YOUR LABOR IS NOT INVAIN
Good morning, I hope and pray that you are well. Today is ‘Labor Day’, I don’t mean that “Labor day” as in the holiday most of you enjoyed on yesterday but labor in the sense of your blood, sweat, trials, troubles, tribulations, struggles, heartaches and pain. Perhaps you have been stressing, procrastinating, telling yourself not today, or giving into your own fears when it comes to you and your dreams, that’s called Labor! Did you know that have you been laboring? Are you even prepared to give birth to a dream, goal, purpose or plan? Or are you just experiencing process? Do you have plan in place? Don’t prolong the process anymore. I am here to serve you notice that you are well OVERDUE! prolonging the process or further delay could be detrimental to your future. YOU WATER HAS BROKE! THE TIME IS NOW! I admonish you to do something purposeful to activate your delivery! Go out of your way to get out of your way! Today is the day! Be it whatever, bring it to fruition. it is necessary to PUSH!
For those of you who, relatively speaking, have been at the hospital a long time just sitting in the waiting room, watching other people deliver one, two or even three goals! No more will you sit by and watch, you are being induced today! It’s a must, it is non-negotiable at this point! No more waiting, no more putting others before you.
You are giving birth today! Whatever you have been laboring for, know that your labor has not and is not invain!
I hope you share you labor and birthing details!
Let’s do this!
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WHEN THE ENEMY COUNTS YOU OUT
You know that moment when you realized that the very people you thought were cheering you on, were really only waiting for you to fail. No, they were not jealous but somehow envy creeped in and allowed them to just stand instead of playing their part in your process. All I can say is hold on because God is paving pathways on your behalf! He is causing a shift to take place! He is having your enemies call on you. The very stones thrown at you will be the very steps thy elevate you! God is so smooth and subtle that you will have to look back to see what HE has been up to. He is not blazing trails, He is creating trails just for you! You see the enemy though he had you and truth be told you just didn’t know what to think. You kept the faith but evidence seemed lack, oh BUT GOD! Last week alone, God showed favor in your life. Take a minute and just reflect, you didn’t even realize what He did but now you know… Go ahead and give Him thanks! Those that counted you out will not be able to number the blessings God has in store for you! You should have never been counted out, instead you should have been counted on! Don’t worry, no need to explain, it’s just called FAVOR! You are getting ready to reap your harvest! You have sown good seeds in good soil and the time is at hand to reap! You will be able bless so many people, make sure you do! Give God the glory, honor and praise! Before you go, I just want to say, I can see you praising Him; what an awesome sight!
Oh yeah, don’t be braggadocio, be grateful! Give God praise. When you get a chance to shine, shine bright and shine right even when opportunity presents itself to remind others of what they didn’t do, don’t! It was all a part of God’s plan!
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IT’S NOT OVER
Yes, you have done all that you could do. Yes, you have given it your all. Yes, you have prayed and cried then prayed and cried some more but I am here to tell you it’s not over! Yes, you have exhausted all of your options and the enemy is still standing but I say don’t worry. God has been watching and waiting. He allowed you to go through so that you could know Him as a Deliverer, healer, Comforter, Keeper, Redeemer, conqueror and a way out of no way! You have only been knocked down, not out! You have only suffered little because Jesus suffered much. Your struggle and battle is real but our God is real also! He may not come when you want Him but He is always on time! God is made strong in our weakness. You have been attacked in every way possible but I am here to tell you that you were being reconstructed and reassembled because you were getting ready to walk into a new season. Your heart, mind, thoughts, words, praise and worship had to change. Your faith was tested but not shaken! Your test was validating your testimony! You see, you were knocked down so one day you teach someone else how to get back up! So go ahead and start dusting yourself off because you are already on your way back up! As you go through today, tell yourself that it could have been worse, so there is no need to complain!
Just in case you need some reassurance, a month ago you thought something else was going to take you out but truth be told you are still here and you are no where near giving up!
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CAN YOU STAND THE PULL?
