Living in the Overflow

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Over the past several weeks, I had begun to see and hear the word “overflow” in a lot of different places, for example, in sermons, bible plans, even on social media.  Oftentimes, I believe that it’s the Holy Spirit tries to tell us something, so although for a while I hadn’t it a lot of thought, I decided that it was time for me to pay attention. 

So, let’s look at what it means to “live in the overflow”.  First, I googled the biblical definition, I found this and was rather overwhelmed, it said; It’s in this place of prayer [in our constant conversations with the Lord] that we get saturated with God’s presence to the point we begin to overflow His glory. Wow!  I believe that the Lord always intended for us to live in His presence, which is why He put His Holy Spirit in us.  When God created us, we were never meant to simply live or exist. However, there may be times, when we do things that although they make sense, they may not please God.  The Lord expects us to allow the Holy Spirit that’s in us to lead, guide and direct our steps (our decisions) as we walk through this life. 

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen

Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT

We should never settle for less than what God has for us, so let’s always live in His Overflow!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 15:13 nlt

He may Never tell us Why…

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Although we often ask God, Why? … do we really want to hear His answer?  When we think about it honestly, God doesn’t actually owe us an explanation for what He does or how He does it.  But this is by no means in a callous, uncaring sort of way, but I believe that the Lord knows that there is nothing that He can say that would satisfy us, … an answer that we could actually embrace and understand. 

As of late, I have no idea where the Holy Spirit is going to take my downloads, but here we go… I woke up Friday morning and was about to prepare for my first appointment and the client called me to cancel.  Something was weighing on her mind, but I didn’t pry.  So shortly thereafter, a friend/client left me a voice message to say that her son had passed.  Although he was an older man and she had expected it, it is never easy to lose a child, at any age … and then I listened to a somewhat disturbing relationship podcast that a friend had sent me that she wanted to discuss.  It was at that moment that I felt that I had been bombarded with glimpses of what people are going through and I began to cry.  So, I went to the Lord in prayer. 

Once I got off my knees, I felt relieved that I had done what the Holy Spirit had prompted me to do and not try to take on the burdens of others, but to intercede and bring their cares to the only One that could give them the Grace & Peace to get them through, no matter the situation.  But then He brought me back to the title of this week’s podcast, “He may Never tell us Why?” and if He did, we probably wouldn’t like His answer, nor would we understand.  But there a little bit more to this story…

Later that morning, I had an opportunity to talk to my friend, who had just lost her son.  She told me that although she was sad, she was grateful to God (that is an entire message by itself).  Ms. H. is in her 80’s and to me, she is what God’s Grace looks like.  The Lord allowed our paths to cross a few years ago when I was given the task of helping her to downsize so that she and her son could move to California to live with her daughter.  Since arriving in California, Ms. H. has faced one challenge after another and EVERY time I speak with her, she says how very grateful to God she is. 


My prayer is that especially when the walls of life seem to be falling around us and we may have no idea why… we know somewhere deep in our spirit that the Lord loves us so very much and He is working ALL things for our good…. Now He does not say, by no means, that ALL things are good. 

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 KJV

The New Living Translation says it this way:

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. N

Romans 8:28 NLT

Although I felt like crying again as I typed this, I believe that there is someone out there listening, who needs to know that you may never know the why of your situation or circumstance, no matter how big or how small.  You can keep moving forward because God has you hidden in His secret place.  He is our refuge and our fortress [our place of safety and protection]. (Psalm 91).  I’m reminded of the poem “Footprints in the Sand”, we may think that He has left us, when in fact, the Lord is carrying us…and He may Never tell us Why!

There’s Just No More Room…

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Today’s message is in my confession… so please allow me to explain.  It’s early Sunday morning and I’m lying-in bed and there’s already a thought in my head that’s on instant replay and I’m struggling to really know what my Holy Ghost download would be for this week.  Originally, this message with going to be, “The Noise was Just too Loud”.  The reason being that so many things had gone on last week that my thoughts were so loud and so distracting, that I felt that I had not heard the Holy Spirit the way that I should have. But instead, today’s message is “There was Just no More Room” … or So I thought?” 

