Three-In-One Invaluable Truths to Rising Up & Reinventing Yourself – (Pod)Casting Potential – Episode 27



 

Is there something in your life you wish were different? You can’t change the past, but with some BIG help, you can certainly impact your future! In episode 27, find out why you’re…

  • no longer are under the burden of unwanted obligation!
  • free to live a life you never thought, or always wished, you deserved!
  • prepared to envision and manifest a renewed outlook for you!

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. The Prayer That Can Change Your Life (Mentioned at the end of this episode as Step 1 of 2 steps)
  3. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International

(Pod)Casting Potential – Find Your Flawsomeness – Part 1 of 4 of Dare to Don Your Different!

 

 



 

 

In this first segment of Dare to Don Your Different – 4 Part Series, episode 20 of (Pod)Casting Potential, I talk about seeing some things that makes you different from others, even if they are flaws, as an Awesome thing, from a God point of view! You will hear…

  • Why what makes you different “up’s” your value
  • How it stretches you beyond what you currently limit yourself to
  • What enables you to facilitate significant shifts in the environments around you

 

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. Have question(s) regarding topics discussed in this episode? You’re welcome to Ask Coach LuKeisha!
  3. Claim your Complementary One to One coaching consultation!
  4. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!
  5. Full story about Mr. Joe Frappolli:

    Frappolli, C. (n.d.). The Abilities of People with Disabilities. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/news/insights/cfrappolli-the-abilities-of-people-with-disabilities.htm

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

(Pod)Casting Potential – Want To Know 3 Significant Keys To Happiness?

 

 



 

 

Listen to episode 19 to hear a blessed special announcement, and discover 3 keys to happiness, unlocking your ability to:

  • Joyfully take on responsibility without fear
  • Contribute healthfully to relationships
  • Embrace peace and take on the waking day confidently and boldly

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. Have question(s) regarding topics discussed in this episode? You’re welcome to Ask Coach LuKeisha!
  3. Claim your Complementary One to One coaching consultation!
  4. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

Try Just 4 Things, Consistently, When It Feels Like God’s Not Hearing You

 

Through the storms of life.
Through the winds and rains.
Through the confusion and strife.
Through the floods of pain.
Through the stripping away of all that you knew.
You’re left wondering what to do.
It almost feels like it’s more than you can bear.
But know it’s not, because despite, what it looks like,
God is still there.

 

Like David in Psalms 22:1, you wonder “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” But, I want to encourage you, that despite the chaotic sounds of the happenings around you that can make it quite difficult to hear that still small voice which indicates the presence of The Lord, He is still there. Whether it was a literal storm, the whirlwind battle with illness, a bitter cold fall out with a partner or family member, God is there. According to Psalm 139:7,9 MSG “Is there any place I can go to avoid Your Spirit? to be out of Your sight? If I climb to the sky, You’re there! If I go underground, You’re there!” Beloved, there’s no getting away from Him! You are not alone! God is there!

Yes, you’re tired. Tired of feeling abandoned. Tired of feeling too helpless to do what needs to be done. Tired of being misunderstood. This, however, is the very time to forget and forgive the people who disappointed you, never give up on life, but instead look up to God. So, I’d like to offer you a few tips on looking up to God, a little differently than how you may have been doing so up to now. You may have been crying out to Him, and not hearing Him, but here’s the thing… you haven’t been able to hear Him through the screams of fear, nor see Him through the streams of tears. Yet, God is there. And, once you receive His peace that only He can give, quieting the storms within you, He will L.I.F.T. you up. The first thing you can do is allow yourself to…

Let it All Out

Yes, He already knows everything about you, how you feel, what you think, and the words you will say before they cross your lips. Regardless of Him knowing everything, just let it out. Know that because He knows everything that He already has the comfort, healing, strategies, and solutions you need in your situation. All of the things that He will reveal to you in due time. Express your hurt & pain, the raw vulnerable sensitivities of your heart. Respectfully let Him know what you’re feeling. Tell Him why you think you feel it. Ask Him for what you think you need. Let the pressure that’s building within you out in that safe place with just you and Him. He wants to hear you, so God is there. And, then you’ll be relieved to rest quietly in His presence as you…

