Monthly Archives: January 2015

Launch Party Countdown: Tomorrow is the BIG Day!

I am pumped up! I’m beyond hyped and my thoughts are filled with thanksgiving and praise. Tomorrow is the BIG day! It’s been a long time coming.

Here’s the final excerpt for this week’s Launch Party Countdown. Thank you for Walking in Freedom! with me.

Happy Friday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

DAY THIRTEEN: Half-Empty?
“Just before service began, one of the deacons turned and asked the choir members, “Are you half-full or half-empty?”

“Half-full,” was the reply that I heard from the ladies standing beside me, but my response was different. “Half-empty,” I replied softly. Honestly, at that moment on that particular day, I felt half-empty. I was drained, and I didn’t feel like doing anything. I was in church in the choir stand on a Sunday morning. I was in position to sing, but I didn’t feel like it. In fact, I didn’t feel like being at church at all. I was tired and exhausted in my service to God and my waiting season. I felt I had nothing left to give. Yes, I was there physically, but spiritually,…..read more by clicking on this link to purchase your copy of Rhovonda’s new book.

Excerpt from the book Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women by Rhovonda L. Brown. Copyright 2014* by Rhovonda L. Brown. Published by iUniverse. All rights reserved.

*Copyright date corrected.

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Launch Party Countdown: 4 Days Away!

Happy Tuesday! I’m counting down the days until my Launch Party. We are 4 days away! I cannot wait to fellowship with you, and share what God is doing in yours and my life. Yes! He’s doing great things (as always). Just a few more days!!

To keep the momentum going until the BIG DAY, here’s an excerpt for you from my devotional book, Walking in Freedom!.

DAY TEN: Created for a Purpose
“The mosquitoes are horrible this year. They are swarming everywhere. They linger by your front door, back door, windows, and cars, waiting to attack. It used to be that mosquitoes would come during the summertime when it’s hot, but not anymore. These pesky bugs attack when it’s cold or hot or when it’s rainy or dry. These bloodsucking bugs don’t care how the weather is as long as they can attach themselves to their victims. When my daughter was younger, she’d ask, “Mommy, why did God make mosquitoes?” I wondered the same thing. Lord.

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Excerpt from the book Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women by Rhovonda L. Brown. Copyright 2011 by Rhovonda L. Brown. Published by iUniverse. All rights reserved.

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Launch Party Countdown: 5 Days Away!

Hi there. It’s Monday….already! And guess what I’m doing? That’s right. I am counting down the days until my Launch Party. We are just 5 days away! I cannot wait to see your beautiful face in the place. You and I will share this huge accomplishment together, while giving God glory in the process. I have so much to tell you. Wow! I’m so pumped up!!

Since I’m counting down the days until this BIG EVENT, each day I’ll send you an excerpt from my devotional book, Walking in Freedom!. So here’s today’s excerpt.

DAY ONE: New Life
As I prepared dinner for my family yesterday, I looked out the kitchen
window and noticed spring. Officially, spring wouldn’t be here until a couple of weeks, but outside I saw beautiful colors beginning to form on the flowers and trees. I could see glimpses of spring already. I love the springtime. Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year because the weather changes, the days are longer, and there’s newness in the air. Not only that, I enjoy this season because I celebrate the day I came to be, my birthday. To me, spring means new: new life, new beginnings, new creation, new birth, and new everything. Spring is almost here. Today, we have an interesting passage about a man named Nicodemus who goes to Jesus at night……<strong>READ MORE

Excerpt from the book Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women by Rhovonda L. Brown. Copyright 2011 by Rhovonda L. Brown. Published by iUniverse. All rights reserved.

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Mo’ Finer

Went to the gym earlier this evening with my goddaughter, DeDe. I did a little cardio on the treadmill to get me started. Then, she and I did some weights, crunches and squats together. Later on, we took a cycling class which was the first time for me. I was brave and committed while my goddaughter cheered me on. Oooh, my goodness! That class was something else!! It was tough! The class lasted about 45 minutes (it felt like hours to me). Afterwards, my legs were wobbly, clothes drenched in sweat and I was exhausted. I was relieved because I thought once the class was over, DeDe and I would head back home….yeah right!

