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Watch a portion of Rhovonda’s message: Condident Hope (12/27/20) 2021 is 5 days away. We’re getting ready to enter into a new year. I’m sure many of us have high expectations for 2021. Most of us are praying that 2021 will be better than 2020. However, just like we had high expectations for 2021 and looked forward to a new year of great things, we had those same expectations for 2020. This year was a year like never before. We had never seen anything like this. A shortage of

Happy Thanksgiving

“Today is Thanksgiving Day. What better day to give thanks to the One who has given us life? We have breath in our lungs. We’re not dead, but alive. Alive in Christ. In fact, every day is Thanksgiving because there’s always a reason to give God thanks. We have another day to give Him praise, adoration, and honor. That is the best reason to be thankful. Let’s not take this moment for granted, but take advantage of this beautiful day. With a grateful heart, let us say, “Thank y

What’s on your mind?

Good afternoon! Day-5 of #chroniclesofafiftyyearold This morning I walked 2.77 miles. What’s on your mind today? Unforgiveness? What if’s? Fear? Envy? Worry? Here’s what the Word of God says: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT Need more encouragement? Click the link in my bio for r

Stop Trying to Figure God Out

Day-6 #chroniclesofafiftyyearold “Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim

The Journey to the Finish Line

Philippians 3:12 (NLT) 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. In today’s passage, Paul shared with the church in Philippi about his freedom journey. In his transparency, the apostle let the Philippians in on his endeavor to passionately pursue Christ. I hear Paul saying: I press my way every day to reach the finish line. I s

Uncharted Territory

Some of us are walking new territories, uncharted highways. This place is unfamiliar to us. We’ve never done this before. Never seen it this way. Never been here. It’s all new to us. Maybe it’s a new career or a relationship. Perhaps you’ve moved to a new city or country. Joined a new church, began a new ministry or recently gave your life to Christ. Whatever new thing God is doing, it is unprecedented. My friend, this is a new season, a new path. Our lives have changed. Now,

Stop Searching!

God is our refuge and strength. He’s our very present help in time of trouble. He’s our hiding place. He’s our strong tower! He’s our hope for tomorrow! He’s our peace! He’s our way maker! He’s our source! He’s our healer! He’s our friend (Jn. 15:15)! He’s our encourager! He’s joy in the midst of sorrow (Ps. 30:11; Is. 61:1-3; Jer. 31:13)! During death, heartache, and sickness, He gives us joy, unspeakable joy (Jn. 16:20; 1 Thess. 4:13-14)! He’s our protection, our shield and

Too Heavy!

I had a long talk with the Lord. It was an intense conversation. I was mad, frustrated, tired, drained and feed up! He listened while I complained. He listened patiently as I criticized how things are not going the way I think they should go. He quietly listened to me sulk about how I’m tired of this and feed up with that. He tolerated my grumbling as I questioned, “When, Lord? How long, Lord? Why Lord?” He listened as I cried, “This is too heavy! It’s too much! I’m ready to

WWJD (Jesus over everything!)

I enjoy designing, wearing, and buying t-shirts that have cute, inspirational and Bible quotes and statements on them. Recently I purchased a white t-shirt with the statement on the front, “Jesus Over Everything.” Let me tell, I loved wearing this cute shirt with a nice pair of jeans, thinking I’m cute… until one day, in all my “cuteness”, the Lord caught me by surprised with some thought-provoking questions. In a moment, I’ll share with you what He told me. Afterwards, I was

Serving God

Matthew 5:11-12, NKJVBlessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. When we are experiencing those emotions and being attacked for our service to God, take courage in His Holy Word. Let us remind ourselves why we do what we do. Beloved, why do you serve God? I serve God because I love Him.

Deep Trust

When I was finding it difficult to accept an answer God had given, He brought me to one of my favorite Scripture passages, Proverbs 3:5-6. Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV) There is a specific type of trust (or faith) that the writer, King Solomon, is referring to in Proverbs 3:5-6. And that’s the kind of trust we need to have as followers

Today Choose Freedom

SPEAK THIS DECLARATION OVER YOUR LIFE: Lord, I choose freedom today. I choose to move forward from my past and enjoy a new day filled with fresh mercies. I choose to stay focused on You and not be bothered or distracted by what I see or hear. I choose to believe what You say about me, rather than what others (or myself) say and think of me. I choose to live free from comparing myself to others. I choose to embrace my uniqueness and resolve. I choose to see myself the way You

He is Faithful

I have a Heavenly Father who does see me. He knows me and knows what I’m going through. Not only does He see and knows, but He cares. He has not abandoned me; neither has He forgotten about me. He’s with me, always. Nevertheless, there are times when I find myself in a crisis and these feelings of uncertainty resurface. PSALM 42:9 Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God, “Why did you let me down? Why am I walking around in tears, harassed by enemies?” (MSG) PSALM 77:7-10 Has t

Committed

I’ve made a commitment to the Lord to be faithful to this devotional ministry. To be honest, it has been very hard, extremely hard. Some days I’m crying, some days I’m excited! Some days I’m angry, some days I’m rejoicing! Some days I’m discouraged and frustrated, while other days I’m inspired and hopeful! Whatever type of emotions or feelings you can think of, I experience them. Sometimes I feel burdened down with this assignment God has given me. Because I made a commitment

Figured Out

All of a sudden, the bus driver decided to change up on us. Instead of picking up the kids at the bus stop in that 4-7 minute window, she arrived whenever. And we had to be ready. So unpredictable. To make sure my son didn’t miss the bus, we had to leave the apartment extra early. Some days it was very frustrating for both of us trying to figure out if the bus had passed or if it was running late. JAMES 4:14, HCSB You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring — what your life

Christ Take Over!

I want to give a shout-out, encouragement, and send prayers to you who are ready to give up. I speak blessings upon you who are contemplating throwing in the towel. Are you ready to walk away because God has not removed that thorn in your flesh? Are you ready to give up because He has not taken away that sickness, handicap, weakness, difficulty, relationship or whatever it is that’s causing you hardships? I’m praying that you don’t quit. Would you believe that your suffering

Celebrate Each Step

When you walk, your steps shall not be hampered [your path will be clear and open]; and when you run, you shall not stumble. (Prov. 4:12, AMP) At the beginning part of the year, I decided to hang a large calendar on my file cabinet at work to help me stay organized. As a new month began, I would rip off the previous month, making it evidently clear that this year is not stopping for anyone. 2017 has zoomed by me so fast. I can’t keep up! Hello October. Goodbye November. Now,

Missed Opportunities?

No matter what, there are consequences to our actions. Whether we care or not, there is a reaction to every deed and consequences will follow. Looking out my window, one day at work, I saw men wearing large orange coats. On the back of their coats in bold letters read “HARRIS COUNTY JAIL.” With shovel in hand, the wet cold drizzled down on them. I felt bad for them and began to wonder how did they end up in the County Jail. I wondered what decisions did they make that costed 

Barrier Crushers

All of us struggle with something, and some of us have been struggling with that same thing for a long time. These struggles can be referred to as strongholds that keep us from seeing the true knowledge of God. Some examples of these strongholds are pride, low self-esteem, jealousy, fear, hatred, defeated or ashamed feelings, depressed, hopelessness, worrying, doubt, insecurities, addictions (of any kind), unforgiveness, condemnation, confusion, and unbelief. These are just s

Just Pray – National Day of Prayer

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love end