Love is a neverending force that is the strongest force in the Universe. Love does not buckle and does not fail. I continue to have hope in humanity and hope in Love. I do understand that I cannot get weary in going good, because my seeds of good will harvest fields of good from others.
The universal law is true, “What you plant is what you harvest.”
New International Version (NIV)
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
I try to always be transparent with you, as I believe that truth is liberating and freeing.
First, let me say that I am so blessed to have subscribers from literally every continent on the globe. I’m glad that Sacred Journey Devotionals is a place that we all know and understand that we a family of many ethnicities.
These past few days and weeks, I have truly been struggling with being a Light. I am an African-American woman, who was born and raised in the South to two very well educated and professional parents. My mother was very vocal during the civil rights movement and my father made history, in the small Tennessee town where we lived.
My mother participated in sit-ins and other civil rights activities and my father was one of the first black men to ever work at the Oakridge Nuclear Power Plant. Initially, he and other black men had to receive a military escort into the plant. I did not learn about this until the year my father died from cancer.
I thought, as the years progressed, that our culture would drastically be more progressive, inclusive and accepting. It seems as though every time I turn on the news now and I see so many of our African American men, boys and children being terrorized.
This weekend, watching the news, I see the knee of an officer on a handcuffed man’s neck. I just watched the video in horror and just cried. I thought about my husband immediately and I became terrified.
My husband goes out each week and works so hard for our family. However, he knows that in order for him to ensure his safety, he tries not to travel at night or to travel alone if working outside of the state.
I literally had a panic attack this morning watching him leave the house. He just held me and let me cry. I’m telling you all this so that you can understand my heart.
I come from a beautiful ethnically diverse family. We love each other so much. I just wish I knew what to do to help change the world.
I have faith in the Lord, it’s people that scare me. Please pray for the hearts of man to change.
When I realize that a mask was being worn by a familiar face, I was confused, hurt and dazed.
I called the “Masked One” a friend.
I gaze now, trying to figure out who has been looking at me this whole time. Is it…. Was it …. a friend OR foe?
The Spirit, that whispers, was able to tell me in time, “Look behind Its back.”
I didn’t want to believe it, but Spirit kept repeating, “Look behind its back.”
Tears fell, when I saw a brief glimpse of something shiny in Its hand.
Why, I dont understand, what have done?
Spirit whispers, “What is behind Its back was not meant to attack you. The weapon is to self inflict. The “Masked One” is not whole. I’m waiting for IT to hand it over to me. The Masked-One does not realize that as long as something is in Its hand, IT wont be able to reach for Me.”
I say a quiet prayer, “Spirit, free It from its self imposed prison. Set IT free.”
Spirit replies, “I cant until It cries out for Me.”
I pray that each of you would look for God today, as if you were looking for a precious stone. As you seek God, may joy, peace, and mercy be revealed. Today, we have the pleasure of receiving a fresh batch of Joy.
New International Version (NIV)
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Go in peace, mercy and love, while sharing with others the same joy that you receive.
If you want peace today, help someone else have peace. If you want joy today, help someone by bringing them joy. If you want love today, show someone how much you love them. After all, love is an Action word.
It’s the end of the week and we as a people, a country and a world have faced hurdles we have never before. One of the things I love to see are people helping each other. We always find a way, in the face of adversity, to lift each other up.
My prayer is that the love would continue, without a crisis. Love is the only way.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Living Bible (TLB)
4 Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, 5 never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. 6 It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. 7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.
8 All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. Someday prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge—these gifts will disappear.
I love you with the amazing and everlasting of Christ.
May God shine bright through us all today. May we be the Light Keepers we were called to be in this world. More than ever before, the world needs to see the light and hope of God.
English Standard Version (ESV)
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing,15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
May God bless you and keep you in perfect beautiful peace. Shine bright, family and share the hope and love of Christ!!
I greet with the abundant, neverending and merciful love of God. May you dive into the presence of God today. One thing I can always you, if you chase after God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, He will give you the desires of your heart.
The closer you become with God, the more your desire(s) will be to please, honor and glorify God with your life. As you saturate yourself in the things of God, you will automatically want to be obedient and available to God. One day your prayer will be, “God, use my life to glorify you. Whatever, however and whenever you want to use me, I am available to your will and purpose. Help me to pray according to Your will. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”
At this point, the desire of your heart will line up with God’s will for your life. Now, when you pray, God can trust you, because he can trust you to glorify Him and not seek the glory for yourself.
One wonderful prayer that you will find yourself praying is, “God, I only want You. Nothing else matters, if you aren’t in it. Whatever you bless me with I will be grateful and blessed. I say, “Thank You” already. You are the Living and eternal God.
Living Bible (TLB)
3 Trust in the Lord instead. Be kind and good to others; then you will live safely here in the land and prosper, feeding in safety.
4 Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will. 6 Your innocence will be clear to everyone. He will vindicate you with the blazing light of justice shining down as from the noonday sun.
7 Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him to act. Don’t be envious of evil men who prosper.
May God continually bless you and keep you in His perfect peace. Be open to His plan for your life, knowing that everything is done for our growth and God’s glory.
I pray you are in good spirits and doing well. As always, my thoughts and prayers are continually with you.
I know some days are a tough, but it’s about getting out bed, asking God to give us strength and thanking Him for the fact that we are still breathing and alive. We all know some precious people in our lives, that we love dearly, who are not here today.
I encourage us, all. to hold our friends and family closer than we ever have before. The bible reminds us not to take any day for granted, as no one knows the day or hour of how long we have on this earth.
The Word of God teaches, as we are making plans for tomorrow to preface it by saying, “If it is the Lord’s will, I will do this or do that.” I’m was born and raised in the South. The “Southern way we interpreted this scripture passage was by saying, “If the Lord wills and the creek dont rise, we will do this or that..”
As for today, we say, “Thank You, Lord” that we are indeed breathing and alive.
Living Bible (TLB)
13 Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.” 14 How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog—now you see it; soon it is gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God.
Go in peace while serving and praising our risen and redeeming Lord.
I hope you are in a place of healing and wholeness. Our country and world has experienced so much. Today is Giving Tuesday. Who better to give to than those close to your heart.
I would like to offer the suggestion of writing notes of love, thankfulness or appreciation to someone that the Holy Spitit puts on your heart. With the note, please consider giving or dedicating a gift to them or a gift in their honor.
Living Bible (TLB)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.