Can you? You are being pulled in so many directions. You can’t seem to stand for falling. You just feel like giving up. You are just so angry because every time you move forward, you fall three steps behind. You’re trying but it’s hard to understand what is going on. You have being praying and trying to keep the faith but nothing seems to be working. You just want out! Don’t give up whatever you do. I stopped by to tell you that God saw you going through a storm. God saw your world falling down around you. God saw that no one was trying to help you. God saw you helpless, sad you standing still; He began to pull you through! The pull had to be hard because you were being set up to fail. A lot of traps were set for your demise. Death was even around the corner but God said not so! He is pulling you through because He sees the greatness in you! He sees the potential in you! He sees that you are more than a conqueror! He sees Himself in you! He said He was not finish with you! Hold on and don’t let go! That pull is your HELP! God will pull you through if you can stand the pull! ( in my Pastor Micheal Perkins voice)
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IT’S TIME TO SHUT THE DOOR
You have suffered long enough! You have struggled long enough! You have hurt long enough! You have had to bear some burdens long enough! You have given your all long enough! You have paid the price long enough! You have waddled in self pity long enough! You have endured long enough! You have been held captive by others long enough! You have held yourself prisoner long enough! You have felt sorry long enough! You have cried long enough! Lord knows you have been lost long enough! It’s time to shut the door on your past. It’s time to shut some people and things out! You have known this for a very long time but you keep trying to have an open door relationship with closed minded people! You are a giver and they are takers. You are a lover and they are haters. You are a builder and they are destroyers. You are a help and they do nothing but hurt. You are unequally yoked in friendships, relationships work-ships, church-ships, partnerships, marriages, etc. This will not work and not only does it not serve you on any level, it’s affecting you in a bad way! Your health, sleep, finances, work, church, heart, mind and family are suffering. You know this is true because you have had this feeling in your Spirit for a long time. But how? Should you? Could you? Would you? When? How? Really? Why? Why now? Maybe it will change? No! No! No, it won’t! You will have to make the changes and the time is now! Can you? Will you? Say yes to you, starting right now? Write it down, pray and then do it! You will have to shut some doors so God can open new doors in your life! These doors will be pathways without pain, journeys of joy and pathways of peace! Are you ready? Go ahead and shut those doors and don’t apologize! Stand firm, don’t let anyone talk you out of it! You deserve greatness! You deserve love, honor, respect, joy, peace, support, encouragement, abundance and all that life has to offer!
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STOP GIVING WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE
So many times you go over and above for any and everybody except self! Be it time, money, energy, love, support, conversation, encouragement, guidance or just space you try your best to make sure everyone has what they need, everyone but you. You somehow have convinced yourself that this is the right thing to do or shall I say the Christian thing to do. To make matters worst, you think that if you at any time in life received love, help or support during one of your hard times in life that this is required of you for the rest of your life. No, you don’t! God made provisions for you and your debt is paid. It is great to give back but you can’t do it forever nor for everyone. You have convinced yourself that if you don’t help, you should feel ashamed or guilty. I am here to tell you to STOP! I say stop because you have given so much for so long that you are giving what you don’t have. You have depleted self on so many levels. You know this is true. You know this because you are exhausted and empty at the end of the day. It takes everything in you to find rest and you constantly seek peace. Those that really need you never even ask, so you take it for granted that they will be ok. Truthfully you are neglecting them and abusing self. Don’t get me wrong, on the surface when and where it can be observed, you seem to be doing and awesome job but underneath you know you are slowly growing tired. No one pours into you because you don’t allow it! You have convinced yourself and others that you don’t have needs, this is the furthest thing from the truth. You are in great need because you are a source for so many. You keep depleting yourself by giving and not allowing yourself to receive anything from anyone. You bypass the most important person on your journey because you don’t give to self. So stop and assess you, assess your life and those close to you. Then vow to give all of you to you. You will not be wrong, for once you will be right! Give yourself your time, love, money, energy, support, encouragement, guidance etc! It will feel different but it will make all the difference! You see if you pour into self, you will become full and passively overflow into the lives of others! This is how you live! This is also how you should give! If you become full, you will overflow. You will have so much to live for and so much to give. You will no longer live in despair, instead you will learn to live in abundance! Please note: this includes your work, church, community, friend circle and family; you can’t give what you don’t have! Know that everyone will be ok, your putting yourself first will not hurt anyone. It’s time for you to come 1st. I love you as you are right where you are!
