Taking a Step Forward: When Trust in God is an Issue

As with any relationship with any human, building trust is a process. You meet someone new, and wisely, you open up only to the basics, you convene in public places, and you each gradually become more trustworthy to each other as you both remain authentic, considerate, and reliable. Building your Trust in The Lord is similar. In different stages of your relationship with Him, there’s testing, where trust seeking is bi-directional. God may give you a little to see how faithful you are with it, and when He sees you do well with it, He’ll provide the increase. But, I’ll teach about that direction of trust building another time in more detail. Know, for now, that what you do to be faithful with the little He gives you, are indicators to how much you Trust Him.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us; “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

In other words, what is faith, except simply Trust that who or what actually exists, and that, that particular someone will do something, or something will happen, according to what that person’s expressed. It’s difficult, however, to trust fully in someone you don’t know. You don’t know their quirks, strengths, foibles, talents, tendencies, etc. It’s usually not until you begin to see a consistent pattern of behavior, over time, that aligns with what they say, that a trustworthiness, or a distrust, depending on the types of behaviors and words expressed, exhibits itself in them. That’s why Trust in God starts with you choosing to diligently seek Him to… 

Get to Know Him

For, Numbers 23:19, states; “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” When keeping this in mind, it’s necessary to first recognize His voice, then understand His will for you in that particular situation. And, be patient because He does everything in His timing, which may not always match yours.

Get comfortable knowing that God never changes. Thus, His character is consistent throughout ages. This means it helps to “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.Hebrews 13:7&8 Not looking at temporal things, but at what those who have gone in The Lord’s ways before you, even in stories of the Holy Bible, can be encouraging to you to engage in trusting Him in similar ways.

For instance, one verse I lean on many times, and have seen God not only remind me of, but also hold true in my life, is what He said to Joshua when He appointed him as leader over His people to bring them into His Promise for them, is Joshua 1:5; “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This has helped me go forward in extremely new and difficult tasks, sailing unchartered waters, The Lord’s assigned me to do, or experiences I’ve had to endure. And, God never fails! He comes through every time!

Years ago, as another example, when a friend of mine and I were on our Christ walk together, she encountered a couple of life struggles at the same time. Needless to say, it was quite stressful and worrisome for her. As we were early in our walks of faith, both of us what those of us in the faith often call “Babes in Christ”, we listened to each other’s woes, but most importantly prayed for each other. Throughout her trials and testing, there were timely periodic points where I could see God making a way out of no way for her. I remember one night sitting on the couch in my living room, lights off with only the TV on, speaking with her on the phone, exclaiming to her, “I see God all in this!”

Seeing the Hand of God in another’s life doesn’t mean that you always see them at the top of their game at that given moment, per se. Oft times, it’s seeing them at their lowest point and God stepping in at critical moments, as He guides, and sustains, not only what they need externally, but also what’s needed internally to be strong stable & assured mentally, spiritually, & emotionally.  For example, there were times in the midst of hardships I’ve gone through where I literally heard the enemy ask: “What is your weakness?”; “Why can’t I break you?” All because how God was a very present help in times of trouble. But, Beloved, how will you ever know this if you never…

Try Him

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8

The Lord Jesus Christ is our Bread of Life. How can you know if you will like a food if you’ve never tried it? How can you know if an exercise technique won’t work for you if you never tried it consistently? How can you know if God is really who He says He is if you don’t give Him situations to allow you to try His ways in on a regular basis?

Depending on your level of faith, what you choose to place on His alter of Grace, may range from something minor like answering your prayer to help you get off work in time to get to the supermarket. Or, something more important, such as be your advocate in a job interview. It may be a trial or tribulation of your own that you don’t know quite how to rectify. You’ve done all you know how to do with integrity, and from your point of view you haven’t any further options, but you can give the rest to The Lord, who has options you just yet can’t see. However great or small it is, in order to try Him, you’ll need to Give Him something to Trust Him with to see that He is Trustworthy. Inevitably, during these times of tasting The Lord to see that He’s Good, you may have doubt, but I encourage you to…

Throw Doubt Out

No natural battle comes without a spiritual battle! There’ll be little messengers of satan speaking things into your spirit that’ll make you doubt God’s goodness, hoping with a wicked hope that you give up on Him. But, know you don’t have to receive from them what you know to be the opposite of God’s Word regrading your life! You have weapons that are not carnal that empowers you to Cast Doubt Out! You will win, child of the Most High God! You. Will. Win!

