Karmen Michael

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You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love  (via teenager90s)

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Faith!

Faith!

You are forgiven. God doesn’t call us to be perfect. he calls us to be-come whole. Forgive yourself, after all He has forgiven you.

You are forgiven. God doesn’t call us to be perfect. he calls us to be-come whole. Forgive yourself, after all He has forgiven you.

One thing you should know today:

You are chosen. So stop trying to be seen, noticed, or picked. You ARE already chosen. The world will realize it when you recognize it.

Friday: PROVISION

Provision is the manifestation of having pro-vision. When you have the right perspective, operate in peace, function in you purpose for this season, and are productive; you can expect daily provision to just show up. 

Provision does not always come looking like you expect. So, you will need to access your pro-bison to recognize and utilize it. Look at the Isrealites. God used Moses to deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh. While in the desert, they prayed for water. God provided water. They prayed for meat and God provided meat and bread. They recognized the quail but did not recognize the manna. The manna was a small flake-like thing. It was their bread. And for forty years God provided manna, daily. That is why we pray, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” What we are praying for is daily provision. Our daily portion is just for today. We have faith that God will provide for tomorrow, when tomorrow arrives. 

The Isrealites were commanded to take only what they could eat. They were told not to save it. God desires to provide for us. But we must make sure that we are savoring the manna and not saving it (operating from a place of lack) Saying, “I’m never going to be provided for again.” “This is my last twenty dollars.” God’s provision is infinite and if He can provide for the Isrealites for 40 years, He can and will do the same for us. 

Ask yourself: Could someone else do more with what I have? Could I be looking at my help as a hindrance?

Today I pray that you have the pro-vision to recognize and fully utilize all of God’s provisions in your life. For when we use what we have, God can provide more. After all, we are connected to the True Vine, and membership has it’s privileges. 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Thursday: PRODUCTIVITY

We are commanded to be productive; to produce. Production is a sign of the God in us. Having the right perspective, operating in peace, and functioning in this season’s purpose; you are set to be productive.  God created the Heavens and the Earth; and He created us. We have Divine and Creative DNA within us. So we should show some signs.

Look at your family. You look and act like relatives that are not your parents. Why? When you are connected by blood there are signs of your lineage. This is the same as in the Kingdom. When you have been blood washed, there should be some visible signs. No, not that you will be or act perfectly. Perfection is the call of religion, not of God. God calls us to become whole. The God sign is productivity

God looks for the power of His words in those that profess them. He knows that His word is powerful, and if you have powerful word in you, you should “be-come” powerful. To profess God and not be productive makes us hypocrites. That is why Jesus cursed the fig tree. Not because He was hungry, but because it was not producing. It was rooted in the ground, sucking up nutrients and basking in the sun, yet it wasn’t producing. It was wasting it’s resources and it’s space. And God hates waste!

So today, I pray with you and for you that you may make full use of your resources. I pray that you take hold to every opportunity and walk through every door. I speak against fear, doubt, division, and confusion. I speak against the spirit of being busy and I declare productivity. I pray that you show the signs of the God in you. I pray that you bear much fruit in All areas of your life. I pray, from this day forward, that you are productive. 

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. 

Genesis 1:28

Affirmation: I am connected to the all of God, and I am productive in all areas of my life. 

PURPOSE

WEDNESDAY: PURPOSE

Just as you grow and evolve, so does your purpose. What God required of you 10 years ago may no longer be needed. Have you checked in with The Master Planner to see what He requires of you in this season of your life.

You may be working at the wrong place, in the wrong field. You may be providing financial support in a place where emotional support is needed. Take the time to make sure that there is a demand for what you are offering. Make sure that your PURPOSE is in alignment.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… Ecclesiastes 3

use as much as needed

use as much as needed

PEACE

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 (NIV)

Yesterday we learned the importance of having a spiritual perspective as opposed to a carnal one. Carnal like carnivore meaning meat or flesh. Today, PEACE is on our plate. 

Imagine being sent on a vacation to Hawaii. You are on an airplane, in first class, when you get a phone call that says there are two people on the ground arguing. You wouldn’t tell the pilot to land so you could get involved. You would put on your headphones, recline your chair, and enjoy the view. That’s the peace I am talking about. 

Today, I pray that you maintain a higher perspective. I pray that you see  that you don’t need to fight, turn-up, or join the chaos around you. I pray that you stop trying and resist the urge to correct or fix those around you. Focus on you and your Heavenly (above) assignment; and enjoy the view. I pray, with and for you, that you trust God to be God, and operate in His peace. That blessed assurance that God has your back. He always has and always will.  Go in peace.

-Amen

PERSPECTIVE: 

Don’t lose focus! Keep your PERSPECTIVE (set your sight) on things above, not beneath. 

Colossians 3:2  (MSG)

He Is Your Life
3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

PERSPECTIVE:

Don’t lose focus! Keep your PERSPECTIVE (set your sight) on things above, not beneath.

Colossians 3:2 (MSG)

He Is Your Life
3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

rip Joan Rivers

rip Joan Rivers

This exceptional work of light, literally sought me out. It kept appearing before me all summer and I finally submitted to reading it. 

It is Spirit and it is Life. If you haven’t read it, bless yourself and do so. It hasn’t sold over 65 million copies by accident. It’s AMAZING!

This exceptional work of light, literally sought me out. It kept appearing before me all summer and I finally submitted to reading it.

It is Spirit and it is Life. If you haven’t read it, bless yourself and do so. It hasn’t sold over 65 million copies by accident. It’s AMAZING!

What are you coming to be?

What are you coming to be?

Turn Down For What?

Growing  up, my mother required that my siblings and I do things around the house.  We were the butlers. We answered the door and made glasses of kool-aid. We were the maids. We cleaned rooms and washed dishes. We were dry cleaners. We washed and ironed our clothes. We were gardeners. We mowed and racked the lawn. We were cooks. We made edible meals that the entire family could eat. We were well acquainted and successful at these tasks by the time we entered our teens. But not only were we required to perform these tasks; we were required to perform them with a smile. It did not matter if we wanted to, nor did it matter if it felt like it. It wasn’t punishment. It was my mom’s way of teaching us gladness.

Gladness characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances. As I observe the world around me, I see a lack of gladness. Everyone  appears to be mad, more often than not. The type of gladness that says, “I love you” and shows it. The type of gladness that takes direction without eye rolling, lips smacking, head hanging, foot stomping, hand clapping, or mumbling.  I fear that we are simply angry-in-waiting; reacting to life. We are ready to turn up at any moment about anything. Service with a smile is not slavery. It’s submission. It is submitting to a mission greater than yourself. 

A few years back I worked in the corporate sector. I was in a meeting with some senior executives when a question was asked about the department I worked in. Being the only representative from my department, I answered. Eyes rolled and the woman behind me mumbled, “who does he think he is” loud enough for me to hear. I could have lashed back at her. BUT, I was the only rep from my department, I was the youngest in the room, and I was the only person of color present. I chose… I chose to continue smiling and answer questions as they arose. Why? Because of my home-training. We served in our home with gladness, and it taught us to serve outside our home in the same manner.

I am not saying that I get this right, all of the time. I am not saying that you should accept harsh treatment. What I am saying is, sometimes, gladness is a powerful and mature reaction. We don’t have to rsvp to every fight or argument we are invited to. We don’t have to turn up, every time we feel like it. That is what the Bible calls childish. 

It takes maturity to bite your tongue. It takes maturity to think about more than how we feel. It takes maturity to reason that everyone is not talking about you nor are they out to get you. Turn down for what… because I’m GLAD to. 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 

- I Corinthians 13:11