Plan A or Plan B ?

By Karynthia Glasper-Phillips

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21, NIV

Sitting in a meeting doodling a proposal for a sure project was crafted. The drafted proposal was presented to a few friends for review. They unanimously it endorsed success. Timelines and networking began. On the day of the launch, unsettledness hovered over me like a dark cloud. 

In attempt to understand what my heart was saying, I sat down to read the scriptures and pray. In reflection clarity was attained. I had not prayed about this project. The approval of man was sought not God. In the January 2019 blog the focused scripture was Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Is an initial consultation with God important?

How many times have you set out to complete a task and found yourself praying for God to accept your desired goals after the fact? Think about Abraham’s question presented to God in Genesis 17:18 “So Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael were acceptable to you!”” (CSB)

Submitting your ideas as you seek God’s will guarantees guidance for building sustainability for any plan in construction. Why consider a Plan B when Plan A is available? The purposes and plans for you are accessible.

In your creativity, marketing for any form of business, ministry or recreation pray, reflect and listen for the purpose of the Lord’s will the source of success. Consider, presenting your ideas to the Lord first.    

Prayer Focus: Lord, help us to be driven by your purpose and plan for our lives.

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Strategy for Successful Living

By Karynthia Glasper-Phillips

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” ~ Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has ended, and the first month of the New Year is generally the best (if not perfect) time to reflect upon assessing previous goals and plans and consider new ideas/activities, especially for those who view life as functioning in a competitive world that measures value by success.  Numerous “self-help” guides are promoted and sold, with steps guaranteeing success in nearly every venture (health, wealth, relationships, etc.). However, the bestselling book ever (the Bible) offers timeless principles that result in immeasurable as well as measurable benefits when implemented properly.

History has proven we can accomplish anything we imagine… remember the Tower of Babel?  So why are we surprised when the ingenuity and technology of man can draft and construct the unimaginable? My question is does man always consult God first?

There are many times in my life when I have prepared and executed plans, but later felt “swamped” in doubt regarding the ability or means to successfully complete the project.  Have you ever worried about having enough resources to pursue goals? What about more necessities such as food, clothing, and or shelter?  I have, especially when the process of “doing life” distracted my focus from my heavenly Father, who knows what we all need always. Let’s look further at ways to access the unlimited storehouse of blessings from our good Father, who in love and wisdom cares and provides for all His creation, even “the fowls of the air” and “the lilies of fields”.

What happens when my calendar is overloaded with many tasks? I miss private appointments with the One who is the greatest Supplier.

There are occasions when I discover that my relationship with God has been compromised. How? By missing too many scheduled “God and me” appointments, those times I intended to meet God in quiet spaces to nourish my spirit, mind and body, and align harmoniously with the will of God.  During achieving other personal, family, and professional goals, we can overlook the importance of maintaining quality time in our personal relationship with the Father.

Typically, when I am not in sync with the Holy Spirit life becomes imbalanced . . . sometimes filled with anxiety and weariness, which can open doors to confusion and chaos. This year, I would like to challenge you to practice the best strategy for successful living (by seeking God first each day, as Jesus did in Mark 1:35). Time spent in the presence of God is a direct link to a life that is constantly refreshed and full of joy, with clear discernment and direction that can guide you to accomplishing the unthinkable.

Although we are in a world filled with options beyond our imagination, consulting with the Creator first is most important to ensure we are in the will of God for our lives.

Jesus reveals the simple, yet profound approach necessary to receive daily needs/provision and other things we seek. In Matthew 6:25-34, He repeatedly told the disciples not to worry.  In other words, don’t allow the concerns of life to consume your mind.   Chronic worry leads us to do one of two things: operate independently (thinking we have the power to achieve in our own strength), or drown in fear. Both reactions are fueled by lack of faith.

When our thoughts and emotions are not fully yielded in the presence of God, worry produces anxiety which can affect our physical as well as spiritual and mental health affecting general well-being, inhibiting fruitfulness. Worry fragments the mind, depleting it of faith, hope and trust in the Father, and diminishes our sensitivity to the voice of God.

Instead of dwelling on past or current problems that you are unable to remedy, it is best to leave them at the altar, and focus on Bible reading, prayer, and worship. In sacred spaces, it is a safe place where we are reminded that God Is our Provider as we fully submit to Him.

Prayer focus:

During reassessment of your visions, goals, and resolutions include quiet spaces in your schedule to maintain your intimacy with God, who is the Creator, Provider and Sustainer of a truly successful life.  In these spaces, you are reaffirmed, negativity is silenced, and your insight into the will of God for your life is clarified.  Value your time with God more than tangible assets such as money in the bank and accolades… rest assured that He knows your needs and desires.

Lord, help us  to keep our appointment each day with  you as we serve, expand and accomplish the Unthinkable.

“With God, there’s always an appointed time for things, and when you put Him first, trust in His timing, and keep the faith, miracles happen!”
― Germany Kent

 

 

 

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A Little Heaven On Earth — Trinity Wholeness Ministries

It’s February and “love is in the air” a comment I heard amongst a group conversation. There is no question February brings value to relationships on Valentine’s Day and Awareness of heart disease a feature of the Go Red Campaign. They both present symbolism of love, care and compassion for a period of time. How […]

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A Little Heaven On Earth

It’s February and “love is in the air” a comment I heard amongst a group 45445-i am my belovedsconversation.   There is no question February brings value to relationships on Valentine’s Day and Awareness of heart disease  a feature of the Go Red Campaign.  They both present symbolism of love, care and compassion for a period of time. How can we foster the atmosphere of love?