At times, that doubt might be “self” doubt, where you don’t believe you can do what God’s telling, or called, you to do. But, Beloved, self-doubt doesn’t have to count you out, when you Trust God & throw the doubt out! That’s your chance to diligently seek Him in that circumstance, and give that fear, that worry, to Him as you move forward in doing it, giving Him the chance to show you He is a Reliable God! You see, The Lord is Omniscient and Omnipotent! He knows every gift and talent He planted in you as He designed you, and later knitted you together in your mother’s womb. Some of those gifts and talents have slept dormant until His appointed time for them to awaken in you. And, it’s that step of faith, as you give Him a try, Child of God, to build Trust in Him, to walk by faith and not by sight in the direction He’s calling you to, until you begin to see that you are already Equipped!

Getting to know God better, giving Him something to Trust Him with, and effectively fighting battles of fears and doubt, will begin you on a journey towards building your trust in Him, while being guided at the same time. For, it’s His guidance that surfaces as you seek Him in your daily life, presenting you with opportunity to trust Him. It’s Your Time now, to start transitioning into increasingly Trusting The Lord, so you can reach full potential of your transformation, butterfly!

Lord, Most High God, may Your word be a lamp upon the feet, a light on the path of each reader, increasing their Trust in You, as they be led by Your Holy Spirit into all You have in store for them. In Jesus Name. Amen!


Put It In Action

Give It To God: What do you want to hand over to God so you can take that first or next step of faith in growing to Trust Him?

Love Builds Up: Do you have a testimony that can help Build Up another’s Trust in God? If you’d like to share it, submit it here: Overcome By the Word of Your Testimony


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Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International

Ask LuKeisha Question: After All You’ve Been Through, Why Do You Still Have Faith in God?

When the time is right, I’ll share some of my experiences, that at least two people, who asked me this same question we’re referring to. For now, as I thought about how I would phrase my answer, I smiled, shaking my head, looking down for a few seconds, as one of my opposers, trying to answer this question for me, said: “because I’m stubborn.” Truly, I tell you, that’s far from the Truth. Although, I believe myself as Steadfast in Faith, instead.

Many think that faith is blind belief, or something that one can “fake it til you make it”. And, in the beginning, it can seem that way because an adult new to the Christian faith has no, or very little, schema built from past experiences that can point to experiencing the Goodness of God. Before I recommitted my life to Christ, I blindly believed there was a God, and went through my life considering Him simply an arbitrary spirit in the sky that periodically looked down on us, like an owner of an ant farm, to ensure we were surviving in our habitat. But, it’s through the tough experiences, as I sought Him out, that I began to find Him. And, in finding Him, I learned that He is exponentially so much more than I thought.

What I realized too, is there are differing levels of faith. Which at lower levels of faith, where there’s a lack of knowledge of God and His ways, can create openings where the very dark trials sent against a person can seep in to destroy their faith, or prevent it from deepening. As one who seeks to bring others to the faith of Christ, I have noticed that there are many who lost faith in God, or never developed a belief in Him “DUE” to unpleasant circumstances they went through in their lives. Here is where I’d like to encourage, those of you who this has happened to early in your life, or perhaps you’re going through something right now that seems to be weakening your faith in Him, to try not to give up on God for disappointments you’ve experienced. Because, it’s in looking at those experiences through the Eyes of God that you can begin to see elements of your experiences that give you a more whole picture of what’s happening, and keep you sustained in peace that surpasses all understanding, strength, and protection, as you progress through it.

In my situations, some witnessed what challenged me, and perceived, for example, three limiting circumstances that lingered, as God letting me down. But, what they didn’t see were the 100 situations where He consistently came through mightily. But, to keep it succinct, the next few reasons my faith in The Lord has stayed strong, starts with understanding that…

God Allows Struggles for Good Reasons

Hardships don’t mean God doesn’t exist. Just as dark forces send hardships to break us, God uses them to build us; to build our knowledge of Him, ourselves in terms of our individual identity in Him, gifts & callings, and to build our character. Consider the story of Young David (see 1 Samuel in the Holy Bible) before He became King. What came against him through King Saul was to keep him from answering the call on his life to become King. Yet, The Lord used the very same circumstances to help Young David build trust in Him, by showing him his provision and preservation. With this knowledge of God, having seen God’s presence and His practices, when we rise to the top, as King David eventually did, we can be Anchored in Adonai, knowing that some of the biggest challenges that can come at us is when we are at the top. But, when the same God that was with us in the valley is there to help us overcome new devils that come at each higher level, we can begin to soar, and most of all be sustained there.

