Sometimes in life, we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.-By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Life has its seasons and each season has its appointed time and believe it or not a purpose. Pursuing indicators of success such as owning a home, purchase of a luxury vehicle, obtaining a bachelor’s degree and/or higher, and employment with a high paid salary to name a few are often pursued first which is contrary to the way of living in the kingdom of God (Matt.6:33). I recall my first time failing a course in the history of my “education.” During my second year of college, my grade point average was a rock steady 3.0 each quarter! This was a huge accomplishment for me for several reasons to include the fact that I was enlisted in the military simultaneously and furthering my education on scholarship all of which I had deemed impossible yet managed to muster faith to pursue. Honestly, I was trying to make sense of my life and the decisions that I had made. Although I viewed my first ever failed course as a catastrophe, now I deem it as another great learning opportunity that taught me how to overcome past, present and future failures and to remain optimistic no matter what season life yields (1 Thess. 5:18). This particular event shifted my definition of success and encouraged me to reflect on the fact that even Jesus Christ had to be processed before fulfilling his assignment that He was sent to accomplish. Considerably, my situations have not been and I truly doubt will ever be as excruciating as His crucifixion for starters and definitely not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). With this in mind, I have learned to view life as a classroom, to appreciate every moment and to allow God’s thoughts to define you, your life and everything around you. The journey does get tough, but remember that seasons do not last forever!
Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours.- Zero Dean
The first time I heard this quote and it really caused me to go into deep reflection. For the most part, I agree; however, I would like to make a statement that I think would be fitting for this era and the issues that we face as a nation. For example, fatherlessness is an issue that is dear to my heart for many reasons to include my personal experience until I discovered the existence of my heavenly Father! Circumstances surrounding my birth and arrival were quite adverse and complex for me to fully understand at such a young age and at times I did feel as if no one understood me. As a result, I would remain silent about certain concerns that I had which only resulted in a reservoir of unresolved anger and very disruptive behavior while at home only. I think my parents viewed their decisions as part of their journey but failed to recognize that I was also included along with my other siblings. With this in mind, I would suggest that it’s important to know that not everyone will understand but some people can relate and provide wisdom and direction. The key is to learn how to recognize whom God has sent into your life and the purpose they serve. Soliciting wisdom from individuals that you know have your best interest at heart can save you from continuing a cycle that was present in the previous generation such as alcoholism, violence, poor stewardship, and unhealthy relationships to name a few.
Deterioration of the spine, but it’s not deterring my mind.- Mother Bertha Sadler
February 2, 2018 marked a milestone in the life of a very special young lady that I deeply cherish for her valuable contributions to my life in word and deed. I am so thankful to witness her existence. She is always so encouraging and filled with wisdom and a healthy sense of humor yet very seasoned. I would like to thank all of her children and grandchildren for sharing her with us at my local church. I pray that the Lord will continue to increase your faith and remember Mother, the Lord still has need of you here on earth! Keep sharing your faith and priceless words of wisdom! Happy Birthday Mother Bertha Sadler! I love you dearly!
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Kingdom greetings to you and yours! Thanks be unto God for being able to witness such a grand occasion! I welcome you to journey with me for this is my year to produce and to walk in authority as a son of God. Today marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of the National Sanctity of Human Life Day as proclaimed first by then President Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, I was unable to be present with thousands of pro-life Georgians assembled together at Liberty Plaza on Friday, January 19th in Atlanta to commemorate the lives of over 60,000,000 innocent, defenseless, pre-born babies that have been killed as a result of the Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) legalizing abortion in 1973. One of my primary goals for this year is to be a voice not an echo crying in the wilderness preparing the way of the Lord! Stay tuned for a LIFE production! I pray that your faith be strengthened, that the fear of the Lord be pressed upon your heart, and that you will be more receptive to the voice our Father in heaven! It’s time for the Creator’s commands to be trumpeted boldly in love without compromise. Truly, I believe that bold faith will reveal your enemies as well as provoke your enemies to acknowledge the power of God (Daniel 4:34) as a result of our tested faith and obedience. Always remember that no matter what that God is sovereign!
Thanksgiving is just that and much more in my family. Truly, I am forever grateful for your many blessings that I definitely do not deserve on my own merit. As I grow, I recognize more and more the importance of the small things that make a big difference such as the institution of the family according to God’s Word. Despite the fact that my family is “dysfunctional,” the healing that God has yielded is so amazing! To have the opportunity to witness the changes that time has brought about such as the birth of children, marriages and divorces, forgiveness from past hurts and/or movement from one location to another and countless others is indeed a privilege. November 24th marked Mary’s 59th birthday celebrated at Golden Corral in the presence of most of my siblings, two daughther-in-laws, and eight of the fifteen grandchildren. My nephew, Kendall rendered a beautiful selection of ” Happy Birthday, Grandma” on his newly purchased saxophone and he also informed us to our surprise that he had only been practicing for a few weeks or so!
Mom also received a lump sum collected by my siblings and I in addition to a delectable cake that we were too full to consume. This occasion marked a milestone in the growth of my faith in the Lord that I will share in the near future!
I will be the first to admit that life does present innumerable challenges but they are certainly not insurmountable. This cliche”bad things happen to good people: comes to mind in the midst of adverse circumstances or when things do not go as I had planned. I can recall many times that my plans were either delayed or just a complete disaster! My frequent conclusion was to simply not plan for anything at all. However, I have learned that if you fail to plan, failure is inevitable and to always prioritize God’s desires above our own. On the contrary, I believe that good things happen to bad people! Contrary to popular belief, man is innately evil apart from the grace of God. This truth humbles me daily and reminds me that I am nothing without Jesus Christ and to always maintain an attitude of gratitude no matter what circumstances are presented (1 Thess. 5:18)! Rain or shine, God is worthy to be praised! Do I grieve, get angry or depressed? Most definitely, but by the grace of God I do not remain there because I know who’s bringing my future and no matter what situation arises He has provided everything I need to overcome every obstacle! With this in mind, I would just like to thank the Lord for his protection during an accident that I had last year during the month of October! I was at fault but no fatal injuries to either party involved but did result in total loss of both vehicles involved. The response time of my”dysfunctional” family was very heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes. Four of my siblings arrived simultaneously to the arrival of the local fire, police, sheriff’s office and of course the Georgia State Trooper! What a mighty God we serve! The following month, I was blessed to be able to purchase my first brand new 2017 Ford Fusion S with no money down! Salute to Mr. Membrish Brown and the Sunbelt Ford Team of Cordele for your services and professionalism! Truly, all things are working together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14
Children are a gift from God. In addition, it’s quite a privilege considering that children are the heritage of the Lord! Unfortunately, in christian circles we have this view in theory but the exact opposite in practical terms. Although I have attended public institutions, I am so grateful for and highly esteem my local church and its faithfulness to the Word of God and thumbs up to my parents for making it mandatory to hear the Word of God during our countless worship services and constantly reminding me of its supreme authority. Salute to my pastors for remaining faithful to prayer, study and ministry of the Word! However, I must state that it is time to place greater emphasis on planting seeds in the lives of our youth as early as the moment of conception if we desire to possess the gates of our enemies! We must start now! Neglecting to devote adequate time to teach children the Word of God violates God’s law and is a form of child abuse. What are you or your local church doing to prepare our children to declare to the nations of His excellencies?