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Motivational Monday

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven…

Did you know you were appointed and anointed specifically and intentionally just for this season?  It was on purpose, for a purpose and with purpose that God saw fit to give you this task.  It was not by accident or coincidence that you find yourself in this place and at this time.  This is your assignment!

When you have been appointed, that means someone (Christ) has decided beforehand that you were the right person for the job.  You were designated to fulfill the purpose.  And if Christ decided beforehand that you were the candidate for the job, rest assured that He went ahead and removed any obstacles, put the necessary people in place to assist you, and provided you with all the tools and provisions needed to accomplish the goal!  Those that are appointed have already been equipped and furnished with all they need and given gifts and talents they have yet to discover. 

A new Supreme Court Justice is appointed by the President and goes through a vetting process conducted by the Senate before being confirmed and officially taking a seat on the Supreme Court.  But isn’t it good news to know that once God appoints you, you have already been found acceptable and more than capable of fulfilling the duties of your assignment! 

Not only have you been appointed, but you have also been anointed.  That simply means you have been marked, nominated, conferred, given the seal of approval, because when God appointed you, He most definitely anointed you!  “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.  God set you apart, specially and wonderfully made for just this reason.  Everything God does is on purpose, there is not one wasted act, and what He does is with a purpose in mind – to grow His people so that they may in turn reach someone else. 

As the scripture reads, God “guaranteed what is to come,” so He knew ahead of time exactly where you would be at this moment in life.  Knowing the end before the beginning, He appointed you anyway, called you by name, and consecrated you, anointing you to be blessed and be a blessing to others.  So the next time you are wondering, “why me,” just remember that this is your designated time and you have been chosen to see it through, but the path has already been searched and cleared and you have been given every resource needed to succeed!

When You Know That You Know That You Know…

BrotherWord - Where Did God Come From

Knowledge is one of those things that can either build or destroy.  When intellect and confidence collide, it becomes a magnanimous moment that can enlighten or at the least spark thought and delve into our deeper recesses. In the clip below, this theologian was asked, “So, where did God come from,” and in one of the most insightful and efficient explanations I have heard, he leaves no doubt to the aforementioned question.

After listening to his explanation I cannot see how anyone could ever ask again Where Did God Come From!  Can you?

Thankful Thursday!

BrotherWord - ThankfulDiscover God’s purpose and dreams for you.  Take steps forward in obedience, enjoy the adventure along the way, and be thankful for it all. ~BrotherWord

You may find it hard to be THANKFUL when life keeps kicking you in the teeth and at every turn failure continues to loom, but I can guarantee you that on your worse day, there is someone out there who would trade with you in a heartbeat.  Life can be a cruel and relenting piece of work, but you are far greater than anything life can throw at you.

So THANKFUL that I was made in His image, made to be a conqueror, made to be great, made to overcome, and made to win!  One of the hardest things to absorb, let alone live by, is understanding that obedience is better than sacrifice and being obedient even when it makes no sense and is incomprehensible, is a feat in and of itself.  But my God!  I am THANKFUL that with obedience comes favor and with favor comes the blessings of God.  Walking in God’s will can be a complex conundrum wrapped in an enigma, yet it is a fulfilling journey that cannot be replicated or replaced.  That is more than enough to be THANKFUL for on any given day!

Tomorrow when everything seems to hit a nerve, when the traffic is moving too slow, co-workers become annoying, family is losing their minds, and the walls are closing in, remember this too shall pass and because of your obedience in fulfilling your purpose, you have already claimed the victory.  Be THANKFUL for the noise because it is an opportunity to calm the hysteria; be THANKFUL for the chaos because it is God’s way of putting life back in order; and be THANKFUL for the unknown, because it is in the wilderness that we find direction, purpose, strength, courage, and gain knowledge.  

Yes, life can be hard, but I am THANKFUL that my God has seen it all and is the architect, so no matter what may happen, when I am obedient to His calling, my prayers shall be answered.  

“Obedience is a word and concept from which the valiant look for their deliverance.” ~ Anonymous

“I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.” ~ Anne Sullivan

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Thankful Thursdays!

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I am so THANKFUL that in 3 days many of us will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As a Christian, Resurrection Sunday symbolizes not only hope, but that there is life even in death.  When Christ rose from the grave, He dispelled every notion that mankind was doomed and paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore humanity. (more…)

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursday

On this THANKFUL THURSDAY I am so thankful for love.  They say love can conquer all and often times it does, but it is a healer, a comforter, and the voice of reason.  Love is not secluded to a relationship or only given to others.  Love also applies to one’s self.  When we love ourselves we take pride in our endeavors, we are mindful of our actions, we are cautious and thoughtful with our words, we make strides to help others, we are caring and considerate; because at the end of the day, we love ourselves enough to give of ourselves and share the love we have.  One small four-letter word is so powerful it can instantly change the atmosphere of a room, redirect an enemies’ charge, or sooth the most savage beast.

God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten son and with one gesture, our lives were transformed and all sins were vanquished.  The power of love is transcending and transformative.  When we act out of love, not only are we blessing the recipient of the act, but also building ourselves mentally and emotionally.  Love can be a fickle creature at times and its glory can either consume us or revitalize us.  When properly applied, it is truly God’s greatest gift.

I’m so THANKFUL for the gift of love from my family and friends, and even strangers, who thought enough to hold the door or speak a kind word.  Love is a verb which means it requires action and activity.  Like a train moving down the track, the more steam it picks up, the greater its power.  Let love lead you and watch the influence it can have on you and those around you. 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa
 
 

The Rock – Happy Father’s Day

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The Rock

When God made you, he already had a plan;
He called you to conquer and be ruler of all the lands.
He made you king, priest, protector, and provider;
He said after Himself, no one came higher.
Chiseled from the rock of Gibraltar and laced with the armor of the most holy;
He placed on you to be a server of men and savior of souls, so they too could witness His glory.
From your rib, thought became flesh and God’s purpose fulfilled;
To every man, woman and child, his grace and mercy revealed.

