Are you committed to growth?

I remember a challenging phrase I came across that read, “Is your writing an interest or is it a commitment?”  This quote jumped off the page and stayed with me.

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I have been writing on and off for years, and when I tried to get back into it fully, I was stuck. I had this deep desire to write, but nothing was happening.  I knew something was off, and I was committed to finding out what was wrong.  In my search, I broke through.

I have started back up and am energized.

Being committed can apply to many areas of our lives.  If you are committed to Christ and to growing, there are a number of things you can do.  The main thing is prayer, read His word and spend time in His presence.  Also being faithful in your home church and joining cell groups is valuable.

Are you committed to your marriage?  How about  your personal life, to continue learning and growing in areas that may be new to you?

With writing, I am enthusiastic to pursue this walk, career and life journey. It won’t be easy, but I am willing to pay the price.

It’s the same with my relationships, specifically Jesus.   I give credit to Him as the desire to write came from the Lord.


I continue to learn, grow and change.  A friend once said to me, “The day I stop learning, helping and growing, is the day I’m dead.”

Is there an area in your life that needs to be recommitted, grow, change and learn?

Perhaps it’s a calling you left by the wayside, something you wanted to pursue but allowed fear in, or you just don’t  know how or where  to begin.

Where do you begin?

I challenge you to start right where you are.  Do something to start your journey to success. Take hold of your future,  and soon the pieces to the puzzle will fit and before you know it, you will be on your way.

Some ideas to consider:

    • Read books from those that have gone before you
    • There are a number of online courses that are available for your growth
    • The information you seek is only a click away
    • Change your habits, say no to distractions  (television is a great example)
    • Set boundaries on yourself, learn when to say yes, and when to say no

As the puzzle  begin to take shape, you will be motivated  and encouraged as you see yourself progressing towards your goal.

Go ahead, just start.  What do you have to lose?

Prophetic word – August

A few weeks ago I attended a  meeting and a prophetic word was given that I would like to share with you. I have permission from the person who gave this word.  I pray it blesses you.


In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh, I honor each person at this meeting today. You are men and women of truth that are destined to reign. You were called and sealed for such a time as this to flow and grow in your calling.

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You are heavily armed for combat and to defeat the enemy and his forces. You are people of the anointing to speak the truth and awaken the dry bones on those that have no hope. You are a generation of men and women that will fight the good fight, no matter the cost. You are men and women with a special DNA that transforms lives. You are men and women being transformed into the likeness of God´s own heart. 2 Corinthians 3:18

You are my bridge of hope. You are my righteousness. You are my apostles,prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, and generals whom I am raising up to build my church; and I don´t just mean my inner church, but also my church outside of the 4 walls.

Will you work with me? Let´s call back the lost generations of sons and daughters that do not know what they are doing. Shout and call them out of the caves. I need my people, and I need my army.

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Raise up your swords and ride with me. I have given each and every one of you swords with specific assignments, and it is written in each of your swords, take a close look. Put on your uniforms and come with me, together we are triumphant, I am not  riding alone, I am riding with my bride and we will conquer!

Writer’s block

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Do you ever ask God questions?  I do.   I asked Him  a question regarding writing in my  morning prayer and journal time.  The specific question  was about writer’s block.   I share my journal entry:

When you spend time with Me in the mornings, my spirit breaks down the writer’s block, and the creativity will flow throughout the day.

I share this because I have changed  certain habits in my life to help me fulfill my calling.  One of these habits was to become a morning person.  My prayer and journal time used to be in the evenings, late, where I was tired from the days’ activities.

I intentionally get up and spend time in prayer, instead of spending that extra hour in bed, journaling and reading the word.

Another life change I have made is to spend more time with friends.   I have discovered  a break to make that phone call,  going out for coffee or lunch would give me rest, and help with my writing.

It works.

I have also changed my ministry appointments.  My calendar was full all month to those needing prayer.   I now have free days for myself, friends,  family and for the Lord.

