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Take the Limits Off!

Greetings Freedom Walker!

Do you feel a shifting in the atmosphere, in your ministry, spiritual walk or personal life? How are you handling the changes that God is doing in your life?

“Making adjustments can be difficult, but sometimes it’s necessary. Life is about modifications. When the weather fluctuates, we adjust by changing our outer appearances. When relationships turn sour, though difficult it may be, we make the necessary transitions to move forward. When the economy shifts on us, we modify our spending. We change our goals, directions, eating habits, and lifestyles. Change is never easy; however, it’s best, especially when God is transforming our lives.”

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.

Today’s devotional will challenge you to not resist the exciting transformation God is doing in your life, as well as encourage you to release all restrictions you might have on Him.

May you be blessed by today’s Waking in Freedom! Devotional

Your sis,
Rhovonda Brown
Founder and Executive Director


“O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep. A senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this.” (Psalm 92:5-6, NKJV)

Do you have a longing for something different, a desire for a change, and an urge for a transformation? Is there a pulling for something more? You don’t know what it is. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you feel a tugging and a shifting for something more.

You’re tired of the same things, tired of going to the same places, tired of the same people. You’re tired of getting the same results. The things that you’re doing have become blah, blah, blah. There’s no fire, no drive, no impact, no fulfillment, and no difference being made. No change, no effect. Something is missing. There’s a longing, a desire, an urge for something more.

Are you’re tired of the same old, same old? Are you tired of doing the same thing over and over again? Are you tired of having the same program, singing the same old songs, and praying the same old prayers? Are you tired of preaching that same old sermon? Are you ready for something new, ready to go higher in God?

Well sister, there is more! So much more! There is so much more God wants to show you. So much more God wants to do through you. Much more God has for you and want to give you. It’s time to do something different. It’s time to make some changes. Time to move some things around. Make some alterations. Move those programs and tradition out of the way. It’s time to let the Holy Spirit have His way.

God is so much bigger than what we think. He’s immeasurable, enormous, He’s HUGE!! He’s so deep and so wide that our little brain cannot fathom or comprehend the vastness of God.

“Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.”

(Psalm 130:6, AMP)  

Right now, we are only scratching the surface of God’s magnificent and awesome power. There’s so much more. God wants to do so much more through us. All we have to do (need to do) is remove the box. Remove the limitations we have on God. For He is an amazing God! He’s breathtaking!

No Limits with lyrics Israel & New Breed
No Limits with lyrics Israel & New Breed

My sister, God wants to show Himself strong in your life and in everything you do. But you must take the limits off of Him. He wants to do big, different, and new things in our lives. We can’t even imagine what He’s going to do. But we are in the way. Let’s not hindering the Holy Spirit. Let’s not put limitation on Him, trying to keep Him contained because He can’t be. So, release the restrictions. Tear down the box, and let God be glorified through us.

He’s waiting on us.

It’s Monday….already! Let’s release the chains and walk in our freedom.

QUIET TIME

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

*Originally posted July 29, 2011.

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Pain

And now my life drains out,
as suffering seizes and grips me hard.
Night gnaws at my bones;
the pain never lets up.
I am tied hand and foot, my neck in a noose.
I twist and turn.
Thrown facedown in the muck,
I’m a muddy mess, inside and out. (Job 30:16-19, MSG)

We’ve all experienced it and we will continue to experience it until the day we die. Pain can make us bitter or it can make us stronger. I heard someone say, “no pain no gain.” Physical pain can cause us to cry out like a baby, pleading with our Maker to make it stop. Emotional pain can be the worst kind of pain. It grips at our hearts; pulling and tugging at us, and tries to suck what little joy that we have.
We can’t rid ourselves of pain by the use medicine, drugs, alcohol, or counseling. These aides (medicine, drugs, alcohol, counseling and others) may give us relief for a brief period of time, but they won’t rid us of the pain completely. It is a fact, pain will be experienced until the day we take our last breath.
Those of us, who are Believers, have a promise that we’ll not experience any more pain once we cross over from death to glory (Rev. 21:4)!! Praise the Almighty God!!! Until then, pain will continue to exist. And at times, we will experience pain in order to get to where God wants to take us.
My sister, I have a question for you. How do you handle pain? Do you tackle it head on, standing firm on God’s Word? Do you try to drown yourself in all kinds of aides that will only give you temporary relief? Do you wallow in your pain – allowing it to suffocate and suck you dry? The next time pain comes to your doorstep, how will you deal with it?
In your devotional time, read about Job, Joseph, or any of the men and women in the bible who’ve experienced pain but came out bigger and better than before. Read their story and may you be encouraged today to trust God in your pain.
Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

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*Originally posted January 14, 2011.

A Challenge

You know it’s so easy to look at the bad things that are happening in our lives. It’s very easy to focus on what’s not going right. It is easy to complain about what we don’t have or what we need. It’s so easy to look at the things that are going so wrong, how the bills are due, how the kids are misbehaving, what our husbands are not doing, the sickness that we have, the jobs that don’t pay enough. It’s easy to focus on how things are really looking bad right now. Yes, it’s easy to see and focus on those negative things.