While in a mode of self-condemnation, I had to get up, pray and tell God that I was sorry. But as I prayed, He said, “don’t give the enemy that much credit”, you still heard me, you just ran out of room in your mind for ME.  So, my message to you today is that we cannot afford to get so overwhelmed with the cares of life that it feels like we have run out of room in our minds nor our hearts for God. We must make sure there’s always space for those things that the Holy Spirit brings to our minds that we need to hear, so that we will know what He needs us to do. 

Once I had talked with the Lord, I got up off my knees and the Holy Ghost downloads were flowing.  So, although, there were other “feel good” messages that I thought that you would prefer today, the Holy Spirit said no. Have you ever got in a debate with the Holy Spirit?  I know that has never happened to you, but it’s happened to me and let me tell you, Number One, it’s a very bad idea and Number Two, you are NOT going to win.  So, while I tried to share something that I thought you would prefer to read, I opened my Bible plan for the morning and it said, “At times, our lives are so full of other stuff that we aren’t giving God space to move through us!” So, of course, I had to concede and give you what the Holy Spirit had given me for you.  There’s someone reading that needs to know that although it feels like they’ve allowed other things to occupy the Lord’s space and He wants you to know that [He] is able, [and wants to], through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. … but we must be sure that we make room.

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Now before I go, I want to share with you the moral of this story.  On Friday morning, on top of everything that was already in my head, we discovered water leaking from the ceiling into my family room.  I won’t bore you with all the details, but ultimately, the problem was resolved, and fairly quickly, I might add.  But what’s funny, is that on Sunday morning, after prayer and I’d allowed the Holy Spirit to put things into perspective, my husband asked me to come and sit beside him. He said that he remembered the time that I would have absolutely “spazzed out”, when I realized that the ceiling was leaking, and he is soooooo right.  He said that wouldn’t have gotten any sleep and he wouldn’t have either.  But all I could say, was I’ve grown… the Holy Ghost had given me a calm that made no sense. There was an assurance that the problem would be resolved, and my only real concern was that it would cost me a fortune, which it did not.  So, it was interesting and sort of funny at the same time, to realize I hadn’t truly run out of room.  Those things that we would consider huge, are never so big that they will occupy all of God’s space in our mind and heart. The Lord will do His part, if we let me, so that we can do our part… and I’m sure that that goes for you too…

Provided that you always take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying.

It’s Just Not Gonna Make Sense…

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I believe that our biggest opportunity in life today is that we keep trying make it all make sense! I’m sorry that I have to be the one to tell you that it’s not gonna make sense no matter how hard we try.  Our lives are in God’s hands, when we allow Him to take control.  We are God’s children; He knows everything about us.  We are His AMAZING creation, and we must stop trying to figure out the Creator!  

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.
You go before me and follow me.
    You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too great for me to understand!

Psalm 139:1-6

I can never escape from your Spirit!
    I can never get away from your presence!

psalm 139:7

Unfortunately, in the midst of the chaos of this world, we are being inundated with all kinds of the negative information and numerous distractions and if we are honest, we have to admit that it becomes more and more difficult not to ask God why.  Contrary to what many of us have been taught, it’s ok to question him. However, we must Wait for an answer and Have Faith!  Keep in mind, that you may not get an answer and or the answer you get is just Not gonna make sense!

A friend sent me a song by Donald Lawrence, called, “Not Making Sense, Making Faith”.  The lyrics go like this…

Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen.
It lives beyond the senses,
You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, you just have it.
I’m in a season that requires GREAT faith.
Fear and doubt are all around me.
But I’m standing on what The Word says.
Faith is the evidence of what I can’t see.
And when people doubt the things that I do.
When I do what God told me to…
For the rest of my life I’m not making sense,
I’m making faith.

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And with that …Drop the mic!

Do You have a Destination in Mind?

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Over the past few weeks, we have talked firstly about recognizing that we are different.  The Lord choses who He will, based on His standards, not ours.  We talked about that once we are chosen and are given our assignment, we must do it His way.  The way everyone else does it, just won’t work for us.  So, as we complete each task, “how would we define our success?”  I’d like to suggest that this question may be a tad premature.  I believe a better question would be, as you move forward, “do you have a destination in mind”?  

We know that although the Holy Spirit will lead us and direct us towards our ultimate goal, He will not give us all the details.  Therefore, it’s alright for us to have a vision or a dream, or something that we’ve always wanted to accomplish. Or is it that you can see where you want to go, but it seems that everything keeps getting in your way? May I suggest that once we see our destination and we are determined to get our destination, we may face obstacles…

I’m reminded of the story of Nehemiah.  The Lord called Nehemiah to leave his position in the palace to go rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.  But when he got Jerusalem, he was met with opposition from all sides.  However, he would not back down.

