When We See No Reason to Change


Last Friday, I was sitting at the bus stop waiting for my bus to go to work and I have noticed that many of the older people who live in my building, congregate at the bus stop to smoke. I think many of them have done it for so long that they don’t even realize that there is a sign that clearly forbids smoking.

Another thing that is so annoying is that few will even ask if the smoke bothers anyone else. So even though I may have been sitting there minding my business and waiting for my bus, I usually end up having to move because someone always starts smoking with no consideration for anyone else.

So, last Friday, someone started smoking and I got up and another man asked me if my bus was coming and I let it be known that I was moving away because of the cigarette smoke. As I stood and waited on the bus, I heard the smoker tell everyone at the bus stop that everyone was trying to get him to stop smoking. But he was adamant that he was not going to stop. He had been smoking since he was 10 years old and he said it was his only vice. I would put his age at between 75-80 years of age, so in his mind there was absolutely no reason for him to stop smoking now.

As I listened to him it was eye-opening. The warnings about cancer and emphysema and all the bad things that could happen to him meant nothing. After smoking for 60 plus years, there was no reason to change. He probably did not care if he died.

The man only walked with a cane and although I know nothing about his health issues he sounded like he did not believe that smoking was a problem. It was enlightening.

But isn’t that like most of us. If we don’t see a problem with our sin we won’t change. We often don’t change unless we see a reason to. And sadly, it often ends up being something negative that forces us to change.

I don’t want to be like that man. As a Christian we should desire to grow in grace and let go of our sins and anything that hinders us from serving and hearing God. It shouldn’t take consequence to sin to make us change. It should simply be the Word of God that motivates us to change.

There are areas in my life that God has been speaking to me about for years. I am starting to put more prayer on those areas because I WANT to change. I am smart enough to know that there will be consequences if I don’t.

The man at the bus stop may not know it, but he may have already shortened his life. Or he may end up spending his last days suffering for years of smoking. I don’t know. But what I do know is that I don’t want to be forced to change. I want to change because it pleases God. No more excuses. It’s time to change.

By the way, the smoker got up from the bus stop and apologized to me. He said he didn’t know that the smoke bothered me. I told him it was okay. I guess it never occurred to him that he was affecting those around him.

Colossians 3:5-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

5 So put to death and deprive of power the evil longings of your earthly body [with its sensual, self-centered instincts] immorality, impurity, sinful passion, evil desire, and greed, which is [a kind of] idolatry [because it replaces your devotion to God]. 6 Because of these [sinful] things the [divine] wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience [those who fail to listen and who routinely and obstinately disregard God’s precepts], 7 and in these [sinful things] you also once walked, when you were habitually living in them [without the knowledge of Christ]. 8 But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self— 11 a renewal in which there is no [distinction between] Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, [nor between nations whether] [b]barbarian or [c]Scythian, [nor in status whether] slave or free, but Christ is all, and in all [so believers are equal in Christ, without distinction].
12 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]; 13 bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. 14 Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].

Entering Into His Rest

Rest-in-God-sliderRecently something happened that challenged something God told me. It made me very nervous and concerned. But that is part for the course when you are waiting for the promises of God. But when challenged, all you need to do is go to God in prayer which is exactly what I did.

Well the Lord answered me, so precisely and strongly that it changed something inside of me permanently. I realize that there is a season in which you enter into God’s rest and you don’t come out of it.

The LORD’S answer finalized something for me once and for all and all I have to say is that, there will be no more fighting, no more contending and no more fear. God’s promises are going to come to pass. Period case closed.

When God shows you something, it’s for a season of time. Many things may take place before that happens. But it does not in anyway negate the promise of God. In fact some things must take place before you receive your promise or promises (because God has promised us many things).

Whether it’s healing, wealth, salvation of loved one, ministry or career, there may be some things that must come to pass BEFORE your promises manifest. Don’t be discouraged by what you see or hear. God know exactly what He is doing.

Sometimes we have to go around the same mountain of hurt, pain and devastation until we learn those lessons once and for all. But it’s all good! God is good!

Hebrews 4:9-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

So there remains a [full and complete] Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own. 11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness].

Was it Valentines Day?

Love-Hearts-Valentines-DayValentines day came and went and I wouldn’t have remembered it was Valentines day if it were not for a few friends texting me to wish me a happy Valentines day. But I would have figured it out when I got to my job. I’m working part time at a school and the kids were working on Valentines projects that day.

