THANK YOU LORD, THANK YOU LORD, THANK YOU LORD, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU LORD!

(Galatians 5:22-23) But the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I once heard a preacher say, “you can tell the root, by it’s fruit.” What is inside (the heart) will show on the outside (by our actions).
These character traits are the by-product of our full acceptance of God through Christ and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.
These are the qualities of Jesus! Now, some may try to force themselves to practice or pretend these qualities, but we can’t “truly” “have” them until we “truly” let Him “have” us.
By letting Him have total control, by letting His Spirit live in us, He bestows us with these spiritual gifts. These are the qualities in which we utilize to fulfill the true intended purpose of the law — to love God and our neighbors while being obedient to His will.
God’s gifts are abundant and overflowing to His Children.
Are you one of His own?

I AM…On purpose
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“Heavenly Father, make my heart one with You and Your Son, so that I may bear fruit that brings you glory and honor.”
Amen!!!

Inspired by: “Elaine”

God’s timing…and Obedience!!

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The past two weeks have been “different” for me.  I have experienced emotions that I don’t quite understand.  God has moved like a flood in my world, life and relationships.  I am a creature of habit and flow in unconfirmed “OCD” wanting nothing out of order.  About a month ago I was led to a pastor on the East Coast, Jay Patrick – I would read his Facebook post “religiously” – He was on Periscope but I couldn’t see them.  I went out and bought an iPad so I could see his Scopes – My LORD – I was blessed every time I would view…I would share…I was being blessed beyond measure, to GOD be ALL the Glory.  I started to research him…his ministry…his lifestyle – I started to pray for him intentionally.

Too much to unpack here but (long story short) – I am going to the East Coast next month and I am planning to personally go to his church and plant a seed in his ministry.  I was finishing up my prayer time this morning and I had a bit of a heavy heart – and I received a message from one of my sister…Asking how I was and how my week went – I gave a short answer – I’m good.  I asked how she was – and she shared that God was moving mightily in her life..but of course with that comes the one who like to Rob, Steal & Destroy – I laughed as I thought about my “emotional side swiped” incident this past week and I wanted to give her a word of encouragement and I drew a blank…I started to feel my own disappointment of what “pains” are connected with winning and success in CHRIST.  As I lowered my head in shame because I was feeling discouraged…my phone vibrated and I checked it and what I found was THIS message from Pastor Jay Patrick

Michelle,
As a supporter of my ministry, I wanted to strategically pray for you today! I feel led to ask God to give you Supernatural Strategy and Creative Clarity! Lord, give her the ability to see in the spirit so the vision can come to pass. Let her heart be strengthened in every area of doubt and weakness. Place a hedge of protection around her.  Let the haters become congratulators! Prepare a table in the presence of any enemies you have….knowing and unknowingly!  I call your  children and your spouse blessed!!! Lord, don’t let her settle for anything less than your Word. For your Word, shall be performed and established in her life!!! Amen!!! Thank you for your support! Love and Blessings Multiplied!!! – Pastor Jay

I dropped to the floor and WORSHIPED GOD in that very moment…I was so grateful!  I was so overcome with JOY!  I felt a new level of HOPE!

My God is so ever-present and He loves me so much and even when I think He is not paying attention to me…HE COVERS ME with the absolute touch that I need…Right On Time, Every time!!

GOD, I THANK YOU…I LOVE YOU…I WILL WORSHIP YOU ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE!!

Praising God…OnPurpose

God bless you Jay Patrick for your ministry and your obedience to the Holy Spirit!

Written By: The “Butterfly” & (message)  Jay Patrick

Coffee break with Ms. Kim…

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You know God is so good in spite of all of the trials we face in this life.

I am learning to watch the words that come out of my life as they surely have power.

The enemy is roaring like a lion, trying to rob, kill and destroy…but he is a liar and a fool because he is already defeated.

My God is ALL powerful and there Is no trial without a test and all of this is based on my faith and trust in ABBA Father.  He is the only way!!  The truth and life is only in HIM not the tangible things I see smell taste and touch.

Victory is already won for true believers and repentance is a daily act that must be done.

We are truly winners in everything if only We believe.

Well that sums it up for me this fine day.  And for you my anointed sister,  continue to follow HIS will for your life.  You are a blessing to the body of Christ and I am so grateful our paths have crossed.