19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. 20 [He] replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. 

Nehemiah 2:19,20 NLT

We must understand that there will be people that just won’t be on our side.  You will have to read the whole story, but no matter what came against Nehemiah, he would just tell the Lord about it. 

Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!” Then [he] prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of[c] the builders.”

Nehemiah 4:3,4 NLT

Remember, this is the Lord’s work, not ours.  Now, we don’t want any harm to come against our naysayers, we cannot allow them to stand in our way.  We must know who’s side we are on and who’s on our side! 

The Apostle Paul says it this way:

30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Romans 8:30,31

It’s Always very important to take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

We Must Do It His Way

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Today, I want to speak to all of you who may be trying to emulate the way others have done things in the past and have expected the same results.   In the world of the social media, there is a proven method of success for everything; for example, starting a new business, making your first million and yes, even losing weight.  But it’s interesting that although millions of people may try these methods, they may not achieve the same results. I believe that some of us may have diminished our own self-worth and sabotaged our goals, dreams, and desires by trying to be who “they” thought we should be and do it the way that thought that it should be done. But many of us are now discovering that to achieve the Lord’s desired results, “We Must do it His Way”!

Last week, I briefly spoke about Dr. Dharius Daniels’ message entitled, “This Doesn’t Fit”.  Although last week, I focused on the end of the message, today, I’d like to talk about the message itself.  Dr. Daniels spoke about the story of David and Goliath, and although, it is a familiar story, he focused on the fact that when David fought Goliath, it was in a way that everyone, including Goliath, thought would never work.  The Israelites had underestimated David’s ability.  King Saul tried to convince David that he should wear his armor and carry his sword. David had to tell the king, who he respected very highly, that he just couldn’t fight the giant his way. King Saul’s armor was just too big. The armor didn’t fit. David had to go with what he knew.

We too may have to push past what others may say just won’t work and do it the way that is authentic to who we are and any other way, just won’t work. We may find that what others consider our biggest disadvantage may play out to work in our favor.

Each of us have been given a specific assignment by the Lord and although, it may look like someone else’s, ours is different.  The Holy Spirit has shown each of us a unique way to develop, implement and executeHis plan to achieve His desired results.  We must do it His Way!  We cannot afford to sacrifice our innate ability, our God-given gifts and talents, for the sake of being successful, according to society and cultural standards.

How do we define “success”?

As you ponder that question, remember to always take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying….

You were Never meant to Fit In

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The topic for this week’s blog post was all in my corn flakes… and what’s fascinating is that I didn’t realize how much so until Friday and I normally post on early Monday mornings. The Holy Spirit continues to Blow my Mind on how He works, and in most cases, we don’t even realize that He’s working on our behalf, especially as we move into new unchartered territory.  I’m starting my life coach certification program next week and I truly started to panic!  I was having some serious 2nd thoughts about all of it… maybe this isn’t what the Lord wants me to do, I don’t think I’m going to be able to be disciplined enough to do the study, what if I fail, maybe it costs too much right now, etc. etc. etc.  I’m sure that the Lord was just shaking his head, but He still allowed people to cross my path to talk me off the ledge. You may wonder, as I did, how does starting a new on-line program and the idea of not fitting in connect to each other?  As I look back, I’m not really sure if it does, but, as I continued to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, I found something even more interesting unfolding and so there’s a bit of back story to this podcast so please bear with me.

It started with a very good friend of mine, who asked me to share a few words of encouragement with a young woman, who was making some major life and career decisions. This is what I said to her:

“You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have been uniquely designed for the journey ahead.  Your steps have been ordered and all you need is already in you, but you may have to wake up some things, develop some things, and cultivate other things. Be authentic, but don’t just settle for “that’s just who I am”. But strive to be the best you, that you can be. You have nothing to prove to anyone, but yourself. Don’t take folks with you that don’t want to go. You want to be with folks that are growing also and not mad at you because you may be outgrowing them. No, I don’t mean that you should separate from spouse, family, and friends, but they should be your greatest supporters, not your naysayers.  So, it may get tough, but don’t get discouraged.  If it gets hard at times, then back up a step or two, assess the situation, work smarter and keep going!