Now, those of you who have had terrible experiences as children, there are reasons for those struggle too. But, unfortunately, this is not a suitable outlet to address such sensitive topics. If you’d like to discuss privately, please book your Complimentary “Free to Discover Me” Spiritual Enrichment Coaching session. If it’s a topic you don’t mind discussing amongst others with similar experiences, contact me at:https://CSHLoveLife.com/Contact, and I will arrange a group coaching session around this topic. In the meantime, it helps to trust that…

Promises of God are Dependable

Now before I go into this topic, I’d like to remind you that “some” promises of God are “Conditional”, as in if you do this, God will do that. But…! To give you a few that I have leaned on is:

Psalm 91:11 mentions, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”. It’s in the midst of troubles that you need guarding and guidance, first. Most often, if there is no trouble, no reason arises for high levels of Divine protection to take place although it’s still there at lower indiscernible levels. This is something that’s been apparent to me from the very beginning of some of what I’ve experienced.

Another, is; “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”, as per Proverbs 23:18.  Not too long ago, I was coaching someone on how to build trust. One example I used was that trustworthiness is built by doing what you say you will do, consistently. This is how I’ve learned God is. He makes us promises, gives us hope, but because God often does complex things in our lives, they don’t always come to pass quickly. How I’ve held to the Hope He gives, how, like King David once said, His promises preserves my life, is that God unfolds some of His promises gradually wherein, if paying attention, you can see it coming to pass in drips and drabs where necessary; maybe slow going but definitely growing into fruition. Numbers 23:19, tells us that “God is not a man; He will not lie. God is not a human being; His decisions will not change. If He says He will do something, then He will do it. If He makes a promise, then He will do what He promised.” For, The Lord knows reneging on His promises would make Him foolish in that He would never be able to get anyone to trust Him if He never does what He says He’s going to do. Foolish He’s not, but a Holy Spirit that emits Wisdom! Along with what’s helped even these mentioned elements become parts to building and sustaining my faith is to…

Maintain a Genuine Healthy Relationship with God

Here’s what’s important know… when you don’t know God, it’s easy to get duped by the trickery manipulation and deceptions of the world, for example, in thinking God promised something or someone He didn’t. OR… believe it or not, trying to convince you that God DID NOT promise that person or thing.  This is why my relationship with God, who I’ve learned over the years is a bi-directional communicative God, has kept me guided in the light, in right directions; saying no to what would bring harm, and yes, to what doesn’t, and pausing at what I’m not sure about. Having this kind of relationship with Him helps us to know His voice, which embodies His character, so we don’t get misled by counterfeits. “Counter”-“Fits”: may look real, the crumple rustle of the hustle may sound real, but when you look and listen closely, they “counter”, as in Oppose, much of what and who is the Real God, not a good “Fit” for His character. I discuss why we should, and how to get to know the Christian God in more depth in my (Pod)Casting Potential Episode 11: 4 Ways to Start or Improve Hearing the Voice of God. On this episode’s page is a companion checklist that I encourage you to download to guide you through the process of getting to know God better.

There are so many other goodies that I could share that keep faith strong in times where you may be most vulnerable, but these are a great start in building your own faith! Maintain a genuine healthy relationship with The Lord, where you get to know how He fashions His likes dislikes and promises, as well as learn patterns of how He responds to events in our lives, similar to how He’s done for others in the past. For, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So, what He did before, in a similar context He’ll do it again; what He’s done for several few, when fitting, He’ll do for you, too!



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Lukeisha H. CarrLove You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International

Cultivate Good Health of Eden with 3 Easy Steps



Happy, Healthy New Year, Beloved! Welcome to Episode 32 Where you’re about to discover…

  • How you can Focus on a never ending hope that you or your loved one can win the battle going on in your body!
  • Why even if you’re at a point, believing you’ve tried everything, and it seems there’s nothing else available to do, you’re about to see you do have more options!
  • That you truly have the control you’ve been thinking you don’t have in contributing to bring your healing about!

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References to mentioned research studies:

https://www.consumerreports.org/personal-bankruptcy/how-the-aca-drove-down-personal-bankruptcy/

https://www.encyclopedia.com/philosophy-and-religion/other-religious-beliefs-and-general-terms/religion-general/faith-healing

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2012/01/19/u-s-healthcare-hits-3-trillion/#76826a543da8

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/healing-prayer-most-americans-pray-for-healing_us_571e4e52e4b0d912d5ff42dc

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

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. 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. Carr

Love You to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

Worry No More! – Use This 3D Strategy to Grasp Worry War Victory!



You deserve to live your life, and live it in JOY & PEACE! Find out, in (Pod)Casting Potential – Episode 29, ways that can begin to help you overcome…

  • Worry about your marriage or significant other
  • Distress regarding that job that tends to trigger so much stress
  • Concern that doesn’t want to let up when it comes to your children, health, or any other area of life that can become worrisome.

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

  1. Special Announcement: (Pod)Casting Potential Show Now in Syndication & Available for Subscription!
  2. Get your “3D Strategy to Grasp Worry War Victory WorksheetPLUS TWO Additional Bonus Gifts to embark on your path of unsurpassed peace!
  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, Inc.