Invite Him Near

James 4:8 says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you…” Beloved, it’s ok to admit to God that you need Him. There’s nothing wrong with asking Him to come near, not just to solve your situation, but to help you to feel His presence. Now, you may be wondering that if He’s really already there, why do you have to ask Him to come near? Because God is like a watchful parent, who watches their children when they aren’t even noticing. The children are off doing their own thing, and have yet to take a break to talk to The Father. Sometimes we can look and see that our parent is at the window looking out at us, but we are either too far or too distracted by the noise of what we are immersed in, to hear what the parent has to say. Drawing closer to Him will help you to experience God’s presence that you know is there, but can’t seem to currently feel.

A time may come when you have no idea what to say to “let it all out.” That’s ok too. For Romans 8:26,27 reminds us that “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” This is a blessed benefit of being in the presence of God. That even when you have no idea what to say, maybe you have no idea why you feel the way you do, the Holy Spirit can stand in the gap for you until you reach a new level of clarity in your heart. He will give you strength and strategy; restoration and resolution; and empowerment for endurance. Ask Him to let you experience His presence, since God is there. It also helps to bless The Lord at all times, including the tough ones, when you…

Fascinate in His Glory

Circumstances good and bad, come and go. They change with the shifting winds. They are up and then down. They are stable and then chaotic. God, on the other hand, is a steady Rock. James 1:17 tells us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.” The presence of God is a gift that embodies gifts! And, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What this means is that despite the bitterness of our experiences, it’s possible to still praise the sweetness of The Lord; acknowledging Him for who He is, what He’s done, and what He can do. Because what you go through doesn’t and can’t change how wonderful and awesome the keeper of our souls truly is. Seeds are planted to reap a harvest of joy when you proclaim His name to others, but this is also so when no one else is around to give you renown. Thank Him for being with you, because God is there. Because when you truly worship The Lord, it’s never in what have you done for me lately, but it’s simply trusting in Him with sincere acts to…

Trace His Goodness

There’s a popular phrase that says “Trust God when you can’t trace Him.” I would like to give you a shift in perspective, however, that will help you to always trace Him. To trace someone is, not just to follow where they are going, but to also see where they have been. Beloved, God has left an impeccably impressive trail of His good works that He’s done for others! Many in His Word, The Bible, but also in the testimonies of some others around you. Many will be in the past. Some may be recent things God’s doing for others. They can remind you of how good and faithful God is, and not just for them, but for you too! Remember His faithfulness, because God is there.

 

Whatever it is you are going through. Whatever has you feeling let down. God can L.I.F.T. you up. Let it all out, bearing your heart to Him. Invite Him near and His presence will calm your fears, and incrementally turn your sorrows into Joyful tears. Fascinate in His Glory with praise and worship, because God is good all the time and all the time God is good. And, you will see this as you continually Trace His Goodness. The more you do this, beloved, the more you’ll begin to recognize and experience His hand of favor upon your life, even during trials. The more you will trust Him. The more you will realize that He is true and faithful to His Word where He says in Hebrews 13:5, “…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Then you will be able to say, as stated in Hebrews 13:6 “…with confidence, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid…” Because, you are not alone, beloved! God is there!

 

May The Father, who loves you more than you can ever imagine, help you to sense His love that is so high and so wide around you. May you embrace within your heart that His love is a love that “… neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate [you] from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39) I pray that The Lord gives you His peace that surpasses all understanding, and will guard your heart and mind in Jesus so that you will gain and maintain a mind and heart of Christ no matter the happenings around you, helping you to overcome every challenge in your path. May He LIFT you up in the lightness of His Spirit, inspiring you to say on each new day in which His mercies are new, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” (Psalm 23:6)

In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

(Pod)Casting Potential: 4 Practical Tools You Don’t Know You Have or Forget to Use – 4 Part Series

 



 

 

In episodes 14-17 of (Pod)Casting Potential, discover how you’re equipped RIGHT NOW to:

  • Be Victorious in the Good Fight of Faith
  • Live in Audacious Authority
  • Take Back Your Territory
  • Walk in True Freedom