45453-love-comes-from-godThis month I found myself preoccupied with many items on my schedule. One in particular was preparation for our church couple’s ball. I watched and listened to others shopping, discussing gift exchanges . . . it was like Christmas all over. It made me wonder what the world would be like if the same efforts of love were practiced everyday ,as expressed on holidays that symbolize love.  Sure there are different types of love; however, just imagine what the world would be like.  Would it be . . . heaven on earth?

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Today’s society need more love demonstrated to dismiss the effects of the works of the devil. Random acts of kindness will give our world hope and point many to Christ.  Extend  an hand of compassion  and  draw others with love and kindness. I challenge you to accept the invitation to love others as Christ loves you – unconditionally.inVITATION TO LOVE

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Hold Fast

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrew 10:23 NLT

It is exactly a year ago today, that I read Hebrew 10:23. I thought Lord, what are you saying?  During reflection my mind experienced a bobblehead motion; as I read the passage over and over with memories of 2017 flashing in my mind. The handwritten date on the page startled me and my head literally juddered like a bobblehead.  Yes, like the figurine with the disproportionately large head. It was as if my head  swiveled back and forth as if on a spring . . . at least that is what it felt like.

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The bobblehead motion resembles wavering of one’s faith in regard to trusting God.  You might be trusting God for a promotion, health and healing, for a spouse in crisis or the salvation of a love one. Perhaps, you are in a crisis or need to make a major decision.  Is your faith wavering in a bobblehead motion?  How often does your faith resemble a bobblehead figurine?

In 2018 keep a firm posture in faith. Remember God never fails.  Guard your heart with God’s word, which will strengthen your focus. The take home point is for you to  allow the  Word to prevent a state of doublemindedness. While your eyes remain on the prize, unlike a distracted bobblehead.  It is my prayer my dear brothers and sisters, that you stand firm.

Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the will and work of the Lord, because your labor will not be in vain (I Cor. 15:58 NIV).  God is at work.

 

 

 

 

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Self-Advocacy : Keys to Life

KarynthiaHearing the words “you have cancer” can almost knock the breath out of you. . . I know.  The memory is vivid as if it were today when I received the call with the biopsy report.  It was important not to become isolated, but to encircle myself with family and friends to help me remember the command in Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

There will be days you will only be able to meditate on segments of the passage.  For example, today it might be   “Do not be afraid” is resonating – hold on to it!  Perhaps, tomorrow and the day after you will reflect on” don’t be discouraged  . . . hold on.  If you are unable to read ask someone to play the scripture on the CD player.  Feed you faith to minimize fear and doubt.  Apply action steps to your faith.

Certainly, obtaining education, resources and support are essential to increase quality of life during the journey of cancer. Did you know?1 in 8In light of the statistics that state 1 in 8 persons will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, we must continue education beyond the officially designated month of  breast cancer awareness to encourage self-advocacy. (For more on self-advocacy watch video with Monica on Bridges CTN TV CH 39  see video below.)

The urgency is clear.  The statistics reveal that although more Caucasians are diagnosed, more African Americans die from breast cancer.  Support ongoing breast cancer community education, as early detection makes a huge difference in terms of successful treatment and saving lives.

Please continue to sound the alarm to encourage early detection with breast exams and mammograms, and to practice healthy lifestyle behaviors (organic/fresh fruits and vegetables in diet, regular exercise, and reading labels on cleaning and body fragrance/skin care products to avoid toxic content).

Be assured the presence of God is near you to travel with you on the journey of self-advocacy and restoration . Sisters, you are stronger than you think. You are not alone.  We are here, to be help you on this journey.

Prayer:  Lord, I submit those who are experiencing doubt, guilt confusion about their diagnosis that you would comfort  and encircle them with friends and family. Release strength to enable them to fight and take action toward self -advocacy.

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Don’t Quit!

By Karynthia A. Glasper-Phillips

Recently, I found myself discouraged, troubled and in a state of nearly fainting. Yes, it can happen to the best of us on this faith walk.  In a moment of silence, I was reminded of my hope in God.  The rekindling of my strength became evident as I reflected on the faithfulness of God.  I regained my footing on the solid rock , leveling my walk-in victory.

You might be feeling incapacitated, nearly knocked out during this season of your life . . . “Don’t Quit”.  My friends take a moment and become refreshed in Galatians 6:9 to prevent being weary in well doing: for in due season you will reap a harvest, if you faint not.  blog header play to win

Whatever, your struggle might be (family matters, finances, employer issues, discouragement, or health concerns) that is weighing you down remember the adversary is not after you – but your faith.  Don’t allow your situation(s) to force you to give up.

Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to rejuvenate you to become “strong in the power of God’s might” (Eph. 6:10). That scripture reminds us that we cannot survive within our own strength. So. lean into the presence of the most  high God.

If you have a task that appears insurmountable, perhaps too difficult to achieve. . . know that God has the blueprint. Consult the master, stop leaning on your own understanding and wait on the Lord.

In your waiting, be like an eagle and learn to fly above the storm instead of settling in the storm.

Don’t quit praying,

Don’t quit fasting,

Don’t quit believing,

Don’t quit confessing,

Don’t quit serving,

Don’t quit loving, and

Don’t quit trusting God.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” –Isaiah 40:31

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