I know this is a very difficult time right now! Many of us are fearful for many different reasons. You may be elderly or are responsible for elderly family. You may have a compromised immune system or be responsible for someone who does. You may also have children who are out of school and need to be fed all day every day and your budget is stretched to the max. Maybe you are not working and not bringing in the finances you are used to. I get it. I understand how we can fall into a pattern of fear rather than faith. But I want to encourage you to intentionally walk in FAITH. God has never failed us in our time of need, and He won’t start now because of COVID-19. God is still God, He is still Good, He still has all power in His hands, and He is our great Defender! That being said, we also need to be practical and exercise wisdom during this time. We should not be fearful and operate in fear, but we should take the proper precautions to keep our families safe to the degree that we can. This amazing Tea Tribe is from all over the world, so we all have different rules and regulations that have been implemented by our cities, counties, states or countries. I encourage you to abide by those regulations that are set to keep both you and others safe! Here are some things to help you navigate through this time. Prayer is the key to overcoming every trial that comes! We must push through our fear and PRAY! But I also want to provide with you some scripture and practical things to help you walk out this journey. I have listed some scriptures below for you to read to combat fear if you find yourself second guessing God. I have also provided a DIY option for hand sanitizer as we know the shelves are quite empty these days! Psalm 91 – Read the entire chapter daily. Deuteronomy 31:8 – And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Psalm 18:2 – The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my [a]strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the [b]horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Isaiah 42:10 – Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and [a]all that is in it, you coastlands and you inhabitants of them! Psalm 56:3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Philippians 4:6-7 – 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 2 Timothy 1:7 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 94:19 – In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul. Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 55 :22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be [a]moved. Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Psalm 34:7 – The [a]angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Mark 5:36 – As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Deuteronomy 3:22 – You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you. Psalm 34:4 – I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. If you or anyone you know is in need of groceries to feed your children or someone to make a trip to the grocery store, please email me at info@raynabrown and we will do our very best to send help to you wherever you are. We are praying with and for everyone while we all push through this season. ‘Til Next Time! RB
Oh! So you missed it huh?!! Well, I didn’t!! VITAL!! Yes girl! YOU my friend, are a VITAL woman! You are necessary! You are needed! YOU ARE CHOSEN! That’s how I felt when I left the Vital Women’s Conference 2019 – CHOSEN!
So, I love love love the theme of this book. It seems that many people have missed the whole purpose and point behind Pastor Gray’s intent for authoring this book! So many have focused on the deeds he’s done rather than the healing journey he is offering to those who need it. I believe he was really trying to give us a dose of transparency so that we, (those of us who can relate), can see that we are NOT alone in our failures. The book sheds light on people who are in positions of leadership that bleed the same blood as those who aren’t. We may be leaders, but we still have the same issues, hurts, frustrations, sins and downfalls as any other human being. We, like anyone else, also need to be cared for in the same way we care for others. We need someone to ask if we are ok. We are often broken ourselves while leading others back to a place of wholeness because God has gifted and anointed us to do so. PJ drove that point throughout the book. There are many creatives out there who need to know that even though we have completely messed this thing called life up at times, that doesn’t mean we are no longer useful to God at all. Our purpose is still waiting for us to find strength and pursue it again. Our destiny remains….albeit there was a little detour, the destination remains. PJ uses Jacob as his main point of reference to show that even though he had a lifestyle that was sinful in nature and needed to change (without a doubt), his destiny, OUR destiny was still integral and needed to happen. He didn’t just have destiny, he had one of the most important destinies in history! Now, note, PJ is careful to point out the fact that there is still a process, a breaking, an exposure period and a healing period. “Running from the process can shift your destiny timeline.” Lord! The level of screaming I did when I read that line! I think I probably did a few fist air swings too! It’s the absolute truth! We run from the process and find ourselves right back there to work that same thing out in us! If we never make it through the process we stay full of ourselves and PJ clearly states “anyone full of themselves cannot be filled by the spirit of God.” Whew! It also drives the point that although our destiny still waits, there will surely be a cost for it all. PJ writes “The enemy will always send you what you THINK you need, he just NEVER tells you how much it costs. He gives it to you first and will send you the bill after.” If this is not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Goodness!!! I can’t tell you how many times something seemed so perfect but the cost drained me to no end and was just not worth it in the end. Another point I loved is his recognition of the fact that leaders carry a heavy weight and tend to get weary and tired. PJ warns us of the importance of being careful of getting weary. When we get weary, “we make bad decisions and make use of things we shouldn’t because we aren’t focused.” He tells us not to “forgo our birthright because of our weariness in the moment.” I’m sure you can think on how many decisions you’ve made that could have easily voided everything you’ve worked for. I sure have! He warns us not to “Give away our value to someone who doesn’t deserve it.” Then he spoke briefly on an area that I struggle terribly! Taking care of our temples! Hearing him say it’s our “personal responsibility to help God get the maximum glory out of our lives.” He encouraged us to think about being in a position where you can’t fulfill your purpose because of your health. I feel this daily because of the chronic pain in my joints. Sometimes I feel like I’m not giving the best I have because I’m limited in movements while I worship. “We have to make sure we are physically able to do what we are created us to do. He gave us some questions to think on and I love to read books that give me some homework so that I have something tangible! So when all is done and said and we get that name change like Jacob/Israel, PJ says to remember, “you may be in the same body but you are NOT the same person.” So our homework is to know that since we haven’t LOST our call, purpose or destiny, then we should go forth! Sow whatever seed we need to, whether that’s getting things right with family or authority or just making right on places we’ve erred. Then, think on what God gave us to do. Pray on our team, who God called us to and who He called to us. So, if you haven’t read “Win from Within” yet by Pastor John Gray, go grab it along with your favorite cup of tea or coffee and enjoy!