 

And, after all of that, there’s more for you:

  1. Have question(s) regarding topics discussed in this episode? You’re welcome to Ask Coach LuKeisha!
  2. Claim your Complementary One to One coaching consultation!
  3. To invoke the Power of Prayer in Unity, please go to my Prayer Request page, and I’ll be happy to stand in agreement with you!
  4. Article to read more about the Study Finds Solar System’s Water Is Older Than the Sun

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

How to Know When to Let Go

A pursuit at holding onto something or someone you’re afraid of losing. Endeavors to attempt to regain something or someone you’ve lost. Efforts at trying to obtain something or someone you’ve never had but desire. These are all areas wherein the question that arises, after a long quest of trying, is: when is it time to let go? This may sound a little pessimistic to some, but one thing I hope you’ll appreciate is that God loves you too much to leave you on what may be a dead end road. So, hang in here with me the rest of the way, and may God open the eyes of your heart to be enlightened by His illumination of the blessings He has stored up for you. As hard as it is to let something or someone go, when it comes to what God has waiting to give you, once your hands are free, and though you may not be able to fathom it now, it will result in being the greatest thing you’ve ever done.

It can be common to feel overwhelmed, desperate, anxious, and irritable because what you’ve longed for seems like it will never happen. It can zap your energy, enthusiasm, and self-esteem, making you want to throw in the towel on everything. But, I want to let you know that two things you should never give up on are LIFE and GOD! Despite what may not be working for you, God has something greater for you ahead both right here in the land of the living and for eternal life beyond.

We know that with God all things are possible, right? So, why even consider when it’s time to let something or someone go? Because, unfortunately in the realities of life filled with the invigorating and the disappointing, it is possible to have faith for the wrong things. Unfortunately, when this happens, and faith seems not to work like a person thinks it should, I’ve seen them give up on God. This is a tragedy, when it really wasn’t anything wrong with God, who He is and how He works. It’s simply a misunderstanding of who and how He operates in our lives.

It’s helpful to begin with knowing that God is a God of progress and of growth. He is a God that provides increase. What this means is that because we are created in His image and likeness, we too, are beings whose lives undergo a growth process for progress towards all we’re created to be. Every butterfly had to once let go of its caterpillar stage to increase its ability of movement with flight. The dragon fly lets go of what’s not working for him anymore by positively responding to the pressures of a shell that’s too small by breaking through it to free his increase. No, these transitions of letting go aren’t easy. Have you ever really looked into the process of a butterfly’s metamorphosis? Before it has any view of how its future will be, within the cocoon its essence is broken down into liquids to begin the process of becoming that butterfly. Yes, it’s painful to feel like letting go will break you down. But, it’s taking you towards an authentic essence of who you are, making and molding you, to prepare you for the beautiful outcome that’s in front of you! Beloved, whatever it is you’re holding onto, it may be a shell that’s too small. It may be a stage & season of your life that’s beneath the level you are suppose to be soaring at… if only you will let go.

Now, I’m intentionally saying, “it may be…”, so how do you truly know if it is time to let go? You can begin by checking to see if you and God are on the same page.

Match of Wills Prevents Stand Stills

First & foremost, like a child wanting a cigarette verse a frozen yogurt popsicle, what you desire to achieve and receive is affected by if it is in the Will of God for you. This is not to say that what is in the Will of God will be easy to obtain or maintain. As a matter of fact, that is so far from the truth because the enemy will oppose almost every move you make, attempting to block you from doing what God destined you to do. There’s a way, however, to determine whether or not what comes against you is God saying no. Or, if He’s saying yes and it’s the enemy trying to block you.

If somehow you ended up outside of The Father’s desires for you, you’ll notice He’s lovingly corrective. In addition to that correction, you will look back in hindsight, seeing that He has already previously given you several warnings before hand by informing you with needed knowledge to enable you to make the wisest decisions. In these cases, in which you are chasing what is not in God’s Will for you, you’ll find yourself noticing and accurately saying more often than not; “It’s not working.” In sincerely seeking His heart’s desire for you, if you’re noticing these things: Let Go. He has something better for you!

