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Give Thanks…

Good morning, Beloved Family:

Happy Thanksgiving. This week, I was leading a group counseling session with a precious group of kids. We talked about what it meant to be thankful and what emotions you feel when you are thankful. The kids shared beautiful answers.

I will ask the same questions to all of you. What are you thankful for and what does being “Thankful” mean to you? King David was a man that truly loved God. He had so much to be thankful for because God changed his life.

One of the ways David showed his thanks to God was  through the Book of Psalms. David’s words are from the heart of a true worshipper.

Psalm 100

New International Version

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy(A) to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord(B) with gladness;
    come before him(C) with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.(D)
    It is he who made us,(E) and we are his[a];
    we are his people,(F) the sheep of his pasture.(G)Enter his gates with thanksgiving(H)
    and his courts(I) with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.(J)
For the Lord is good(K) and his love endures forever;(L)
    his faithfulness(M) continues through all generations.

May you be blessed today. Whether you are alone or surrounded by friends and family, I pray that your heart is filled with Thankfulness to God. I know that I am thankful for each of you reading this post. You are surrounded by love, both seen and unseen. You are never alone.

With love and thanksgiving,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Perfectly Loved…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I greet you this morning with the never-ending, infinite and perfect love of God, in Christ Jesus.

In a world where everything about us is judged, scrutinized, and laid bare, it is so good to know that through the Blood of Jesus we are perfectly loved.

The Word of God is the best love story ever written. What other love story do you know of someone being willing to lay down their life even before you have met.

1 John 4:7-11

New King James Version

Knowing God Through Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

On a very personal note, I have the great honor, privilege, and pleasure to be married to an amazing African American man. Whenever he leaves our home I always want him to carry with him that he is perfectly loved. I want him to know no matter what the world dishes out, whenever he returns home Jesus and I will be waiting to love him all over again. No matter what the world tells him he is my kind of perfect.

Beloved, may your encounters with your family be surrounded in love. May hope and grace abound in your life.

Be abundantly blessed,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Let Love Lead…

Greetings Precious Family:

Greetings, Precious Family:

First, don’t panic. Our trust has never been in man, but it has always been in God. Ok, so now I will back track. Yesterday, many states around the country had their mid-term election. Some folks woke up this morning happy and some woke up sad, disappointed, and concerned. Hence, my opening sentence of “Don’t Panic.”

Our lives are lived for God. Our walk is in the shadow of Christ. Our guidance is from our dependence on the internal leading of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

Do we want a repeat of rouge Americans storming the Capital, of course not. Our country was built on democracy. The will of the people, for the people and by the people. ALL PEOPLE. Anything else is not a true reflection of our founding fathers.

What is our role as Christians? We are to show love, mercy, grace, long suffering, patience, kindness and hope. Any other characteristic is not a true reflection of Christ.

Here is my question to all of us who say we love God. Who is the ruler over your life? Is your ruler a political figure or is it God Almighty? Is your ruler your emotions or is it the Word of God? We all have room to grow.

My prayer, for each of our journeys’ on the Path, is that before people see us they see Jesus. May those you meet be better because of how you treated them. No matter what person’s color, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or (insert differences here), their encounter with us should be the same. May how we treat them, as representatives of the Cross, be the same. Only God can change a person’s heart. Our job is to love first. Period.

Colossians 3:1-4

English Standard Version

Put On the New Self

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[a] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

In closing, may the love of God lead you in every single area of your live. Leave no parts hidden away. Love with all of you. Love with your liver. Love with your eyes. Love with your smile. Love with your feet. Love with your hands. Watch how your life will change once you make a choice to love.

Go in peace. while loving, serving, and praising the Lord.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Flight Crew

Good morning, Beautiful Family:

Another Wednesday is upon us already. I hope you have had an amazing week since the last time we spoke. I’m so very grateful for each of you. I praise God for how the Light inside each of you is shinning so brightly and changing the world around you, in Jesus name.

I pray that you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage you to be your very best. I pray that your circle of people pushes you to go to higher levels and they don’t allow you to be comfortable or complacent for too long.

The people who encourage, push, cheer, and challenge me to be better are who I call my Flight Crew. They are not responsible for giving me my wings, but they are responsible for reminding me that I have wings and teaching me how to use them.

