Hey Kings & Queens,
After 3 events back to back in 2 days, I felt like I needed a week to just laaayyyy down! So I did just that! I'm all for sleeping and taking breaks when needed. I also stopped working out, started eating donuts everyday and....also stopped my morning devotionals with God.
I found myself praying tonight before my youth & young adult bible study and I realized that so many people around me are sick, there's so much drama happening, and my body feels HORRIBLE! I apologized to God saying "Lord forgive me! I should be praying for people! I need to pray over the environment and against these spirits and principalities that are causing so much drama! My body feels terrible! Why did I stop working out?" on & on!
" you're doing YOURSELF a disservice"
I thought, "wait, what?" How am I doing myself a disservice? Isn't God the one that becomes angry when we do something wrong? Or when we're off track? I was so confused. I literally said out loud "wait, what? Lord what are you talking about?"
And, like a good Father, He answered. He told me "yes, doing YOURSELF A DISSERVICE. You are the one that wants to be used by me, you want to help people, you want your body to be in shape, you want to prophesy and rule over principalities. The way you're living is doing a disservice to yourself. I will use you if you want to be used."
WOAH! Reality check! Sometimes I think I'm disappointing God but in actuality I'm just feeding the flesh and making it more and more difficult to follow His spirit.
If we feed the flesh more, we'll become fleshly/worldly.
If we live by the Spirit we'll become more spiritual and rooted in Christ.
If you are struggling with discipline, self control, consistency, etc. I pray that today you will be led by the Spirit and not the flesh. That you will listen to the still small voice in your mind that says "go this way. Do this, not that". The more we practice listening to the Holy Spirit, the more we'll live free and disciplined lives!
Blessings to you kings & queens!
Hey Kings & Queens,
I hope you are healthy, cute & well! Lol I was reflecting on the phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” which comes from the verse Nehemiah 8:10.
Sometimes we get busy doing everything we need to do. Our plates are full! Some of us have kids, enrolled in school, work full time, have a crazy baby momma/baby daddy, we’re starting businesses, trying to invest in stocks, etc. & we get used to the busyness & routines of our full lives.
When our plates are super full, we can get weary & tired sometimes. Although we’re doing everything for everyone, we’re doing our best, & we may be right in the middle of purpose, buttttttt.....we still get overwhelmed!
Guess what? If you connect back to the vine (John 15) by praying, worshipping, journaling & tapping into God (however you do that), HE will renew your joy & strength!
Joy comes from HIM, not from the things.
Don't get me wrong, the things are nice! Taking care of business is nice. Feeding and teaching our kids is nice. The money, fame & stuff is very nice.
BUT, pure joy, peace, and happiness come from the Father!
I encourage you to join me this week by starting your day with worship, prayer & spending time in God's word.
Maybe start with 15 minutes if you can. If you can do more, 30 minutes- 1 hour.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Seek Him and He will fill your cup and give you your joy back. Joy that overflowing!
Please comment how your morning devotionals are going!
Of course leave prayer requests & comments.
Verses: James 4:8, psalm 16:11
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Hey Kings & Queens,
Y'all was this week a struggle for anyone else besides me? Because....everyone I know has felt down, heavy, complacent/stuck, lost, sick and other not so good things! Last night I realized "this has got to be spiritual!" There is no way that every single person is feeling bogged down at the same time and it be a coincidence.
I think something amazing is about to happen for believers, my circle and myself! (Get ready for it!)
Y'all this week was so strange. I started off on a good page then, I got in a few disagreements with business partners, I realized that other businesses were duplicating my project ideas and cutting me out of them, people are getting funding for services that they don't even do meanwhile other nonprofits (like mine) need funding, and my feelings were hurt from seeing one of my friends intentions as envious, malicious, and hateful towards me.
Here's a glimpse into my prayer life. I asked God " is this how business is going to be? I am literally just trying to do your will and help the world! I'm doing my best Lord! Why can't we all work together and not have drama? Why are people duplicating ideas instead of collaborating? Why do people have bad intentions for me when I just want everyone to win? Why is everyone else being funded when I'm literally working so hard for everything I'm doing? This can't be it! Lord I need to go to a different city/state! I don't want to be in this city anymore. Why is this so difficult? No one knows how hard it is to live by faith & not take short cuts to riches & fame!"
After thinking this, my sister invited me to church. I definitely did NOT want to go. I wanted to go home and cry to my pillow lol. I ended up going. It turned out to be a prayer night. I thought "great! I definitely don't feel like praying for however long!"
I sat in my chair, started praying and felt overwhelmed with sadness, hopelessness, and weariness. I was trying so hard not to cry.
Everyone started praying for each other. I didn't want anyone to come and touch me, hug me or pray for me! I didn't want to fall apart!
Although I knew I needed a whisper from God. I desperately needed someone to pray for me.
Finally, the pastor walked up to me and asked if he could pray for me. He started off with a cute prayer like "thank you Lord for Shameka's impact on the community..." next thing you know he's talking about working together with the people in the AV, collaboration, brining unity to the AV, my heart being pure to help people, business partners, resources, not being weary in well doing, strength AND he said "God is rejoicing over you! God is proud of you! Your parents in heaven are proud of you!" The flood gates were GUSHING! When I tell y'all I couldn't stop crying...My jeans were soaked from the tears falling!
There was no way he could have known everything that was in my mind and heavy on my heart!
THAT RIGHT THERE, was a display of God's divine knowledge and Holy Spirit!
I hadn't told the pastor anything about my situation. I'm actually not even a member of his church! This was the first time at his church in months! I was shocked!
After other members of the church prophesied over me, "God is rejoicing over you" kept ringing in my mind!
God rejoices over ME?
I then realized that if God is pleased, proud and rejoices over me and I feel lost sometimes and afraid to mess up, imagine if I REALLY stepped into everything with confidence, authority and boldness that the creator is proud and rejoices over me! Imagine the woman I would become!
Y'all better watch out! I thought I was a force to be reckoned with before, but wait until you see me after this settles in! I am solely here to do God's will/ live out my purpose! Now that I know I'm doing just that, WAAATTCCCHHHH OOOUUTTTTT!
Do you know that God rejoices over YOU TOO?
When you are seeking Him and living out your purpose, God celebrates you! Your creator is rooting for you, guiding you and sending reminders 24-7 to keep you on the right track!
If you need prayer/support, please comment or email me! I'd love to check in with you!
We are the King's kids! We are royalty! We can do anything!
Queen Shameka (:
Verses: Gal 6:9 Nehemiah 8:10
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