I was amazed at how the Holy Spirit spoke through me, but I still wasn’t connecting the dots.  Then later in the week, I listened to a message entitled “This Doesn’t Fit”, by Dr. Dharius Daniels.  At the end of his message, he talked about the fact that he had never seemed to fit in, even when he was called into ministry.  He said that even as we are walking in our calling, we are not healed from that feeling of being different, if anything it’s the complete opposite.  There may be certain things in our appearance, personality and even character, that may need to change.  However, there are things that the Lord has designed specifically in us.  He has created things in our character and in our personality, that’s unique to us.  But, for example, if you’re mean for the sake of being mean that’s not what I meant.  However, the Lord has put things in us that are critical to our ultimate purpose. There may be that one person that’s meant to receive only what we have, the way only we can deliver it.   On the other hand, there may just be some weird things about us, but there is still no denying our talents, our skills, our God-given gifts… nor our purpose, our calling, our destiny.

According to the today’s societal and cultural standard, who we are and the things we are called to do, are not gonna make sense.   Have we been fighting to prove to people, including ourselves, that we are good enough, not with arrogance, but with confidence.  Have we’ve been fighting to fit in to other peoples’ expectations of us? This is when I had my epiphany… Although in recent years, I’ve learned to be ok in becoming exactly what God called me to be, however, my list of insecurities is still endless.  I’ve never quite felt that I fit anywhere.  I’ve often wondered if something was wrong with me.  I always felt weird.  But I was never supposed to fit in, and neither are you.  Dating back to when I was a young child, all my cousins on my dad side of the family, were light-skinned, so I was considered too dark.  Then, by God’s design, I became a young woman that was over 6 feet tall, that many times was mistaken for a guy… that truly does something to the self-esteem. You may not believe it now, but to top it all off, I’m an introvert and found it very difficult to talk in a space where I didn’t know people.  Obviously, this is exactly the space where the Lord has called me to be and now, none of those other things really matter.  

For some reason, the Lord tends to call us to perform in areas that we feel inadequate in.  Remember Moses, Jeremiah, and so many others.  As we walk in our destiny, in our purpose, in our calling, we may always feel inadequate, but at some point, we will feel comfortable in our own skin, and we will embrace our unique design. We are just the way that the Lord needs us to be, and we’ll be confident in all the things that God has put in us, yet we know that can’t do anything with Him.

Footnote: There may not be any connection to me starting an on-line program, but I believe that the Holy Spirit took this opportunity to show me me.  So, as it was written at the bottom of my journal on that fateful day, I will “Trust His Timing”!  I’ve signed the contract and sent in my deposit. I’ve bought the books and I’m off and running. Wouldn’t you know that now the Holy Spirit has begun to download the framework for my new Order Your Steps offering… Drum roll please!  

Coming in 2023, “Life after Clutter: A Mindset Shift!

Sounds like the name of a book, doesn’t it? … Stay tuned or more information as I enter this new unchartered territory of life coaching.

Always remember to take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying….

Take a Praise Break!

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I want you to take time throughout the week for a “Praise Break”!  Forget about your problems, forget about your cares; forget about the situation and circumstances at hand… and Remember God is Good, All the time and all the time God is Good!

Although I know that you have a few favorite scriptures of your own, I thought that I would go the Book of Praise and share a few verses with you…

 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
    Your glory is higher than the heavens.

Psalm 8:1 NLT

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.  I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:1-2 NLT

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1-2 KJV

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad... Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:1-3

Let everything that have breath praise the LORD.  Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6

As you go about your day this week, Take a Praise Break.  Find a Psalm to read or simply a song to sing.  You may remember the old hymn that most of us have heard many times…

“When I Think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he’s done for me my soul cries out Hallelujah, thank God for saving me!”

 No matter what comes our way, Life is still Good!