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YOU FELL DOWN, SO WHAT?
You have fallen and you won’t get up, notice I didn’t say you can’t get up that’s because you can! What are you waiting for? Get up and get moving. You have been put down and dragged through the mud for being human. You have lost your fight and just want to give up. Don’t! You just need to muster up the strength to get up; your battle is already won! Truth be told, it was never your battle to fight. You were knocked down but not knocked out! The bad part of your fall is that you are your worst enemy, you keep beating yourself up. You are your worst judge and jury. You seem to think that this is the end, well it’s not, it’s the beginning. The people that you are counting on, are standing and waiting instead of helping, don’t get mad, get up! You are the reason they are standing, they count on you for your strength. Your job, home, family, church and life all seem to be in constant turmoil or strife with each other and you don’t know what to do. You keep saying maybe tomorrow, I’ll try again, maybe tomorrow will be a new start, maybe, maybe, maybe… Well stop wallowing in your self pity and get it together TODAY because tomorrow is not promised! Forgive yourself and move on! That’s right, this was just one of many more falls to come, in fact you are going to be a professional getter-upper, lol. Truth of the matter is, you are so strong and resilient. You have so much fight left in you. You have made it this far even though you were counted out long ago. You see, you are a miracle! God performed a miracle in you and through you; you are now the light for many. So I will ask you again, you fell down, so what? Your getting up is going to be Epic!
Can’t wait to see your next move! People think its about how bad the fall was, no, it’s about how you get back up!
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DON’T LET NOBODY OR NOTHING TURN YOU AROUND
DON’T! You are on the right track at the right time, don’t let nobody or nothing turn you around! People and things will show up to turn you around but you must remain steadfast and immovable in your quest. Whether to gain more, improve self or renew your Spirit, your time is NOW! If obstacles are showing up out of nowhere, KNOW that what you seek and/or what you have been working on is just around the corner! You are almost there, don’t give up and don’t give in! This is just a time for you to adjust or adapt; just do whatever you have to do but don’t be dismayed! Press full speed ahead and keep your focus! Renew, regroup, refresh, re-dedicate to your cause and purpose so you will refrain from retreating!
I admonish you not to let nobody or nothing turn you around!
KEEP ON KEEPING ON!
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Starting over will require two things. First you must decide to start over. Secondly, you must live consciously! So many people get stuck or find it hard to start over because they get distracted. Many people think it’s about saying goodbyes and saying farewell when it’s NOT! It’s about saying hello and greetings to what’s to come! So what, you made some mistakes, mis-steps and mishaps, we all do! Forgive yourself, forgive others and #GETMOVED! If you must start over daily until you get it right, do just that. Don’t give up, you are worth the work. Start over so you can get to where you are destined to go and be who you are destined to be! If it’s a relationship, career or task that you failed, it’s ok you are not dead and it’s not the end; you just need to start over! YOU DON’T OWE ANYONE BUT YOU DO OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELF, DON’T DIE WITH REGETS, WHEN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS START OVER!
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BE PREPARED TO MODIFY YOUR PLANS!
Be prepared to modify your plans because your plans may not line up with God’s plan. So often we tend to plan without consulting the Master about His plans for us, it’s just what we do! We are so busy trying to gain, accomplish and achieve things that we work ourselves into a frazzle. This is not how things are supposed to work! If you seem to be working hard just to get by or no matter what you do, things don’t work out regardless how hard you try. It probably means that these are things not in His Will because whatever is for you, is for you! You see he can knock down walls, move mountains, open doors and give you things that you never thought would be possible! He can block you from attacks of the enemy and close doors that need to be closed. If you just seek Him first and do His Will, you and your life will be forever changed! So if for some reasons things don’t go as you planned, shake it off, re-group and be prepared to modify your plans because He just might be working things in your favor! His plan is better!