God is so good He hooks us up with like kind for His glory and for our preparation for His kingdom…  Love you, Ms. Kim

James 1:2-3 – Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness…

Written by: Ms. Kim

Pray this prayer with me:

Let me meditate all day long upon your love, upon your righteousness, and upon your sure judgments.  I am battered and beaten as I walk this narrow road, but in you I find strength, courage, and a sure hand reaching down to help me.  When I am distracted by the world, instill in me the desire to take a break from the rush and crush of life and think about you.
When I am faced with difficulties too big for me to handle, remind me to think about you rather than myself.  When worries and doubts infect my thinking, remind me to take just a moment and think about your power flowing through every moment.
When I get caught up in myself, in my life, in my goals, in my issues, in my job, in my pain, in my joy, and in all the selfishness of the moment…help me stop and think for just a short time about your grandeur, your love, your compassion, and your presence in my life.  Thank you, Lord Jesus.  I love you, O Lord.  I adore you, Precious One.  AMEN!!

Counting it ALL joy…OnPurpose

 

Please, Stop The Hatred!

Please stop the hate!   Hate is so ugly!
1 Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

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I love how the Commodores put it many moons ago.

“Father,  Help Your children
And don’t let them fall
By the side of the road,
And teach them
To love one another
That Heaven might find
A place in their hearts
‘Cause Jesus is love
He won’t let you down
And I know He’s mine forever
Oh, in my heart
We’ve got to walk on
Walk on through temptation
‘Cause His love and His wisdom
Will be our helpin’ hand
And I know the Truth
And His words will be our salvation
Lift up our hearts
To be thankful and glad.”

Written by: Karen

Pray this prayer with me:

My Lord and Savior Jesus, In your love and in your will, let me be a beacon for your love to everyone in my world.
In your love and in your will, help me be the person in my world who stops hatred one person at a time.
Keep me ever mindful of the connection all people have with each other so I may also see how important it is for me to love others.
Remind me I do not have to have great power in the world to stop hatred.
Remind me I do not have to be a person of great influence to stop the hatred that so easily infects the heart, mind, and soul of so many.
Remind me I need no earthly wealth to stop hatred.
Remind me I need no earthly army to ward off those who have hate in their hearts.
Help me to show others they are wanted and needed.
Help me to show others they are important to me and to the world.
Help me to show others how much I appreciate them.
Help me to never ignore people.  In Jesus’ matchless name, I pray, Amen!!

Stop Hatred…OnPurpose

Being Michelle…OnPurpose

It’s All Been Worth It…BITTERSWEET

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2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  ~James 1:2-4

Little do we know or realize – We really do need those little ~BITTERSWEET~ moments and reminders.

Everything works together for our greater good. Trust your process. Trust your journey. Everything is meant. God is the reason you’ve gotten this far. He’s the sole reason for your Right Now Success – no matter how great or small…COUNT IT ALL JOY. Give God the glory! ‪#‎itsallbeenworthit‬

Written By: Dana “Living Well” Davis

Pray this prayer with me:

Most Precious Lord Jesus, Gentle And Wonderful God, Truly Awesome And Ever-present Holy Spirit, Precious Lord Jesus, I love you.  Precious Lord, I live in a great deal of turmoil at the moment.  I also know in my turmoil you will give me Your peace and contentment.
When I rest in your contentment, I look up and see your love beaming down within my heart.  In Your contentment, I can rest for just a moment.
In Your contentment, I can fully experience Your love and grace in the trials and tribulations of my life.  In your contentment, I can hear You telling me about the blessings and grandeur just ahead of me.  In Your contentment, I can bring every burden, every hurt, and every trial to the foot of your cross.  In your contentment, You give me the power to be grateful for even the smallest of blessings.  In Your contentment, I am never ever alone or lonely.  For all this I give You praise, honor, and glory.  All these things I humbly pray in the name of my most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, my Mighty God, and my Ever-present Holy Spirit upon whom I can rely. Amen

Worshiping in His contentment…OnPurpose

Being Michelle…OnPurpose

You’ve seen the depths of my heart…Indescribable!

love.pngOh give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!  Psalms 118:29 ESV

“Incomparable, unchangeable,  You’ve seen the depths of my heart and You love me the same, You are amazing God”

How many people could see the depths of your heart,  mind, every thought and action and STILL love you the same?