I have found for me to fulfill my calling, a change in my routine was in order.

As we change, grow and learn, our habits need to change.  It took me a while to understand that I needed some re-arranging to do, but I eventually got it.

It goes with any gift the Lord gives us.  We have to do our part to fulfill our calling, our dreams, our hopes, and desires.

It requires action.

When we take action and make necessary adjustments in our lives, we begin to see growth.

What habits have you changed to accommodate your growth in the Lord? Share them below in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

How to use your spiritual gifts

 

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Have you ever felt  you don’t have any spiritual gifts, that God has passed you by?  That is not true.   Once  we accept Christ as our Lord and savior, we are given spiritual gifts, and we are also given a measure of faith.

When we feel the Holy Spirit prompting us to do or say something, what is our first reaction? For me, it was doubt and insecurity. I doubted the gifts the Lord placed upon me and I could not trust.

I feared failure.

The  lies came in like a flood, and I believed every single one of them.

I believed the lie that said I will sound stupid, why are you going to speak, they will only ignore you.  You, a sinner? How could God possibly use you?  It took a long time for me to finally step out and trust God.

The change did not happen overnight; it was  gradual. The gifts the Lord gave me are pure, it was the vessel that was not. This vessel had some cleaning out to do.

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Who is the holy spirit?

Through the Holy Spirit,  we have the power to testify.  He  is the spirit of truth.  We have life and peace. He  gives us gifts to edify the church, and the spirit gives us liberty.

Now that we know this, how do we begin operating in our spiritual gifts?

Give it voice

Please open your mouth and speak.  Don´t do what I did. After it was all over,  then I would speak up. It was too late, and the blessing was robbed.

Step out in faith

When we feel a nudge inside our gut, a feeling, a sensation, a thought, that is the Holy Spirit speaking to us.

We will need to step out in faith, and say what came to mind.  Anything from the Lord will be words of encouragement and exhortation. There will be no correcting or rebuking.

Share with others

If you are unsure of what you are receiving, share it with a seasoned person. That´s ok, it does not mean that you are wrong, it just means you need some encouragement and reassurance.

What if you make a mistake?

Great! Now you know what NOT  to do.  You will avoid that mistake the second or third time around.  Making mistakes  is the only way you will grow in your gift , it is  our best learning curve and teacher.

What about  insecurity, the lies?

We all face the lies the enemy throws our way, and we need to identify them and  discard them. When I pray for people, one of the things I teach is how to discard the lie and replace it with the truth.

Speak the opposite of the lie.  Find scripture, or receive the truth from the Holy Spirit and speak it over yourself.

Hang out with like minded people

When you are stepping out in your spiritual gifts, look for those that are mature in the Lord. They will be more than happy to help you and pray for you. Spend time with them, have coffee, or just ask to meet with them so that you can evacuate your fears, doubts, and concerns. These people  love to help.

I enjoy very much encouraging those I see with a great potential and ending our time in prayer and exhortation.

As you grow and mature in the Lord, so will your gifts. But you must use them to increase your spiritual muscles. As you use your gifts, you will be surprised how the Lord will cause you to grow and mature.  Before you know it, you will be eating solid food.

Why I moved

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In learning about the craft of writing through my writers’ course, I have come to find out that  in order for me to begin my career as a Christian writer, I need to blog and create things around my name.

I had Fresh Wind Ministries for many years, and the name is dear to me and I wanted to update it and breathe life into it. I am now  moving  to new areas of my life.

We all face changes, and with each new change comes growth. I invite you to follow me to witness that change and growth, as I develop into my calling.   Also, you have permission to hold me accountable!

Perhaps this will inspire and challenge you to do the same.

Consider the call of God upon your life.  What have you been gifted with, are you in obedience to your gifts and calling?  If so,  you will be touching the lives around you, all pointing to hope.  If you are still unsure and have not stepped out yet, I encourage you to do so.  You will not be disappointed because you will have the best cheerleader on your side, the Lord Jesus Christ!