In contrast, when you’re faithfully following God’s design, the enemy uses things like slander, deceit, gossip, and manipulative trickery to hold you back from what you are pursuing. If you find this is the case, remember God is Sovereign and all powerful and never needs to fight dirty to get you to do what He wants you to do! So, HOLD ON TIGHT, IN FAITH! Whatever it is for you, that God wants you to do, DO NOT DROP THIS! The Lord is truthful. He will not tell you something then change His mind. And, as does a proud parent, He will often confirm the good steps you take in pursuing your endeavors.

Right Means to an End, End Rightly

Since He is a God of Righteousness, He will not approve of steps taken in deceit or underhandedness. As you walk with Him according to His leading, you will receive Divine assistance, from God and the Angels that do His bidding. In other words, He will guide you towards taking righteous actions towards what you are pursuing. And, He will keep you safe from harm, comfort you, and encourage you when the challenges from the enemy seem insurmountable. If you are considering or actually pursuing something using means that are against the Will of God, that opportunity is not for you: Let go.

Reasons Affects Seasons

Your “Why” is BIG! Intentions are important to God. Your right motives, motivates God. Your heartfelt desire to help others. Your sincerity that if the person had none of that external stuff, you’d still love, protect, & care for them because of the goodness within them. Intentions, that clearly say, “God, this for Your Glory and not mine.” These types of respectable motives will move God to begin to move His Hand of Favor over your situations, moving out the dividing tactics of the enemy.

James 4:3 tells us that when we ask God for something, there are times, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” At times one’s personal desire is to be seen in a good light, to look good. To be perceived as prestigious, monetarily blessed, successful, or well liked. Sometimes, it’s to appease desires of what a parent wants for you instead of what God wants for you. God gave you a creative talent that spurs you to want to be a film producer, but they insisted you go to medical school and become a doctor. Or, you’re pursuing a relationship, not because a genuine love and appreciation exists for the nature of the person’s heart, but the money they may make, the recognition they achieve, or the connects they have could boost your status. Thus, the struggles and obstacles mount. In these cases, your motives calls for a personal reflection with God so you can begin to see yourself as He sees you, which is you’re; significant, talented, and complete in Him, therefore you need not seek it anywhere else but on the inside of you! So, Let go.

Non-Stop Rise to the Top

At times, in pursuit of things, we can make mistakes, and end up in very unsavory situations. Possibly, you had right intentions to enter into a partnership, but later realized it was a mistake. Maybe, an unfortunate occurrence happened because you forgot to consult with someone on your team or seek God’s thoughts on the situation, and you or others took actions, that produced undesirable results, without pertinent information. Or, you’ve survived the worst of a personal romantic encounter, but now know it was never supposed to be. Regardless of how the mishap happened, all is not lost. We serve a merciful God who can, and is faithful to, work good out of your mistakes! There only needs to be a willingness to let Him help you. Secondly, all the regret, guilt, or shame, only holds you back, and has no place once you give Him your ashes to allow Him to turn them into a crown of beauty, so hand them over to Him: Let go.

What I’m about to refer to next, I’m sure you have heard several times; let go of past hurts. There is never a good reason to hold on to them. As a matter of fact, the plans of God for your life, once you focus on them can help you to move forward in saying as Paul did in Philippians 3:13, “…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead”. It’s easier said than done, as you still holding onto that anger towards those involved, and feel like your life will never recover. But that’s a lie from the pit! Let me tell you, beloved, thinking like that drains power from you and puts it right into the hands of the enemy. Understand, that when you yield to God, allowing Him to lead you, to heal you, to redeem you, no disappointments, no let downs, no mistakes can stop you or hold you down. You can still rise above the storm clouds that put a dreary overcast of your life in your eyes. Put down the desire to ruin someone else’s life because you think they ruined yours. Because that kind of pursuit is what would actually ruin your life. Trust that anything you’ve lost, God never made it a significant part of your future. It was in your life for a reason for a season. Then, you’ll begin to notice a relief come upon you as you: Let go and move forward.

