrational, preferential treatment. His Favor puts us in the right place at the right time according to His plan for us.  Therefore, if we have not earnestly given any thought to what His plan might be for us, then 2023 will most likely be no different than all the other years.  I will continue to emphasize the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit and being guided and directed by Him every day, all day and He will tell us and show us how to Live Our Best Live Ever! We must let go of our yesterday, make the most of our today, and trust the Lord with our tomorrow.

We are being pushed out of our comfort zone and beyond what we may consider our inadequacies and our limitations.  I believe that the Lord has given us a vision, dream, idea, and clarity of mind to accomplish what He’s given us, but we now must have the commitment and courage to take the next step and move forward.  As we pursue our purpose, success, and greatness, we realize that it all will happen in His Divine Timing.  He will give us what we need, not necessarily what we want, exactly when we need it.  It’s been said that “Success is never final; failure is never fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts,” [especially when the journey gets tough, and the mountains are high]. The Lord has given us ‘hinds’ feet’, the ability to overcome difficult challenges successfully.  Stumbling blocks are not going to slow us down and the mountains that we must climb will not stop us.  

In all of this, for us to accomplish what’s ahead we must set our Un-Cluttered Mind on the things above! We must keep sowing/planting good seed and the Lord will send us rain for the seed we sow in the ground, and let us not be weary, while we are working diligently and waiting for the rain, for at just the right time, we shall reap A bountiful harvest and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful… if we don’t give up.

The year has just begun, and it is much too soon to allow our mind to become cluttered with thoughts of discontent and defeat.  There are endless possibilities ahead, but we must unclutter our mind, soul, and space; and establish an atmosphere of peace, harmony, and grace, so that we will hear and know His voice, even when we can’t see Him. 

Seed, Time, and Harvest – Part II

Last week, we started our discussion on Seed, Time, and Harvest.  In Genesis 8:22a, it says, As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest…and the Holy Spirit showed us how the process of farming can be applied to our lives today. 

The Lord prepares the soil for the seed, that’s you and me, to be planted.  Over time, He feeds the soil, and He may have to pull up a few weeds, as He clears the path for where we are going.  Then we must be confident that He has put everything that we need into the seed and thus, our seed is sowed in faith.  But if we continually keep our eyes fixed on negative conditions, we will fail to sow or will lose faith in our seed. 

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. –

Proverbs 20:4

We must then be diligent as we wait.  It’s our responsibility to do the work no matter what the results because the Lord will reward us for our efforts and the quality of our work.  Remember, we will get out what we put in.  The Holy Spirit will give us guidance along the path, but without all the details.  However, we must not stop growing, while we wait for further instructions. The Lord will send others to provide the water for us to grow;

He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful.  

Isaiah 30:23a

The Lord provides a bountiful harvest, the reward for our labor. 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

So, don’t give up before the harvest!  To be honest, when the Lord gives us something to do, we cannot give up until the Lord says we can… and I really don’t believe that that’s gonna happen!