Are You Stuck? Set up Champion Swings for Better Choices with These 4 Things! – (Pod)Casting Potential



 

I pray this New Year has gotten off to a great start for you! It’s your time to achieve all of what’s Divinely planted in your heart for this stage in your journey! So, in this First of the year episode [#25] of (Pod)Casting Potential, find out…

  • How to strengthen your techniques to make more sound decisions
  • Why it matters who is at your side when embarking on a choice
  • What the ball in your hand can mean for you to make your best call

 

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

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

(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

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

Trust Me Thursday Facebook Live: 5 Tips on Growing to Trust in Yourself!


Thank you for watching the Facebook live on 5 Tips on Growing to Trust in Yourself! I believe once you begin to practice these tips, using the prayers in this page, along with the guide and checklist, you’ll be on your way to gaining greater trust in yourself, resulting in better decision making all as you Trust in The Lord!

You can download them both at the same time via the link below!

Get your Invoke Divine Decisions Guide

and

Start or Improve Hearing the Voice of God Checklist!



Connect to My Lord & Savior Prayer

[Use this prayer if you’ve never, or don’t remember ever, giving your life to Christ.]

Lord Jesus, there are some things I’ve done, & some not of my own doing, that has affected my soul & spirit in undesirable ways. I believe Oh Lord Jesus, that You are The Christ, my Lord & Savior, the Son of the One & Only Living God. I believe in my heart that You died on the Cross & were risen making us a way to eternal life.
I want my life to change for the better to have peace, love, joy, & faith that my latter days will be greater than my former days. So, please come into my heart & cleanse it, take reign over my life, redeem my soul, & put a right & willing spirit in me. Teach me Your ways, Lord. Help me to have ears that hear Your voice, as my Great Shepherd, never to be led by any other. May I hear Your voice guiding me towards the everlasting hope & future You so graciously provide.
Thank You, Jesus, for making me one of the redeemed that is able to rejoice & say so!
In Jesus Name. Amen.


Strengthen Connection to God Prayer

[Use this prayer if you’ve been away or feel like you’ve been distant from God for a while.]

Holy God, it seems I may have stayed, or strayed, too far away to hear what You say. Your Word says that if we call unto You, Lord, You would show us great & mighty things. Father, please give me ears that hear, a heart that understands, and a willing spirit so that I may be led by the voice of Your Holy Spirit. Increase my spiritual discernment to ensure I only follow You, Lord Jesus, as my Great Shepherd so that I will not be led by any other.
In Jesus Name. Amen.


Holy Spirit Leading Prayer

[Use this prayer, regardless of which of which of the above prayers you pray. This will open the way of the Holy Spirit leading you in your daily activities.]

Father, Your Word says You would give me the Spirit without limit. I ask you to help me to have an unyielding determination to consistently choose to be a Living Sacrifice to You only, Jesus. Lord, I bind and cast out anything that has pulled me away or keeps me at a distance from You and all You have for me. Fill my dry and arid places with the Living Water of Your Spirit, take the Reigns & Steering Wheel of my Mind Body Spirit & Soul, my Life. Loose me from anything that is not of You & Bind all that I am in You to all that You are! For, Lord Jesus, with me in You & You in me, I am Set Free to Live in the Abundant Life You give me!
May You give me Your power that is sufficient in any areas of decision making I face so I can rise to royalty, even in my heart mind and soul to take my rightful positions of respect, great importance, and nobility in the Kingdom of Heaven. Father, I know that nothing is hopeless for the God of Hope. And, nothing is impossible for you to achieve. I pray Oh Lord, that You help me to have a willing spirit to receive.
In Jesus Name. Amen.



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

  1. Have question(s) regarding topics discussed in this video? You’re welcome to Ask Coach LuKeisha!
  2. Missed any of my (Pod)Casting Potential episodes? You can catch up with them on this Podcast Archive page!
  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

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

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 to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.

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 He is, 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 vs. 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, threats, 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 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 to Life!

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International

(Pod)Casting Potential – What’s Rest Got To Do With It?



Welcome back to (Pod)Casting Potential for all new episode 12! Have you been resting? No? Not really? Somewhat? Listen to discover:

    • Why you will want to put rest higher on your priority list
    • What it means to labor to rest
    • Ways you can begin to regularly get the rest you need

And, to help your jump start to getting the rest you have a Divine Right to, Download my Recharge for Guilt-Free Restoration & Replenishment Cheat Sheet!

Your questions, comments, or request are welcome via the comments section below or via my Contact page.

And, 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 to Life!

Lukeisha Carr

LuKeisha Carr Ministries International, Inc.