Maybe this has helped you to confirm that you’re right on point, to hold on to all that is right for you. And, that is certainly my prayer for you. But, if you realize that you’re holding a part of your life in a cage, Let Go. Because you deserve the hopeful future that’s Divinely stored up waiting for you. You can start to align your will with Gods, letting go of anything opposite. Ensure the ways you achieve your desires have respectable means to an end, releasing methods that are actually holding you back. Secure your future with motives that motivates God to release blessings into your life, letting go of any that blocks blessings. And, remember when including God in your life, no matter what’s happened before, you can still ride with Him non-stop to the top, letting go of the past.

To evaluate a bit deeper, when you have more time to contemplate, here’s something to help you determine what or who you may need to Let Go. All questions may not apply to you, but the one or more that may, can begin to produce great breakthroughs for you!

  1. How does the endeavor or person you’re pursuing, or attempting to keep, fit into God’s Will for you?
  2. What are your motives for pursuing that goal or that person? Why do you want it/him/her?
  3. In your actions taken to achieve your desired outcome, how has each action encouraged, enhanced, nourished, and protected others involved?
  4. Without wishing for the restoration of what was good before the mistake or disappointment happened, how would you like to see your life improve from this point forward?

As you begin to prayerfully do this, being transparently honest with yourself and God, and Let Go of all that is unnecessary, I’m believing your latter days will be greater than your former!

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

Find Out Why It’s Good the Good News Can Be Offensive

offended-faces-couple436x245The renowned award winning actor, Denzel Washington commented on the news the media puts out. Apparently, he was the main character of a fabricated news story about his political interest in the 2016 presidential election. Being interviewed, this time directly, by a news journalist, he made a very clear comment. Putting voice to his thoughts that too often, whether good or bad, news stories are released by the media to quickly appeal to the masses. They shove, to their viewers/listeners, what they think people want to hear, regardless of whether it is authentic or not. Further Mr. Washington asserted that released news stories should be “true”. And, being a follower of Christ, I agree with him. But, it triggered another thought in me, that frankly, The Truth can, and at times must be, offensive. Yet, this kind of offensive that I’m referring to is rewarding, it’s cultivating, it’s freeing; all gained by overlooking an offense.

“A personʼs Wisdom yields Patience; it is to oneʼs Glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 NIV

The above stated verse is written and often used in the context of one having been wrongly offended, encouraging the reader or hearer to let the offense go, and to forgive the offender. That is an absolute correct usage of the verse, without doubt. However, I would like to open another perspective to you. Let’s start by looking at a few definitions of offense. The typical one we are familiar with is, according to the American Heritage Desk Dictionary: “the act of attacking or assaulting”, whether that be verbally or physically. That kind of offense is not kind, and should be dealt with accordingly. But, there is another among other definitions, that categorizes offense as being; “a violation of a moral or societal code.” In the light this definition shines, let’s learn a little from Jesus why sometimes the Good News needs to be offensive to cast challenges for constructive change.

“As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 9:33 KJV

The Rock, as you may already know, refers to Jesus, but Him being described as an offence isn’t what you might consider one being “offensive” may be. He isn’t rude. He isn’t insulting. He isn’t physically aggressive. He isn’t insensitive to say things to others that He shouldn’t. Growing in wisdom and stature, after He was gifted to us on that very first Christmas, the Truths Christ taught were so opposite of the world’s that His own people rejected Him, religious leaders hated Him, and politicians sought to take His life. Some truths shake up the status quo. Some peel back the illusion of reality, opening eyes to a light that at first hurts so much, for some, that it’s tempting to ignore it by forcefully keeping their eyes closed. It offends people when the Truth is told that their stepping outside of their marriage for fleeting pleasure is unacceptable. It offends a white collar business person to be told that their deals should not be unequal in weight, favoring their side. It offends a state or national leader that they shouldn’t operate in lies, bribes, & incriminating video tapes. It offends a spiritual leader when told they should practice what they preach. Jesus often included these kinds of teachings, even unafraid to speak Truth to those in power. And, when heard by those who could not let it fly, because the correction “did” apply, they got offended.