It is good the human mind cannot think or express how amazing it is to know this love. The world thinks we are zealous, and ridiculous, oh yeah!!!

Let them see what the love of God can and has done for wretches like us.

If you have never experienced this type of LOVE, it’s available,  truly indescribable.

Baby let your light shine, especially in these dark times. No better day than thisSaturday to push through with joy and love.  Do that boo!!!!

Praying for you all,  declaring God’s love over you and everything and everyone you touch today.

Written by: Cybill 

Pray this prayer with me:

Father, You gave first and foremost as you selflessly gave of Yourself through the person of Jesus Christ. Your gift of grace defies human description, for the far-reaching effects in our lives is truly indescribable. It’s too wonderful for words, but it brings unspeakable joy and glorious hope that makes our spiritual journey so worthwhile. We receive Your indescribable gift that brings forgiveness for our sins and reserves for us a home in heaven for all eternity. Thank You, Father! Amen.

Being Loved…OnPurpose

Being Michelle…OnPurpose

 

STARTING OVER WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!

quotes-about-starting-over-kootation-185791.jpg.png.pngWe live in a society where a woman has to win a beauty contest or marry well to get recognition in this world.  Thanks be to GOD who doesn’t say the same.  My looks, my accomplishments in business, education or ministry are not what gets His attention!

I have put some thought into getting my credentials from God directly.  I starting thinking “What would that look like?” and I ended up in the Book of Ruth.  How could I get my own book like Ruth?

God was impressed with Ruth. She earned His credentials of approval.

I think God wants us to understand what impresses Him about women like her.

What do you think impressed God? Was it the fact that Ruth was a girl that…

  • -Worked hard
  • -Was very humble
  • -Was not self-centered
  • -And had a servant’s heart

We’re told in Matthew 20: Jesus said to His James and John “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Ruth 2:11-12 tells us:

Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband— how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the LORD repay you for what you have done? May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge?”

Ruth 3:11 adds: “And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.”

God is saying to us as women: this is what I want you to aspire to. This is my ideal type of woman. Whether you are a poor girl in the fields or an empress in a palace.

God chose Ruth because she modeled these traits with graciousness, patience and self-sacrifice. AND because Ruth loved Naomi and had learned to trust Naomi’s God.

The story begins with Ruth as a young woman. Her life seems to hold a bright future. She marries a husband with strong family ties. They begin building a life together. But in a few short years her family is demolished by death. Ruth’s husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law die. Ruth and two women she has no blood relation with have to start over.

That is what God is calling us all to. When it is all said and done…What will you do when you don’t know what to do?  Will you trust me?  Will you go where I send you?  Will you put your own self aside to become Kingdom Focused?

That’s the type of person who impresses God – whether male or female. But before you can truly impress God, you must make the decision that Ruth made when she first considered leaving with Naomi. You must decide to take God as your own…

This story then is not just about the redemption of one Moabite woman named Ruth.

IT IS THE STORY OF THE REDEMPTION OF US ALL! Look deeper into this story and you see yourself!

The story of Ruth contains powerful principles I want to focus on three that I want to call Kingdom Focused surrounding STARTING OVER WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!

FIND SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS HURTING AND BE A FRIEND TO HIM OR HER.

Ruth lost her husband but Naomi had lost her husband and both her sons.  It is not to say that Ruth was not in a painful place but all things considered her mother-in-law had 3 times the loss.

Here are three scriptures that I want to share:

 

  • Matthew 5:4 ESV – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
  • Romans 8:18 ESV – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

 

God USES and BLESSES people who don’t get all wrapped up in themselves all the time! And the interesting thing is, WE HELP OURSELVES OUT OF TROUBLE WHEN WE DECIDE TO HELP OTHERS OUT OF TROUBLE.

You see, we usually get a bad case of the blues when we’re focused on our self. Focus on meeting the needs of someone else and see if it’s not the best possible medicine for you! God made it that way on purpose. He wants us to be like Him. Always giving. Unselfish. Ministering to the needs of others. That’s where the joy in life comes from.

When you DON’T FEEL LIKE STARTING OVER, when you can’t get motivated, find a hurt and heal it. Find a need and meet it. Find a fellow pilgrim who is discouraged and try to give them comfort with a Kingdom Focused Life!

SINCE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE RISKS IN LIFE, TAKE SOME FOR GOD!

