Message From The Clouds

Distractions! 

I am determined to get up and exercise by walking everyday; I want to do it early in the mornings, taking the proper time and enjoy the Lord, through prayer singing, praising, worshipping and surrendering to him and allowing him to speak to me, and  there are times when it seems hard to balance the proper time each morning the way I would like too. Sometimes there are always other things that require my attention and seems they need to be done before I do my walking or I will have to cut my walk time short. Have you ever started out with a mind set of doing one thing, you were committed and determined to do it and not allow anything else to get in the way until you had finished the task at hand? Do you remember starting out with tenacity, strength, and commitment in your spirit, but something happened and then you got off track for some reason. We are all distracted more easily and more readily than we would like to admit, by life, social media, and other family obligations but it does not mean that we will not do what we are determined to do. Don't let the distractions keep you from carrying things out.  They will come, but we don't have to allow them to stop us. I speak it again;  I AM DETERMINED TO GET UP AND EXERCISE BY WALKING EVERYDAY!  I was walking one morning and I was talking to the Lord about it, and he placed something in my spirit and I started to say it out loud! IF I WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE; THE CHANGE STARTS WITH ME,I AM THE CHANGE!, (Remember- Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest difference; start somewhere, but do it today. Don't let the distractions stop you! It's only a pause, don't give up! but be determined, I AM !

A planted seed! 

Have you ever looked at a seed and realized it's potential? The seed may be small, round, oblong, looks disfigured, or even colored but when it is always placed in a position where it can germinate (sprout) that seed takes on a whole new form; it no longer looks the same as it was when it was first placed in the earth, the seed goes through different weather patterns and season changes, but the seed remains in place. The conditions around the seed changes; grass turns green, weeds grow, flowers come up, the grass is cut around it, leaves fall on it and maybe even stepped on, but the seed manages to burst through the earth into new life in a beautiful shade of green and grows to produce whatever it was designed and planted for. Today, you are the seed! You have been carefully planted, sown in the earth for a specific time and purpose, you have gone through different changes, with times of scorching heat applied to you and even death with the very  bites of coldness and freezing moments that touched you deeply, But! Look at you now, flourishing, growing, and it may seem that it is not at a rate that you expected or thought possible, but it is not just left up to you as the seed, but also the sower who took care of you while you were in your weaken state. DON'T JUST GROW WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED, THRIVE AND PRODUCE! 

An Anniversary! 

Someone is celebrating an anniversary! And the reason I say that is someone is always celebrating an anniversary of some type; wedding anniversary, birthday,  even there first job and there seems to be cause for celebrating lots of things in our lives. Today marks an important anniversary for me; Fourteen years ago today I released my first album entitled "In His Presence"(2006). It is worth remembering and celebrating! When I think of being In His Presence it is not just a song, but a way of life to live; living in his presence is living in the spirit and there is no real life without living in the presence of God. Remember in your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 AMPC. Start your anniversary today by getting in his presence, it will be the best anniversary to celebrate him. (HAPPY TO BE IN HIS PRESENCE)!

Call His Name! 

There is something about the name of Jesus, and we know that there is joy, hope, love and even salvation in his name but; do we ever think about the fact that he will answer? whenever someone calls you, they call you by your name or whatever nickname that they have given you or that you go by; whether it is Pookie, Man Man, or Sweetie Pie, but since they are familiar with you and they call you that all the time you know who they are talking about. I want to let you in on a secret just in case you did not know but THE LORD WILL RESPOND TO HIS NAME TOO!! I was in the back yard and while I was talking to God, it felt so good that I went into praise and worship mode and even got me a sermon in, preaching to the trees, grass, neighbors, and anyone else in hearing distance. But I did not HAVE to say Master, Jesus, or Savior; but he responded to me when I called his name; We have the right to use his name, you may call him healer, my Lord, my strength or my peace but hallelujah! He knows who he is to you! So call his name and allow him to answer, the reason he will not answer is because we are not willing to call him.    

What you see is what you get! 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1 but I was reminded of another scripture when I heard my niece talking about this scripture about faith and that is Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith is now! We always use our faith now, but we place our hope before our sight, because faith is not only what we hear but what we can see by it (faith). Now, what is it that you really see? We always hear something but even when we go shopping there is always music being played inside the store and people talking, but what we need to see is faith talking from the word of God. This statement is often said that you are the only bible that someone reads, so if you are speaking after the word then that means we are speaking faith. The word of God speaks faith, purpose, plans, and revelation to us so if you are able to hear faith coming from the lives of Gods people we all should be able to see it, you will have what you say in faith, so speak it, believe it and see it.