Jesus, often times, violated ungodly morals, which are rules or habits of conduct that are not right or beneficial to anyone, in personal, professional, or political arenas. Due to the superficial values and inflated man-made laws that took advantage of people, Jesus presented an upset to the social codes, with new and freeing ways of living life, according to the Kingdom of God. He spoke Truth to the masses, and never backed down from speaking it to those who had riches, fame, power, and titles. Though He told the Truth in love, He had no fear of man. For when you are sent by God and you walk with His Spirit, as Psalm 118:6 ISV says, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can people do to me?”

Even after Jesus’ Crucifixion, with the Apostles carried Jesus’ teachings forward, as every Christian is called to do, and they too faced similar opposing reactions from many. We also need not be afraid, as Matthew 5:10 NIV states, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Embodying the Holy Spirit, we must be cautious not to choose to grieve Him by standing in the face of evil and keeping our mouths shut, enabling what should be disabled, and thus propagating the works of the enemy throughout the various environments in society. I read a quote of an unknown author once that said, and I paraphrase; It’s not that there is an increase of violence in the world, but instead an increase in silence.

Now, let’s not get this twisted! I’m not promoting that we should be the “bad” kind of offensive to each other.  Instead though, to offend without offense meaning truth is spoken without breaking down the person because you speak against the problem act, the problem thinking, giving the person a chance to ultimately become part of the solution. As Ephesians 4:29 NIV says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” In order to build up the person or people doing the wrong and to build up those their actions may break down, we must speak the Truth at the risk of being offensive to their worldly way of thinking and behaving. Here’s the flip side to that though… sometimes “YOU” will be the one being offended in this way! Why? Because none of us are perfect at all times, and the words from our brothers and sisters in Christ that are aligned with the heart of God will offend our fleshly ways. But you only need to “overlook” it. And, no… that doesn’t mean what you may be thinking!

In this case, it’s not to overlook this kind of “good” offense as a way to ignore it. The American Heritage Desk Dictionary has additional definitions for Overlook as, “to look over from above”, for example, an elevated spot that affords a broad view.  Let me tell you, God wants to take you higher!  In situations like these, take the high road to show Him you are faithful over a little!  Another definition is, “to look over, examine”. So, for you to overlook an offense that is based on the Good News because it’s good for you, it’s to STOP yourself from reacting negatively. DROP the urge to lash back.  Prayerfully ROLL what the person is saying over in your mind to understand how it applies to you, what changes need to be made, and if needed, what kind of help or support you need to change it.

To practice doing this on a regular basis, will give you wise knowledge that in turn yields patience. It gives you inner peace & peace with God. Providing you, an increasing freedom that comes with more exercised discretion regarding matters that arise in your life. Additionally, doing this begins to create a more kind environment to live in.

The overall goal, to be vessels of The Lord, is not to be politically correct, but instead strive for correct politics; not to resort to saving face, but instead face someone to save them from undesirable consequences; not to comfort what should be confronted, but instead to confront then comfort in love.  Because as we learned as children wanting candy instead of vegetables, sometimes what doesn’t taste good, what doesn’t feel good, what doesn’t sound good, is often the True GOOD that does the Best GOOD!

 

 

Lukeisha H. CarrLove you with the Love of God!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

Post Election – Soothing for Sorrowful Souls

american-flag-faces436x245In the aftermath of our nation’s 2016 presidential election night and intertwined through the shouts of chanting cheers “let’s make America great again”, there are murmurs in the hearts of people saying, “what’s going to happen to America? What’s going to happen to us?”  These are questions many are asking, not only in the boundaries of our nation’s boarders, but also abroad. Some are in distress for feeling embarrassed that this choice was made by the American people. Disheartened and disenchanted from the illusion that has been blown away by the harsh winds of the campaign revealing the hidden sores of bigotry, hatred, division, and disrespect, it’s important and soothing to the sorrowful soul to understand that there is still hope.