My Flight Crew are the people God has placed throughout different seasons of my life who helped to teach me how to use my wings, either by example or instruction. They have taught me how to use my wings to push off the ground as well as how to land. They have taught me how to turn my body and wings so that I can make sharp turns and deep dives. They are the people that have reminded me that it was God who gave me my wings for a reason and they help lead me even closer to Him.

I learned the importance of learning my Flight Manual, which is the Word of God, inside and out. I have the Flight Tower (Jesus) and Air Traffic Control (The Holy Spirit) always in my ear letting me know how to navigate my assigned mission. They always let me know when it’s time to refuel, rest, and get my scheduled maintenance.

Isaiah 40:28-31

New King James Version

28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

This week’s worship video is from Colton Dixon. I love the heart of this song as it is a reminder that we were Made To Fly.

COLTON DIXON

Be blessed family and have an amazing week. I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday. Until we meet again, go in peace while serving and praising the Lord.

Thanks be to God,

Rev. Marcia Davis

I Will Bless The Oh Lord…

Good morning Family,

I pray that this week has greeted you with peace. I am eternally grateful to God for going before me to prepare me for my next season. This season that I am currently in has introduced me to a different pace that I am NOT used to running.

There is an urgency in this season to make sure that we are very prepared for what is coming. Do not take your training lightly. It is important that we perfect (verb) our craft, talent, gifting, and anointing.

This week, every time my mind becomes quiet, the hymn I Will Bless Thee Oh Lord keeps playing. The lyrics of “I will bless the oh Lord with a heart of thanksgiving, I bless thee oh Lord” are directing my thoughts and actions. The song goes on to say, “With my hands lifted up, with my mouth filled with praise, with a heart of thanksgiving, I will bless thee oh Lord.”

Due to the uniqueness of this season, we have to have our heart and mind grounded in worship and the Word. No matter how difficult or challenging things my be, if we face those challenges with worship and the residue of having intimacy with God in our heart, we can face anything.

Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgments

Psalm 9:1-2

9 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

Family, keep the praises of the Lord continually in your heart and mind. I pray the Lord’s blessing over your life. Go in peace, while praising the Lord!

Rev. Marcia Davis

Whew…Im Still Standing…

Good morning, Family:

First, I have missed you all so much. I thought about you every day that I have been away. A brief update on where I have been and what has been going on.

I’m almost at the finish line of my Master’s degree. Many of you know that I am working on obtaining my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Couseling from Liberty University. In this season of my life, I am fulfilling my internship requirements with an amazing counseling treatment facility. I am also maintaining my full-time job with an amazing company that I have worked with for the last twenty-one years.

A few weeks ago, I contracted the flu and it had me in complete shut-down mode for about two weeks. Thanks be to God, I am feeling much better. Any time there is a gap in our communication I am always so excited when God releases me to write to you againt. Please know that I thought about each of you and how excited I was in anticipation of reconnecting with you. Thank you for your patience and prayers.

One thing that blesses me so much is that God has always consistently and constantly been faithful in protecting and covering me. Even when the outcome was not what I wanted, or planned, I still always felt God’s presence around me. I guess it’s because I have learned, over the years, to truly trust God.

Trust is a two-way street. As with anyone else, trust takes time. What I have found is that as I have trusted God with different areas of my life my peace increases. I don’t stress out as much as I used to. I lay whatever my worry is at the feet of God and I leave it there….with no take-backs. I’m not sure who this message may be for but I encourage you to trust God and trust the process..

I leave you with the worship video for today entitled Im Still Standing by Bishop Paul Morton under the direction of Kirk Carr.

Ephesians 6:14-17

New International Version

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Be blessed family,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Skin to Skin…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

As a woman who was never able to carry, or birth, a child, one of my greatest joys is watching a woman bring life into the world.

I love watching the pregnancy process through each trimester. The glow a mother has as she imagines how her baby bump will look in the first trimester. Everyone is excited and praying that mom and baby stay healthy.

The second trimester mom is truly starting to “show” that she is carrying a life inside of her. She begins the process of nesting and preparing for baby’s arrival. There is a little discomfort and strange cravings begin to emerge. It is important that mom takes care of herself by eating healthy, taking the right vitamins and minerals, and following whatever orders the doctor gives.