The Power of Words! 

We are familiar and or have heard of the Miranda rights (3) #1. You have the right to remain silent  #2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. #3.You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning, so the power of words are very much at work in the natural, but we forget that we have the same operating power in the spirit realm. My sister in law passed away on this past Sunday morning August 16, and I was in such shock that I did not know what to say in prayer, but as the week begin to unfold, God had me covered; and even still I walked around saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, and Help me Lord, (there were a few others) but these two were the ones I kept repeating, now to the average person, they were repetitious words that I spoke that had three words in them, and even though they were simple words, I did not see anything happening different in the natural; but in the spirit; #1. I was not silent, #2.the words that I was speaking were being used,(but not against me-for me)  and #3. (my attorney, my lawyer) my words brought him on the scene, so I was not alone, the words that I said were spoken in faith that I said them in, and  made me feel better every time I spoke it. Learn to use the power of the words that God gives you. In Isaiah 61: 2-3 KJV  to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Make the trade; trade in your words! And watch how the power of God will begin to transform you. 

A painted picture 

Have you ever read a story and saw yourself in it? This story took on a new meaning because you saw yourself in the picture, being a part of the scene, and relating to each character, but also responding to the actions of reading it while experiencing it all at the same time; my heart has cheered in victory, encouraged the good guys, saddened at what the bad guys or enemies did to the men and women of God, turned off by so called righteous ones in the face of battle only to find out it was all about the authority and money. I have marveled at the low esteem of others that banned together to lift up someone else with nothing but the power of the words they spoke. The Word of God has been doing that for me and too me! I get so excited at the painted picture before me that I can visualize the characters, expressions, emotions of disappointment, sadness, victory of the battles, and the moments that I cannot believe they let that happen and no one didn't say anything or do anything, and then I began to think about what God sees when he looks at us, how our lives are beginning to be so far off from the way he created us to be. We have to take notice of the painted picture of his word, and apply it so that we can be the people he created us to be. We should be God's masterpiece. 

Release It! 

No one is exempt from death; someone dies everyday, and as often as it happens we cannot imagine the reaction, the pain, dismay, or feeling of separation until it happens in your family. Well today, my first cousin passed away and it really really hurts, but it is hard to put into words that feeling with someone else that you know of that passed away versus someone that you have grown up with;  In family reunions, playing, eating sour dirt with, in church singing together, talked and laughed with, texted, encouraged, supported you and you supported them and even was with each other last month at our aunts funeral. God!. We can get through this, God! We can get through this! Is what I kept repeating out loud this morning, while fighting back the tears, but they flowed freely anyway,  I was saying it so that not only God could here me say it, but so that I could hear me say it, I need my natural man to hear not just my voice say it, but my spirit to receive it. God doesn't mind us saying what is on our hearts. 1 Peter 5:7 AMPC Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Ps. 55:22]  We have to learn how to speak it and release it.

Faith to follow! 

While standing out on my patio, I noticed a rabbit hopping along with a smaller rabbit, it may have been father or mother but they kept up with each other, but the way that they walked together was so amazing as if they were in sync; but the smaller one behind the bigger one. It was so beautiful the way that they moved, big rabbit hop; moved three time, smaller rabbit hop; moved three times, they kept doing this repeatedly one after the other and I began to think that this is the way that God wants us to follow him; walk in his path, no questions, no hesitation, just follow in his footsteps. Blind faith! When was the last time God said trust me, follow me, I will take you just where you need to go. Do we lack the faith to follow the footsteps in front of us, and do we know how to follow without knowing where we are going. Hebrews13:7 AMPC- Remember your leaders and superiors in authority [for it was they] who brought to you the Word of God. Observe attentively and consider their manner of living (the outcome of their well-spent lives) and imitate their faith (their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider and Bestower of eternal salvation through Christ, and their leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness)

Feedback 

There are a lot of people, and places asking for your feedback; it has become a system where others are asking questions of you in order to rate what they are doing, and in doing this; it is suppose to make the situations and the services better, and as we take surveys to find out what someone else needs to do in order to accommodate others, or rate them so that improvements can be made, we do it with ourselves in mind.  Feedback is not just something that we give to others but it should also be what we give to God, we forget that God wants to hear from us not only through prayer but so that we can receive the help we need. Isaiah 41: 10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. The feedback is for our purpose to help us be the children that God desires us to be. Feed-back!