In spite of truth revealed, we must not let our hearts trouble us.  Proverbs 29:25 states “fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” So, don’t go into self imposed exile into other countries, running away from what looks to be the worse outcome.  Let’s not deny the power of God that can exponentially strengthen us to do what we can, within our reach as citizens in our political system and in our daily lives. Let’s not forget to do what’s in His will to exemplify the love He represents to fight the spread of fury that threatens to rise. Let’s not live in apprehension about things we cannot control. For even in the event of the nations conspiring, raging, and plotting, they do so in vain as we look to God, who is enthroned on high. Even in the instance of nation rising against nation, we will prevail!

What it looks like is not what it is. God is up to something that will work together for the good, even when it seems the unthinkable has happened. Order, governmental guidance, and appropriate submission to authority is needed. We, as a people, however, have a voice in what our nation’s leaders do, and as a people of God, must keep the One who is Alpha and the Omega, first in all we do, letting Him have the last say in situations where we are unable to do anything. For, as stated in Psalm 33:12; “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance.” God is a God of unity. He will not stand for division.

In 1 Corinthians 3, we see how God addresses through the Apostle Paul how the fights due to preferring one leader of the church over others was causing division amongst the people. To keep the story short, they were being told that each leader has their purpose, and though some are artificial and superficial and cause division within the church, there will be fitting consequences.  And, ultimately, it is God who causes increase in areas of growth in the church.  Though many think that the church is limited to buildings, the church actually is the people who make up the Body of Christ within the nations. Whether we all go to one church building or several around the world, we are “one united” in the Body of Christ. Trust that due to it being God’s Will for us all to be one in unity, He will protect us from worsened incarceration, forms of segregation, heartless deportation, civil & national confrontation, and other deeds that disrupts the togetherness of us as a people; a people in which God shows no favoritism because He loves us all.

So, concern yourself not to the point of distress and restlessness about the leader we should have had and the leader we now have.  For, in the beginning, there was darkness.  In the beginning, there was only deep waters. Yet, in the beginning our Creator spoke forth light and land.  When He speaks, He makes things happen. Thus, He can even overturn plans and decisions of nations. The Lord can reverse any curse. Therefore, take heart, Child of God. You are chosen. Let Christ remain in you, you in Him, allowing His peace to reign. His Word will not return void, as in Psalm 33:18,20; “The Lord watches over His followers… He helps us and protects us.”  Regardless of whose hands America seems to be in, you are still in God’s Good Hands.  You are covered.

 

 

Lukeisha CarrLove you with the Love of The Lord!

Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC

Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!

Beauty is in the Inner Workings

About four months ago, I did what’s called the “big chop”! That’s a phrase that is popularly used among African American women who have decided to forgo hair relaxers that would alter our natural curl to make it straight. For decades I have used hair relaxers, and my hair was somewhat a medium length. But, recently to get back to my natural texture, I chopped it off! Now instead of sporting 12 inch hair length, it’s more like three inches long when it’s curly. Not everyone was happy with what I did. Many had some unkind comments even if some were indirect. But, consider this… what if I had cancer and lost all of my hair from the treatment? What if I had a disease called Alopecia in which the consequences is hair loss due to my body’s immune system attacking my hair follicles? The most important thing, when the temporary disappears either by personal choice or otherwise, is that my inner person, my heart, is still the same. Though it may become stronger in the ways of the Lord, through such experiences, not basing my value or allowing others to determine my self-worth based on my looks, but tending to what’s on the inside of me is what lasts and what should be honorable unto the Lord. When that’s done, if I lose what’s on the outside, I cannot lose what’s on the inside, which stays with me, and cannot be taken away from me. We get a peek into what’s important to God in 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV; “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ” This is what we are to model our inner selves after.  This is what is to be evaluated in others, and what others should look for in you.  All after the heart of The Lord.  For in that, child of God, is where your innate joy and firm confidence resides!