You were charged with building families, communities and futures yet to come;
No one could imagine the magnitude or the stress, but everyday you rose to the challenge and victory was won.
Today and everyday we salute our fathers;
Everyday is a new challenge, and everyday it seems to get harder.
They say mama’s baby and daddy’s maybe;
But just maybe if daddy had his daddy, it would be less maybes and better babies.
Being a father has nothing to do with planting a seed in fertile ground;
But everything to do with watching that seed grow and sticking around.
It’s easy to make a child, two willing partners, a bit of science and God’s miracle is birth;
But being a father, going through the ups and downs, nurturing, disciplining, loving, and being a constant presence, is how you show your true worth.
F.A.T.H.E.R. – Faithful servant following God’s will and leading and loving his family with all his might;
Attentive to all our needs and wants, never losing focus of the bigger picture in sight.
Teacher, counselor, and disciplinarian making sure we learn life’s lessons and prepares us for the day we take their place;
Hero and healer who protects us from harm’s way and would give their life in an instant to make sure we remain safe.
Everything – Her first love, his first example, and the epitome of what every occurrence will be measured against and compared to;
Redeemer because when we fail, he will be there to help us up, encourage us to carry on, and remind us that he once failed and that’s how he grew.
He is Father by choice and not because of obligation or duty,
He chose and accepted his role and has stood tall because to him, it’s God’s greatest assignment and display of beauty.
Whether biological or those that rose to the occasion and filled in the gap,
A special salute to all for what you do in silence, behind the scenes, when no one else would, to you I tip my hat.
Thank you dads for loving us in the worst of times and the best of times each and every day,
But no matter what, being a man led by faith, man of integrity, allowing us to grow and catching us when we fall, and being there when we wake up or at least a phone call away.
Any man can be a baby’s daddy, make a child, never look back, someone that child will not remember;
But it’s takes a man to be a Father, help that child grow, raise an adult and don’t have to look back because they’re always front and center.
Immovable, unshakeable, not easily broken, and massive in ways that can’t be measured;
You’re our rock and cornerstone and our cherished treasure. ©
Happy Father’s Day!
 

 

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays

I saw a sign recently that read, “A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart.”  How àpropos.  The more we think, the more we thank©.  The brighter our spirits become, the more the burdens dissolve and the faster our hearts and souls fill with joy.  Proverbs 23:7 reads, “For as one thinks in his heart, so is he.”  The mind is the most powerful tool God gave man and mere thoughts can change a person’s outlook on life and transform the world around them.  Today I am so THANKFUL for peace of mind and a happy heart!  To have calmness despite being in the midst of storms, to know that in every trial there is a lesson to be learned, and realize that despite any setbacks, tomorrow presents an opportunity to improve and grow, is a purposeful choice to choose happiness and gratefulness and not succumb to life’s heartaches and tragedies.  What a blissful and THANKFUL thought!  Let today start the transformation of your thoughts and life.  Life will present you with many moments of despair, but that’s just it, they are ONLY moments.  Choose to minimize the moment and maximize the potential to gain self-actualization and self-improvement.  Think about all the blessings you have, look at how far you’ve come and imagine how far you’ve yet to go, envision happiness and greatness let it be the catalyst of THANKFULNESS.  As cliché as it may be, we truly are what we think.  When you begin to think, began to thank, and watch your world morph and take a paradigm shift turning into a masterpiece of beauty, joy, and unparalleled happiness.  #Think2Thank

 We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.     ~ Buddha

BrotherWord - Rev. Michael P. Jacques

  ~ Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Michael P. Jacques, S.S.E., a priest and pillar of a community and city, an activist and advocate for Jesus Christ and his fellow man, a father, uncle, brother, and friend, who showed love to whomever crossed his path, who smiled through life’s worst times, taught others how to not only overcome, but to reach new heights, who fought for the downtrodden and less fortunate, who cared for the elderly and indigent, and who lived a life that exemplified  Jesus’ love, grace, mercy, and mission of servitude.  He will be missed by many, but the life he led taught us all what life is truly about and how to make the most out of the lives we’ve been given.  Love you Fr. Mike
 
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Faithful Faux Pas?

Racing to victory is probably one of the most exhilarating feats one man can achieve.  Crouching in the blocks, pistol firing, and every muscle in your body exploding in unisonance propelling you down the track.  Competing against a field of equally athletic challengers is a true test of mental strength and physical prowess.  Crossing the line, victorious, you look up, raise one finger oh so slightly, and thank your higher power for helping you endure and come out triumphant.  Minutes later, when you should be celebrating, you’re informed you and your team have been disqualified for that same gesture.

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Jumping In Place

Brother Word,

My girlfriend and I have been dating for 3 ½ years and although we’ve spoken about marriage, she doesn’t really seem to want to get married.  Both of us have parents that have been divorced, friends that have been divorced, and marriage just doesn’t seem that important anymore.  I on the other hand seek to be married, but my girlfriend is content with us simply living together.   She doesn’t see how being married would be any different or what it would change.  Should I continue like this or forgo the relationship and the woman I love?

Sincerely,

Jumping In Place

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Money Talks

Brother Word,

I make more money than my husband and it has caused issues in our marriage and is a constant source of discontent between my husband and me.  I’m not sure how to resolve this issue or how to appease my husband’s pride and dignity.  Is this an issue of my husband being uncomfortable not being the main bread winner or a sense of embarrassment amongst our peers?  How can we move past this? 

Sincerely,

Money Talks

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