The third trimester is here. Everything is getting uncomfortable and swollen and mom has aches in her feet, back, and shoulders. Toward the end of the third trimester she begins to have slight contractions. Is it time?!! Her water breaks, signalling that the time is at hand. Yes, it is time…

Mom pushes and screams. She has never experienced so much pain, fear, joy, and hope all at the same time. Then there is a holy hush as the doctor lay the beautiful and healthy baby directly on mom’s chest, skin to skin. The skin to skin time is the most precious and intimate time immediately after the child is born. The baby is comforted by mom’s warmth and her heartbeat.

I said all of that to say so it is also with the new season that God has been preparing for us. Spiritually, we are in the contraction phase of our third trimester. God is preparing us to meet our new season. Our water just broke!!!! The Living Water has given us a fresh anointing for the new season. The time is almost here

Jesus is patting our brow and telling us to remember all that we prepared for including our breathing. We are experiencing joy, fear, hope, and happiness for this new season we have never seen. When the time is right God will let us know when it is time to push…

This new season will be what we have longed for, prayed for, cried for, and prepared for… We are getting ready!!!

Today’s worship video is almost 20 minutes long. I pray that you could get in a quiet place and allow the worship to flow through you. Don’t just listen, join in the worship. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what is being birthed in you. Thank you to Maverick City Music for such an amazing worship session. This video blessed me so much.

Please enjoy, “Getting Ready” by Maverick City Music.

Luke 1:38

New International Version

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Be blessed family,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Honey In The Rock…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

I pray this post finds you all in perfect health and peace in your mind, body, spirit. I pray that you are encouraged to continue to walk out your walk of faith daily. I pray that Love is guiding all of your actions today.

I pray that you will be persuaded to show Love to those you encounter today, whether in person, over the phone, or even through social media.

Today someone will need to know about hope. There will be several chances today for all of us to glorify God.

In my kitchen, on my chalkboard, I wrote a few months ago, “Did you make God proud today?” I purposely make myself accountable every day. I understand my life is not just about me. It’s bigger than me and it’s bigger than us. Yes, some days I fall short, praise God, but I know that each day, each moment, each minute is brand new. Don’t waste your grace, use it wisely.

Psalm 81:16 says that in God we have everything we need. God is more than enough to satisfy us. There is honey in The Rock!!! Oh how sweet it is to trust in you Jesus.

Today’s worship video features Brooke Ligertwood and Brandon Lake and cowritten by Mitch Wong. I always blast my radio when I hear this song. I pray that it blesses you the way it does me. I can’t wait for our church to sing this song.

Be blessed family. Everything is going to be ok. God has everything you need to satisfy you.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Preparing For The Next Season…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

I’m so grateful for you this morning. I want to send a quick note to encourage you to keep pushing through your current course. I know right now many of us are on the precipice of our new season. However, there are still things that must be completed in the current season.

The preparation in this season is taking longer than usual. If you get tired just take a deep breath, pray, cry, or even scream….just don’t stop. There are people depending on you to complete your assignment. Eventually you will be able to enjoy the fruit(s) of your labor but right now is digging and planting time.

People, as well as the enemy, will try to discount you and even discourage you from what God has shown you. Stay faithful to the path. It is your calling and no one else’s. In time, we will be able to say, “Look what God has done in and through me!!!”

Galatians 6:9-10

New International Version

Let us not become weary in doing good,(A) for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.(B) 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good(C) to all people, especially to those who belong to the family(D) of believers.

Be blessed,

Rev. Marcia Davis

I Never Lost It…

Good morning, Precious Ones:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Yes, indeed, God desires all of our praise, no matter what we are going through.

The last few of years have been tough for most of the world. I know more than a few people, who are Christians, who had some real questions for God. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t ask why.

People who read the Sacred Journey Devotionals sometimes ask me why I include music videos in my devotionals. The main reason is because music can get inside crevices of the heart that words cannot.

When our hope is teetering on the ledge. praise and worship music can pull someone back from walking away from God. One of the only things that has kept me during any season of hardship is music that uplifts my spirit and gives me hope.

There is a song by Tramaine Hawkins entitled, “I Never Lost My Praise.” The words to this song always cries out to me to remind me that I’m not the only one going through something. The song shifts the focus from me and places it back on God. I pray that this song blesses you the way it does me every time I let it wash over me.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

New International Version

2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom(A) as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.(B) I came to you(C) in weakness(D) with great fear and trembling.(E) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,(F) but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,(G) so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.(H)

Rev. Marcia Davis