Recently you may have been dealing with undue & unGodly criticism of your outward appearance.  Accused of being too thick.  You looked better with your hair…  He’s ugly…  Whatever the remarks have been, be reminded you that you are beautiful the way God made you! Those who negatively comment, expressing disdain for your outer appearance resent something about themselves, in addition to having an “inner spirit” that is not set on the things of God, but instead it is set on fleshly (no pun intended) things. 1 Peter 3:3,4 NIV says; “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” These verses teach us that we are to be concerned with things that are eternal & “unfading”, not temporary as are outward appearances. Of course this does not suggest we walk around unkempt. Nor does it mean, for those of us who have a natural talent and flare for style that we should not enjoy participating in dressing fashionably.  It also does not mean that we should not strive to keep our bodies healthy with periodic exercise and healthy eating habits, for our bodies are the dwelling places of the Spirit of the Most High God.  What these verses are advising is to place worth in that which is most important and lasting. Life is ever changing, as are people and their varying and unique opinions. If you measure your value by your looks, you will be unstable in your opinion of yourself, becoming a human version of a chameleon all in efforts to be accepted. In doing this, you continuously set yourself up for disappointment and exhaustion when you cannot consistently live up to what others expect of you.

In instances where you are in the presence of continuous opinionated negativity, being judged based on your appearance, stand strong in the Word of the Lord! Many blessings have been lost, missed, and forfeited due to choices made that were set upon the shaky and shifting grounds of outward appearances. This issue is not solely relative to personal relationships and outward beauty, but also equally applies to healthcare, educational, and business relationships in regards to race, gender, education level, ethnicity, and socioeconomic standing. You may be an experienced and well-prepared Mexican or African American nurse, but a patient didn’t want your services because you weren’t the race or ethnicity they desired.  Yet, you know in your heart of hearts, you are a Divinely designed nurturer and are great at your job.  I just read about a person who was desperately seeking direction from an adviser, but turned down the person available to him because the available person did not fit his external criteria for an adviser.  As this man experienced others he thought would fill his needs, he found they all came up short.  Could it be the one he’s been rejecting, based on outward appearances, is the very one who holds his blessing?  It certainly is possible.  Despite what a person thinks, despite if they have chosen or chooses to leave for another person who they think “looks” better, be confident in knowing that the most valuable blessing you bring to the people around you is what you carry in your spirit. If that is pleasing in The Lord’s sight and yet is not what they appreciate and see as valuable, let them go. God will send more suitable opportunities your way!

At this day and time, we still need to learn to look beyond what we perceive as external barriers to find the beauty within ourselves that connects us in unity.  As we push forth in that process of finding and living out the unity of the Love of God, when the unnecessary, the temporary, the fading, gets in the way, refuse to be set back. Resist trying to get them back. Renounce the feeling of being taken aback by such types of attack.  Stay in peace with an understanding that it’s not the bling on the outside, but your inner shine is what matters most.  And, simply pray that God will enter the hearts and have His way with your critics. Ignore their hurtful comments, leaving them in the hands of The Father, because you are made in the image & likeness of God, who penned your unique design, weaved you together in your mother’s womb, and spoke forth, “And it is Good!” Be assured that when the Word of the Lord is spoken, the Church says “Amen!” because it is so!

It’s a Shift Made Room For Right

At times it seems the most difficult to recover from a broken heart as we are still staring at the broken pieces.  It’s only when we choose to look up and peer beyond them that we can see any hope to climb up and over the heap.  Now is that time!  The broken pieces of your heart is no longer at your feet or in your hands.  God has taken over and is ready to do the mending, if you let Him.

Forgive those who left you in your deepest time of need. It was a light shed upon the truth of their nature of choice which made room for another or others who can deliver on genuine faithfulness, love, & loyalty.   And, though it may seem as if life has fallen or is falling apart, it’s simply getting started to come together.  For, if God allowed you to come to it & He is going to bring you through it, because He has brought you too far to leave you now.  Get into your heart, into your spirit, that though they disappointed you, they could not stop you from moving forward, onward, upward, towards your destiny!  Activate your healing as you humble yourself before God, hold on to The Rock, staying prayerful and faithful, never being afraid to…

“… approach God’s throne of grace with Confidence, so that [you] may receive Mercy and find Grace to help [you] in [your] time of [ANY] need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV

The spirit of heaviness is broken off of you now, as the Garment of Praise covers you, and a Joy washes over you because The Lord our God will never leave you, nor will He forsake you!  And, Yes, He hears your prayers! So, even if you haven’t yet seen how, believe it’s all working together for your good!  Greater is coming!  Walk in expectancy!