Coming Out of a Dry Place

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So, let’s take up where we left off last week, are you in a dry place as Elijah was, sitting by the Kerith Brook watching the water dry up? But remember, this is a place where the Lord has sent you, a place that felt really good, at first.  You were going along at a pretty good clip and then, all of a sudden, the Lord says, “hold up, wait a minute, you’ve gotten too comfortable. It’s time for you to pull up. You’re moving too fast!  Did you forget who’s driving?”   It is at this point that we must be willing to give the Holy Spirit the steering wheel and guide us as we’re “Coming out of our Dry Place”!  The Lord has told us…

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9 KJV

As I was just living life this week, I kept hearing the word “surrender” and I wondered how does this tie into us coming out of a dry place?  I believe that to come out of a dry place, we must be willing to surrender or relinquish the control (the steering wheel) to the Lord.  It is implied throughout the bible that we should willingly give the Lord total control of our life, our decisions, and our will. The operative word being “willingly”.  However, I invite you to study this more on your own, because it can be confusing to a certain degree.  The Lord does not want a rag doll or puppet.  He won’t take control; He’s not going to force us to give Him control.  He wants us, in its truest sense, to trust Him because He truly knows what’s best for us.

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 NLT

Although this is a place that God has put us, He never intended for us to stay here.  God has purposed our dry places as a time for reflection, preparation, and motivation.  He knows when it’s time for us move and, in essence, when we think about it, we really don’t have a choice.  He knows what’s on the other side.  There are folks waiting for us, there are things that we must do, yes, miracles for us to perform. You may be thinking miracles, really, all I can say is, do not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit.  Our blessing is also in the mix, the answers to prayers that we’ve been waiting for, are on the other side of that dry place as well.  Remember what I said, if we do our part in the natural, we will be able to watch God do a miracle in the supernatural.

But, if you are like me, oftentimes, the voices in my head are on repeat, as I try to figure out where I may have gone wrong.  We should never stop critiquing ourselves because that’s the only way we will get better.  However, we must make sure that the volume is not so loud that we don’t hear anything else, especially when the Lord is trying to talk to us.  The Lord knows, at some point, we will ask Him “why am I here” and He will hear us, which means that He was there all the time.

It’s been dry, long enough.  It’s time for us 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 Lord is always with us, especially when He takes us out of our comfort.  He may just send a disturbance in our lives to bring us out of hiding for those that are waiting on the other side and the Holy Spirit will sustain us during our journey.

So make sure that we are listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

My Breakthrough!

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Let me begin by asking what is a “breakthrough”?  I looked for a definition that would be befitting for what I’m about to share and I found this:  A breakthrough is something that changes the course of your life going forward and ensures that things will never be the same for you again. Most of what a breakthrough requires is for us to have the courage and the bravery to stop settling for second best. 

So, here’s my story:  I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a life coach, since I started Order Your Steps, more than 10 years ago. Once I became an evangelist, I thought that I could cross life coach off my goals list, however, the two roles are not the same.  So, it just so happened that the Holy Ghost struck again.  My cousin called me to refer a new client to me.  She was also a professional organizer, but she told me was now a certified Christian life coach.  I explained to her that I had been interested in becoming a life coach, so she suggested that I go through a coaching session with her, to better understand the experience.  

For the past few years, especially with the onset of the pandemic, I’ve continued to try to understand where the Lord is taking my ministry.  I’ve often said during this podcast, that I’ve been compelled to strive to encourage and inspire women especially during these most difficult times.  We’ve never sure of the exact path that the Lord has laid before us, but His message to me has been very consistent, and that is for all of you to pause and listen! 

During our life coaching session, my cousin asked a series of very thought-provoking questions and when we were about an hour into the session, I felt overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit, and as I was talking, I started to tear up, but I didn’t really understand why at the time.  However, it was in that moment that I realized that the listening to the Holy Spirit was not just to hear His direction and instruction for our daily lives, but in that moment of pause, we may hear the answer to our many prayers.  This was my breakthrough!  Something had changed the course of my life going forward.  You may be able to see it from my perspective, but the Holy Spirit has shown me a whole new dimension to what His message had been to me and how I should share that message, especially to other women, and men too, if given the opportunity. 

I’ve often heard prayer defined as simply having a conversation with God. During this time with the Lord, we talk, usually asking Him for something, however, it must also be a time to listen. 

Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left. 

Isaiah 30:21 NLT

I’m on a mission to do whatever it takes to do what the Lord needs me to do, how about you?  “When we do our part in the natural, we get to watch God do a miracle in the supernatural.”

If you are looking for a Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, please contact Liz Mason (my cousin) at 240-437-7218 or check out her website.

Next week, we may talk a little more about listening… when it’s silent, unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise.