Flashback Friday: Holes In Your Pocket 

Enjoy and take note from this post of our Money $eries Week originally posted on June 13, 2017.

Sometimes it feels like your money comes only to disappear through some invisible hole in your pocket. Your bank account can’t even get acquainted with your money because it comes in and goes right back out. 

You are barely getting by. Your funds don’t add up. Bills are due, debt is piling up. You obsess over making your paycheck fit all the bills and then some. You are afraid it will always be like this, living paycheck to paycheck. You have tried loans that you pay back twice as much in interest. You try getting more credit but get denied and rejected. You even tried supplementing your income with a side business you truly love but have no time for and have little success. It feels hopeless sometimes. But God!

Today’s Scripture:
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ Or ‘what shall we drink?’ Or ‘what shall we wear?’ For pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Psalm 9:10 Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. 

God doesn’t lie, in fact can’t. God doesn’t say something just to say it. He means what He says and wants you to know that you are so valuable to Him and He wants to take care of you. Why not let Him; He created and owns the universe. He is Alpha and Omega, omniscient and omnipresent. Meditate on His Word today and trust that He will do what He said He would. Seek Him and seek Him first!

Tip: Track and make note of your finances. Know what monies are coming in and know where they are going to. Then eliminate expenses that you can do without or substitute like cable tv. Track your expenses at least once a month and make necessary changes. 

Prayer: 

Father, help me to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness. For you are the Great I Am, my maker, my present help in the time of trouble, my deliverer, my heavenly Father. Help me to trust You with my finances. You are the source of everything I need. Lord, I am valuable to You so help me to trust that You will never leave me nor forsake me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Cracks in Foundation

Have you ever dropped your phone and cracked the screen? Being without your phone and possibly losing photos, notes, and work that wasn’t backed up or even remembering passwords and apps to put back on your repaired phone can be a headache. Anyway, sometimes screens are shattered and hanging on for dear life and sometimes screens just have hairline cracks. However, these phones amazingly still work. 

But when the LCD has been damaged, it is only a matter of time and more damage to the phone that will make it clunk out totally. When it is still functioning with cracks in the screen though, you continue to use it thinking that these cracks couldn’t have run too deep or have caused too much internal damage. Well, that is how some of the church is right now. We, as believers, sometimes don’t realize the cracks in our spiritual foundation have run deep because we are still functioning

And there are times we don’t realize we have cracks in our spiritual foundation, and that is even more disheartening. We don’t realize the cracks in our spiritual foundation have run deep until we finally clunk out, get wore out physically, mentally, and spiritually, when everything around us is in chaos, and our backs are up against the wall. We don’t realize something is wrong because we are still functioning amidst the cracks. Moreover, we won’t be able to move forward or get the greatest benefits of our walks with God. We won’t be able to effectively and confidently make those calls out to God. So, let’s repent for allowing cracks in our spiritual foundation.

  • Let’s return to our first love
  • And read God’s Word daily
  • Meditate on God’s Word
  • Seek God’s Wisdom
  • Pray without ceasing
  • Praise God with a heart of gratitude
  • Put God first and pursue Him daily
  • Take every thought captive
  • Have a repented heart
  • And pray for God to reveal the root causes behind the sins we commit 
  • And commit to surrendering and obeying God
  • Love God and love others consistently

We won’t be perfect nor will our walk with God be perfect but our hearts can be undivided towards God and our spiritual foundations intact. If Jesus is definitely the chief cornerstone of the Body of Christ, then let’s allow him to be the chief cornerstone of our lives. Let not “He is the center of my life” be mere words, but a true representation of our lives.  

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 1 Peter 2:4-8

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27

Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; Proverbs 24:3

The M.I.A (Most Important Accessory) that a Christian should have in their possession is A Firm Foundation. This is something we don’t hang up or sport from time to time, but something we must wear daily, second by second, minute by minute. It is with a firm spiritual foundation that we can truly experience the life and freedom Jesus gave us as believers. We neither want to just function or just exist, nor do we want the cracks in our lives to run deep. Let us allow Jesus to repair those cracks now for He is the horn of our salvation.

Today’s Scripture: Remember Daniel

Today’s Scriptures: Daniel 5:1-13

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In this chapter we learn that Daniel may not be well-known by the new or now king. Yet, his actions and faith are remembered and continues to be a point of reference, source of help, and the thing that brings him before kings.  King Belshazzar saw something that has made the hairs on his neck stand up. He needs someone to make sense of what he just saw. The queen remembers Daniel and points out the gifts of this man of God. Now Daniel must go before the king and tell the king what God is saying.

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.  Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.  The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”  Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.  The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. “May the king live forever!” she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”  So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?

Daniel 5:1‭-‬13 NIV

http://bible.com/111/dan.5.1-13.NIV

The gifts God has placed in you will be remembered by others and take you before kings, but not for your glory. It is for the glory of God and for the benefit of others why God has given you favor, gifts, and someone to remember you. So stay faithful to God and trust Him to supply you with the grace and opportunities to glorify and represent Him.

Two-Sentence Thursday Prayer: Teach Us How To Pray


God is not impressed with our extensive vocabulary or how elegant we can sound with our words. Rather, He is looking for undivided hearts toward Him, true dependence upon Him, and daily communication with Him as well as relationship. With that said, we will take Thursdays and post Two-Sentence Prayers to pray. We pray we are sincere, yielded and responsive to the answers, love, and wisdom God gives us as a result of seeking Him wholeheartedly even in the simplest of prayers.


Ever feel like you hitting a dart board with air when it comes to praying? Or where did the joy go you once had when praying? Or how do you pray when you don’t have the motivation, let alone the words? Or how do you even pray effectively?

“This, then, is how you should pray:  

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”

Matthew 6:9‭-‬10‭, ‬12‭-‬13 NIV
http://bible.com/111/mat.6.9-13.NIV

Help us Lord to pray in faith, in Your holy name and with humility, reverence, thanksgiving, worship, repentance, petition and also intercession. And let the Holy Spirit as well as the desire to know You guide our prayers. Let our prayer begin and never end. Let us pray without ceasing.

Father,

Help us to commune with you and spend quality time with You. Moreover, help us to pray consistently and daily, from Your very heart, with sincerity, confidence and belief in Your Word as well as with Your strategies.
In Jesus’s name. Amen

Two-Sentence Prayer Thursday: God Loves You More

God is not impressed with our extensive vocabulary or how elegant we can sound with our words. Rather, He is looking for undivided hearts toward Him, true dependence upon Him, and daily communication with Him as well as relationship. With that said, we will take Thursdays and post Two-Sentence Prayers to pray. We pray we are sincere, yielded and responsive to the answers, love, and wisdom God gives us as a result of seeking Him wholeheartedly even in the simplest of prayers.

God loves us beyond measure. Real talk. There is nothing we can do to earn His love. He loves us no matter what. But life and people can make us feel that God doesn’t want anything to do with us or He has given up on us. Let today be a day of realizing, feeling, and reciprocating His love as well as administering His love to others.

Today’s Prayer:

Oh Lord,

You know the deep desires of my heart, the details of my thoughts, and you know what’s best for me. Bring into my life all according to Your will along with Your chastisement, Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, and Your hand for me to hold. In Your holy name, Jesus, amen!

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Have a blessed day,

From Fruitful & Fabulous

Two-Sentence Prayer Thursday: Steal, Kill, Destroy

God is not impressed with our extensive vocabulary or how elegant we can sound with our words. Rather, He is looking for undivided hearts toward Him, true dependence upon Him, and daily communication with Him as well as relationship. With that said, we will take Thursdays and post Two-Sentence Prayers to pray. We pray we are sincere, yielded and responsive to the answers, love, and wisdom God gives us as a result of seeking Him wholeheartedly even in the simplest of prayers.

Sometimes, we forget the devil has plans and seeks to fulfill his purpose too. His plans are evil; moreover, he is on the prowl and at work every day to steal, kill, and destroy lives, impacts, destinies, reputations, hope, you, resources, innocence, truth encouragement, relationships, and more. With the current division, racism, hatred, divorces, murders, violence, selfishness, greed, debt, and wicked agendas spreading throughout the land, there is evidence he is at work to fulfill his plans. But God!

As I am spurred closer to God, the Holy Spirit reveals areas of my life where the devil has stolen, killed, and destroyed. One thing the enemy has been attacking is my joy and peace of mind. I would ask myself, “as a Christian, if Jesus is on the inside of me, shouldn’t I bear His joy and peace no matter what is going on around me?” God led me to this very scripture (John 10:10) to meditate on and pray. His Word is a weapon and His Word cannot return to Him void.

John 10:10 states that the “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NLT http://bible.com/116/jhn.10.10.NLT

As I pray and meditate on His Word, I am believing it and believing that I will receive and walk in this from here on out.

Today’s Prayer:

Jesus, my big Brother, thank You that You came that I might have life, and that I might have it more abundantly, so help me to surrender to You and receive this life. I declare that everything that the devil has stolen, killed, and destroyed in my life be returned, resurrected, and restored in Your holy name.

Amen!

Please watch this short video, Little Red Riding Hood–The Big Bad Wolf

https://youtu.be/OtnoY4UEO0c

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Contributing Writer: Tannika Moore

Two-sentence Prayer Thursday: Help My Disbelief

God is not impressed with our extensive vocabulary or how elegant we can sound with our words. Rather, He is looking for undivided hearts toward Him, true dependence upon Him, and daily communication with Him as well as relationship. With that said, we will take Thursdays and post Two-Sentence Prayers to pray. We pray we are sincere, yielded and responsive to the answers, love, and wisdom God gives us as a result of seeking Him wholeheartedly even in the simplest of prayers.

Mark 9:23-25 states,

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Seems like an oxymoron right. How can you say you believe one minute but help my unbelief the next? Well think of it like this. Have you ever believed God for something, say like a bill getting paid; no one could talk you out of that belief? But when it came to trusting God and believing Him for your healing, you just couldn’t quite believe that your healing would manifest. Maybe you believed you were being punished and thought it wasn’t God’s will to heal you and/or maybe you didn’t meditate on God’s Word concerning His healing virtues and promises. This father mentioned in Mark 9 believed God yet doubt would creep in. However, Jesus was unbothered by His disbelief for death, sickness, and doubt are no match for God’s grace, mercy, Word, and power. Yet, we must allow our faith to be strengthened through God’s Word and prayer.

Today’s Prayer:

Father God,

Help my disbelief and break up the fallow ground in my heart. Purify my heart and strengthen my faith as I saturate in Your Word and seek You daily. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Living Life the Fruitful Way

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