Do you know what my goddaughter said to me? “Time to work my legs.” Wh…wh…..what do you mean?! Isn’t that what we just did?!! Now, who does that?! Nobody but my goddaughter, that’s who! Lol!

Man, gotta love her. If I stick with DeDe, I’ll be mo’ finer (yep, I said it!), mo’ finer by springbreak! Lmbo!

Thx DeDe for working out with me! I love you! I’m looking forward to the next one! Signing off…….
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Day Seven: At First

Following Christ can be a scary thing… at first. Here’s a man from Galilee who invites all to follow Him, no matter what we have done, economic status, gender, race, or religious background. A Jewish carpenter invites all to follow after Him. He says to us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6, NLT). A stranger from Galilee is bringing the scriptures alive, performing miracles, and telling everyone to drop everything and follow Him. He asks us to put everything that we hold most important and dear to our hearts on the back burner and make Him first in our lives. The initial thought of following this stranger can be scary and requires a lot of faith.

Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.]
(John 14:11, AMP)

When we decide to follow Christ, we renounce our old way of thinking and our previous distorted views. We relinquish our twisted religious thinking and traditional methods. We walk away from what we thought was right to follow after Jesus, the carpenter, who is God’s Son. For His way is right. Jesus comes and turns our entire world upside down, and that can be scary … at first. Once we
begin to experience the joy, peace, and all the benefits that come with
following Christ, our initial reactions change. We begin to understand
that Jesus is the real thing. He’s the right thing. He’s the best thing.

Have you decided to follow Christ? Have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Look what Jesus said in Luke 9:57–62 to those who wanted to follow Him:

As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead. Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God” (NLT).

My sister, choose to follow after the Nazarene, the Carpenter, the Holy One of Israel. But you must be ready. Be ready to give up everything to follow after Him.

From the book Walking in Freedom! by Rhovonda L. Brown. Copyright 2011 by Rhovonda L. Brown. Published by iUniverse. All Rights Reserved.

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Two Kinds of People

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42 NKJV)

What’s so wonderful about this story and the beauty in it is even while suffering and dying on the cross, our compassionate Savior looks past His own horrible ordeal to reach a lost soul. Here we have a thief, a criminal, guilty of his crimes and deserving death for those crimes, but Jesus knew he had a greater need, salvation.

The passage in Luke 23:26-43, gives us great descriptions of two kinds of people in this world. There are the ones who have done wrong, are guilty for that wrong, but don’t think they’re wrong. They are in need of help, in need of saving, but don’t think nor believe they need saving. Not only that, but they believe salvation, the grace of God, is foolish (1 Cor. 1:27). Their arrogance and stubbornness won’t allow them to believe in the invisible, all-powerful, the only living God.

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself-and us, too, while you’re at it!” (Luke 23:39, NLT)

Then, there’s the other type of person. They’ve done wrong, are guilty for that wrong, yet, they know they need to be saved. Because they know they need help, they’re desperate to believe in something so foolish as God becoming man. In desperation, they believe God gave up His royalty for rags, to live a life like a homeless man (Matt. 8:20). They confidently believe that a holy God (the Son) gave up all His riches, become poor, and gave His life for a sinful person.

But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” (Luke 23:40-41 NLT)

The sins of this thief have crushed him, broken him down, and in humility he pleads out to Christ to be rescued. And with the simplest prayer, he prays, “Lord, remember me” (Luke 23:42).

So, right now, my sister, which side of the road do you stand on? Which thief can we relate to? The thief who has done the crimes, but not ready to change? Too foolish to know how badly he/she needs a Savior. Or are we like the latter thief? Guilty of the crimes, ready to accept our punishment, pleading for mercy.

It’s been said that when a sinner looks at her/himself and sees their wretchedness, the dirty sinfulness, that’s when his/her heart is open and ready to receive Christ. She is ready to change.

Have you made that change, my sister? May we know the freedom that our Savior gives to those who believes.

Happy Friday!

MEDITATION AND QUIET TIME

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom!
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My debut book, Walking in Freedom!, is ready for your enjoyment. You may purchase it from Amazon| Barnes & Noble| Books A Million | iBooks | Google Play | Nook | Apple | Kindle | Kobo …. Just to name a few. It’s available Now: http://m.barnesandnoble.com/s/walking-in-freedom-a-thirty-day-devotional-journey-for-women