Ruth probably saw that her mother-in-law Naomi had some reality in her religion. Most likely she told Ruth about her God and the Hebrew teaching that this life was not all there is. In some way Ruth surely must have been able to sense something was different about the God the Hebrews worshipped. The heathen deities of Moab weren’t doing Ruth any good so she took a chance on finding out more about Jehovah. But it was a risk based on what she had learned and experienced so far. Being involved with her husband’s family and hearing them talk about their God must have moved her heart. She had to know more.

There has to be an intentional push for progress.  Nothing happens if nothing happens.  God needs us to do and be here on Earth as it is in Heaven.

  • Matthew 25:29 ESV – For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
  • Proverbs 3:5 ESV – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
  • Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV – To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

How many times have your taken risk on things you know you know were no earthly good?  So why then will you not take a risk in following GOD – to a life that promises to full of riches and glory?  If you are at rock bottom anywhere where is it there to go but UP!!  I guess if you are comfortable with staying where you are…you could try that, right?

When you DON’T FEEL LIKE STARTING OVER, when where you are and what you are doing is not working for your, look for risks that will being you closer to CHRIST and see the fresh rewards of a Kingdom Focused Life!
EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM GOD!

Pray this prayer with me:

Precious Lord Jesus, I love you.
I looked in a mirror the other day.
It was the mirror I used when I was a young.
Somehow I expected to see the young me but I saw the real me instead.
I saw my age.  I saw my gray hair.  It was a shock.
But then I got to thinking…
I got to thinking about where I look to see who I am.
I realized the first place I should look to see who I am is in your eyes, in the eyes of my Lord and Savior.
In your eyes I can see your love for me.
In your eyes I can see your acceptance.
In your eyes I can see your forgiveness.
In your eyes I can see your infinite hope for my life and for my soul.
I give you praise, for as long as I look to you, I shall care not how the world sees me.
I give you praise, for as long as I look to you, I shall find you loving me in ways the world does not understand nor accept.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for loving me in infinite ways.
All these things I humbly pray in the name of my most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, my Mighty God, and my Ever-present Holy Spirit upon whom I can rely. Amen

Being Michelle On Purpose…

Only Speak Life

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A lot is at stake in what we say today.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21).

In literate societies, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.

Words Cause Death

People die because of something said. Tongues can be weapons of mass destruction, launching holocausts and wars. Tongues can also be the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, understanding, reputations, missionary efforts, and governments.

Words Give Life

But people also live because of something said.

The tongue can be “a tree of life” (Prov. 15:4).

Tongues reconcile peoples and make peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt 5:9).

Tongues can make marriages sweet, families strong, and churches healthy.

Tongues can give hope to the despairing, advance understanding, and spread the gospel.

So what will come out of your mouth today, death or life?

“Sword thrusts” or “healing” (Prov 12:18)?

What Fills Your Heart?

It will all depend on what’s filling your heart. Jesus said, “. . . out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). A critical heart produces a critical tongue. A self-righteous heart produces a judgmental tongue. A bitter heart produces an acerbic tongue. An ungrateful heart produces a grumbling tongue.

But a loving heart produces a gracious tongue. A faithful heart produces a truthful tongue. A peaceful heart produces a reconciling tongue. A trusting heart produces an encouraging tongue.

So fill your heart with grace by soaking in your Bible. Soak in Matthew 5, or Romans 12, or 1 Corinthians 13, or Philippians 2. And be very careful taking in the words of death in the newspaper, on the radio, the TV, or the blog.

And pray: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalms 141:3)

The world is full of words of death. “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19) who “was a murderer from the beginning. . . and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Let us not join him in his “restless evil” (James 3:8).

Pray this prayer with me:

Most Precious Lord Jesus, Gentle And Wonderful God, Truly Awesome And Ever-present Holy Spirit, Precious Lord Jesus, I love you.
May the words of my mouth always be words of love…the love you are and the love you give to me every hour.
May the words of my mouth always be words of life…the life you are and the love you give to me every hour.
May the words of my mouth always be words of humility…the humility glorifying you and the humility glorifying your work in the world.
May the words of my mouth always be words of love sent out only in your name and reflecting only your will and not my will.
All these things I humbly pray in the name of my most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, my Mighty God, and my Ever-present Holy Spirit upon whom I can rely.
Amen