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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Binding Depression

Depression can hinder a person from fulfilling his/her full potential. It can bring detriment to family members who watch their loved ones fall into this pit of a depressed state. When one loses hope, it can easily be a doorway to depression-a mental decline, a loss of interest, withdrawal. 

I know there is power in prayer and I want to pray against this spirit that not only has plagued people who are close to me, but I've had to cast it down, as well. I know that God sent his only Son so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. He wants us to be filled with love, joy, peace, faith, hope, and desire. So, let's stretch our hands to the screen today and pray against the spirit of depression and where two or three are gathered, He will be in the midst. Let's Pray...


Dear Father God,
We thank you for who You are. We adore You for being an all powerful and loving God. We praise you in the morning, noon, and evening. Wherever our foot thread, we ask that you be with us and show favor upon us. If there is anything that is in us that's not of You, we ask that it be removed right now, in the name of Jesus. Those things that we have done that may not have been pleasing or to the uplifting of Your kingdom, we cast them out and down right now. Thank You Lord for loving us despite anything we could have done or will do. You sent your Son so that we may be saved and be in peace. Let us grab a hold of that peace and not let it go. Let this day and everyday be a time to build, edify, and uplift Your Kingdom. We relinquish any man-made statutes and run after Your statutes. We know that Your Word never changes. We know that You can do anything but fail us. We trust You even if and when we don't know what the outcome may be. We know that ALL things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to your purpose. Let it be that anyone who persecutes us for Your sake, come into the true knowledge of You and gain their salvation. In the meantime, let no one speak against the Church and discredit the believers who are running after You.  

In Jesus' Name we pray.

Amen

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Flowers Now

I was scrolling through my phone and my finger miraculously landed on this picture. I know I probably posted a few weeks ago on Thanksgiving a snippet of the things I was thankful for. Well, three of them are right here in this picture.

You see my Daddy was my best friend (outside of Jesus) before I got married. He made sure my hair was done, took me to visit the college I attended, he visited me while I was in school. I remember crying the first time he and my baby brother pulled off campus the first day they moved me into my dorm room. Even when he would visit, I still shed tears at times, not because I didn't like school, but I missed my family, too. Once you get married, you and your spouse become one. So about 15 years ago, my husband became my best friend.

Every since I was a little girl, Daddy just knew when something was wrong with me, he could sense it in my voice. When I was selected as star student, my senior year in high school, I chose my star teacher to be my Daddy. Although my Dad never taught me formally in any of my classes, he taught for over 30 years and had a slew of students. However, he and my mom were my first teachers at home. So, he was my star teacher.

The picture below was from a couple of years ago when we (my husband, my son, and myself) packed up one Sunday morning to surprise Daddy on Father's Day by worshiping with him. He was so surprised and felt so glad we had come to worship with him. Well, I once had a teacher (Mrs. Cain) who said "give me my flowers while I'm living". That has stuck with me for over 20 years.

Fast forward 2 1/2 years later to today, my Daddy's health has declined from what it was in this picture and although roles have changed, I'm prayerful that God still performs miracles and that he will continue to send His angels to fill in the gaps to help me and my family care for Daddy. Miracles happen everyday. I'm still thankful in the midst of this change.

My prayer is that you and I will continue to give flowers now. "Flowers now" are those acts of kindness that can be done now to meet a need. Whether it's a hug, prayer, call, visit, helping relieve someone from caring for children, a loved one, or even feeding the homeless or providing a safe haven for the helpless. This World becomes better by doing!

Love you Daddy ~Nannie/LaKenyaπŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“