|Posted on July 10, 2019 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
Although they are not in government custody, Mondays may make some people feel like they're in Witness Protection. This message isn't for everyone, but for those whose workdays feel like an alternative Universe, this message is for you.
All weekend long you've laughed, danced, enjoyed your family, used your gifts, and lived your best life. Now Monday is here, and you must wear a mask so you can do a job you don't quite love while being in an environment with people whom you don't necessarily like while laughing at jokes that aren't funny. There's one task after the other that does not bring you joy, but you must go through the motions because an income is needed. It's likely your dreams are in one place, and you are in another operating under an assumed identity!
Today I encourage you to not become comfortable with your dreams being a distant memory while you've gotten comfortable assuming an identity not reflective of who you are or what you've been called to do.
My prayer for you is that the matter between you and your dreams be quickly brought to "justice"! May you assume your God-ordained identity and operate in the earth as God intended you to do.
May you soon be reunited with your dreams!
As always, continue to look and live!
|Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Beloved, others don't have to understand your dreams, goals, or your motives.
I was recently sharing with a few women about my interest in "marketplace ministry." Someone chimed in it was because of the money that could be made. I quickly corrected their assumption.
I believe LIGHT needs to be everywhere decisions about my life are being made. The engineers designing these phones we stare into all day may never make it to a church or synagogue, but what if they encountered a voice of LIGHT during one of those company meetings or professional development sessions everyone hates. What if we envisioned that people could encounter the divine in every aspect of life, including in their workplaces and social spaces?
Did Jesus meet people soley in the temple, or did he encounter them at wells, in graveyards, near the sea, and moving through towns?
I'm glad today that Jesus' divinity didn't allow people to place him a box that could only accommodate his humanity. Many just want Jesus to be Mary's baby, the carpenter's son, and some still believe he was simply a prophet. I'm glad today that he was all of that as well as Savior of the world.
If they doubted Jesus' potential and motives then trust that they will doubt yours! So here's your Good Friday word not spoken from the cross:
Don't allow your dreams and visions to stay in "a tomb" because of what others think! May the Holy Spirit breathe life into those spaces of your life where you and others have already written obituaries.
The hope of resurrection reminds us that what you thought was dead can live again! May you be blessed on this most special weekend, and as always, continue to Look and Live!
Rev. Dr. Arlecia Simmons, Chief Encourager
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|Posted on November 3, 2016 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
Distractions. It’s a word I find myself repeating daily. Whether I am talking to congregants or to family or friends, it seems like many are distracted by the wiles or the tricks of the enemy.
There’s always something to draw our attention away from the important matters of life. In a media-driven society, we often find our distractions through mediums such as television or social media. Whether we're waiting to see Beyonce perform on the Country Music Awards or waiting to hear about another scandal involving an entertainer or politician, it's likely our eyes are off of what's really important in this season. Are we reading about the fluctuating weight of a member of the Kardashian clan when we should really be focused on using our own gym membership?
Just think about the distractions that we’ve all witnessed as this political season plays out. Each party wants voters to be distracted by something, whether it’s emails or tax returns. While I can understand that the behaviors of the past may dictate actions in the future, in some ways it doesn’t bring us to the heart of the candidates’ platforms and what their leadership would mean for the United States.
Since the beginning of time, it has been the enemy’s desire to sift us as wheat and keep our eyes and hearts focused on matters that have no eternal gain.
As we close out 2016 we must be mindful of things that are taking our attention away from what’s important for our spiritual lives. Most days I must repent for spending more time reading Facebook than I have reading my Bible. If we’re honest, many have found themselves engrossed in social media in similar ways. Meanwhile, something crucial to our next level gets left undone or the pile of laundry remains undone.
Is it possible to “power down” or silence the things you know are keeping you from accomplishing that goal or dream?
Are you your own distraction?
|Posted on May 15, 2015 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
There are already too many gifts and talents stockpliled in the cemetery!
Each day I read about some young person who has died and begin to lament as the questions flow. While I often think of the impact on their family, my first thoughts are about their salvation and the work that was left undone. On Saturday, I will attend the funeral of a 40-year-old classmate which reminded this 40-year-old "I have to be about my Father's business."
So today I am about the business of pressing buttons and stirring up gifts that may be headed prematurely to the cemetery. Coaching or guiding you into your divine assignments will require conversations, prayers meditation, and other aspects this medium will not provide. However, I will attempt to make this post do what it can do. Here are some questions for you to consider in your personal time of reflection today. For those of us who accomplish much, significant time was spent in prayer, silence, and doing much internal work before our hands ever touched the external. Yes, you will need to do some personal non-social media reflection! Begin today by answering the following:
1) What are you afraid of? Failure? Success? Outgrowing your environment or friends? Struggle? The challenge or difficulty of the assignment?
2) What are the roadblocks you have created in your mind? Have you told yourself "I am too young..too old...too whatever" or "They won't let me in because I am a woman (minority,etc.etc.)..."
3) What are the time limits you have assigned? Why have you delayed pursuing something that God spoke to you about 5, 10, 15 years ago? Have you said "I can do it later...I can do it when I retire...I will do it when my money gets right..."
As you consider these questions, may you move from fear to faith as you confront the internal thoughts and external chatter that keep you from doing what your hands have been assigned to do!
In these final days of the Easter season, I pray God would resurrect dreams inside of you! I pray you will make a move, even if it is small one, in the direction of your destiny. I pray scales will fall off your eyes so you can see yourself in the future. I pray you will be strong and courageous.
As someone who has pursued many exploits sometimes without external endorsement or a handbook, I know the road to "there" isn't easy but it is possible!
To continue this discussion, consider a spiritual direction session with me. I would love to help you look and live!
Rev. Dr. Arlecia Simmons