I am not one to get depressed because I don’t have a partner to share this holiday with. The day just comes and goes like any other day. When the time is right it will happen and I will enjoy it then. Meanwhile, I am just on a mission to live life to the fullest.

Someone shared something on Instagram and I thought I would share it right here. It’s true. People put a lot of emphasis on love and being loved by someone and yes, it’s important, but not more important than God’s unconditional love for us. Here is the post:



We all need to be #loved. That’s a #fact. We all desperately need massive doses of love in our life to be #healthy individuals. #God says, “I want to #love you.” God is love, and he knows you need to be loved.
But, second, we develop the false idea that our need to be loved is solely dependent upon one person or a group of people. When you expect someone else to meet 100 percent of your need for love, you’re asking for #trouble. You’re setting yourself up for hurt and opening the #door for the fear of rejection. When you look to any other person besides God to meet all your love needs, he or she can’t. There is no human being alive that can love you as completely and as fully as you need to be loved, and there never will be. Only God can do that.
Does God ever love us through other people? Of course. Does God want us to love others? Yes. Does he want to use us as #channels of love? Absolutely.
But, you will never have all your needs met by any person or group of people. God never meant it to be that way. They just don’t have enough love. #Human love is limited. God’s love is #unlimited and #unconditional. No matter how deep your need is, he can fill it.

So this #Valentine’s Day, remember that God’s love is the only unlimited love that is possible.
I ❤️ you!

Enough said!!


We have all gone through heartbreak at least once in our lives. On Sunday one of my Facebook friends posted this and it broke my heart. We are not as close as we used to be, but my heart still ached for her.

If God closes the door on something, He has a reason! Thank Him! I am posting her story with the YouTube she included. It may help someone:

I was in LOVE last year 💗 complete with long-awaited alignments, uncanny confirmations, a beautiful family and an anticipated future. Some of you knew…. Bliss and promised intentions spoken for months, led to looking at a wedding next Saturday, February 17th . Committed to what seemed to be an ‘ordained’ and affirmed foundation I’ve been baffled as I believed the words and actions of a ‘man of God.’ With no resolve, no remorse and no ‘discussion’ I was shocked with a September break. I was craftily concealed, deceived and then discarded. He got married a bit over a week ago ~ I do choose to bless them 🕊

Why am I sharing? To give honor to my heart and to my voice. I was in LOVE last year … I still am!!! I still LOVE my Lord and my own heart. Both, are amazing ~ after being callously bruised are raised up to new beginnings. And I choose to continue to love and to declare that one ‘truly worthy’ of this amazing heart will come and be blessed BEYOND! To all who have had their heart ripped … be hopeful ~ broken places can, in time, bloom more beautifully! Anticipating!!
Happy Valentines Week 💝🙏

Course Corrections

questionHearing from God is never easy. Even for people who feel as though they have a good track record in this area. I kind of feel that way. I have a good track record, but God recently showed me that I misunderstood what He was saying to me.

Recently I shared about moving and it all stemmed from me misinterpreting what God was saying to me. It wasn’t that God wasn’t speaking, it was just that I didn’t understand him.

I had tried to move to Georgia in the past and God spoke clearly and said “This is the place (Florida)  where your miracle is going to happen, this is the place where your prophecy is going to come to pass” and the minister tacked on: “and you don’t have to run up to Atlanta”. That word stands strong and clear. It still applies to this day.

So one night the Lord directed me to leave the television on (the Christian Station) and I woke up hearing Pastor John Gray share how he and his wife both moved to Atlanta and met in church. Well I assumed God was telling me that I needed to move, but what I now know is that God was simply telling me I would meet my mate in church! Simple enough. But I ran off on a tangent about Atlanta again.

So I hadn’t been able to get to my church regularly and started to visit another church on occasion and also was watching online and I started thinking that I was going to make the new church my home church. Long story short, through a series of unusual circumstances the Lord showed me that I am to return to my former church and that is where His promises will come to past. I had misinterpreted what God was saying, but the Lord got me back on track.

Not sure what God is saying? Keep asking, keep praying and more than anything ask for understanding. He will make His Will CLEAR!

Proverbs 3:6 King James Version (KJV)

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.