But today, I have a challenge for you and I’m challenging myself as well. There may be things not going so well in our lives. Right now, things might be looking pretty bad. Our lives may look like a tornado has blown threw our city and we need to assess the damages. Maybe the wind is blowing hard and the rain is still pouring down. But today, let’s not look at the chaos that’s going on. Today, let’s not survey the damages. Today, let’s not look at how horrible things have gotten. Let’s not focus on the disorder, the confusion, or the turmoil. No, let’s focus on something else. Let’s turn our eyes and attention to someone else.

Today, my sister, I’m challenging you to focus on the One who is still in the “working it out” business. I’m challenging myself to keep my mind on the One who knows what to do and how to do it. I’m focusing on the One who knows what’s best for me. Today, I’m challenging you to do the same. Keep your attention on the One who has it all under control. God can and God will take care of everything. He has everything in place just the way He wants it. Things that are going on in our lives are no accidents; they are no mishaps, and no mistakes. These things are not by chance. No, God foreknew all of this would happen. That’s why He’s sovereign.

Therefore, today let us bring everything to the Lord. All of our worries, all of our confusion, all of our disappointments, all of our health issues. Let us bring all of our concerns to the One who can handle everything. For if we bring all our cares to Him, that’s when He will give us peace.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7, AMP)

Let’s Pray: Father, we thank You for being a God who can and who will take care of everything. Father, forgive us for not bringing all our cares to You. Lord, You said You would bear our burdens, You would lift our heavy loads. But You want us to bring all of them to You. So, Father we bring them to You and we leave them there. Father, give us faith to trust and believe that You will work everything out for our good. Father, help us to focus on You and only You because You are all we need and You have everything under control. Lord, we love You and we thank You. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20, NIV)

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

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Originally posted April 27, 2011.

 

Love Eternal

When I received those beautiful red roses from my husband, I gratefully placed them in a pretty red vase with water. That deep red tone from the flowers almost looked artificial. They were so beautiful, but I knew the beauty wouldn’t last long! I’m horrible at taking care of plants and flowers; I never had a green thumb, but proudly, I displayed my red roses on the buffet in the dining room.
Each day as I passed by the dining room, I notice how my beautiful flowers were beginning to wither! What once stood elegant and tall in that red vase now looked frail and dull. The green leaves and red petals were now fading and dry, falling to the floor. My beautiful roses were dying.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39, NLT)

The world’s idea of love is artificial and temporary. It’s not eternal. It comes and goes. The world’s love has no depth, no foundation, no commitment, and no guarantees. One day, the love is new and beautiful, promising to last forever, but quickly the world’s love dies. We’re such fickle people. Sometimes, we love by the way we feel. For example, you may do something to me today that may cause my love for you on tomorrow to change. Like those roses, within a few days, the love that was once deep and lasting, could soon wither and fade away.
On the contrary, God’s love is eternal. It’s not artificial nor for the moment. His love has no limits and no boundaries. Jesus’ death at the cross is the foundation of God’s love for us. Thereby displaying depth, a commitment, a promise, and assurance to us.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.” (Song of Sol. 2:4, NKJV).

“And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner…..” (Ex. 17:15, NKJV)

We’re children of God, His beloved. He loves us and His amazing love has become our banner. A banner waves over us, to covers, protects, and comforts us. It’s so good to be loved by the King.
When was the last time you showed your love for the Master? When was the last time you showered God with your love? When was the last time someone saw Jesus’ love in you?

Sisters, we can shower our love on God by being intimate with Him, spending time with Him and accepting basking in His love. We can share Jesus with others by showing kindness, patience and forgiveness toward others.

Happy Valentines! Tell someone you love them, and let them know they’re loved by our Magnificent Creator.

Prayer: Father, I love you. You mean everything to me. I’m blown away by Your special love. I appreciate Your love that daily covers me. Thank You, Father, for loving me.

ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM! ™

Reminiscing

“You had my mother give birth to me.You made me trust youwhile I was just a baby.I have leaned on you since the day I was born;you have been my God since my mother gave me birth.”(Ps. 22:9-10, NCV)

My aunt, my mother’s sister, sent me an old picture. In the picture was my mother holding a baby and standing next to her sister. I asked my aunt if it was me that my mother was holding, but my aunt wasn’t sure. I’d like to think it was me because the baby is holding on to my mom, grasping her shirt, but the baby is looking the other way. I want it to be me….

Of course, that picture brought back memories, some emotions, and yes, questions. Oh, how I wish my mother was still alive. I wish I could talk to her, get motherly advice, and have long conversations on the phone. I wish we could meet for lunch and dinner; my family would take frequent trips to grandma’s! I would watch my mother as she’d spend time with my children, her grandchildren.

My mother died when I was three. Therefore, I only remember a small glimpse of her and the things she did. I know she was very beautiful and a joy to be around. She was so beautiful! She had dark mocha skin, a gorgeous figure, and a smile that made everyone smile. I’m sure that her smile lit up the room and made a lasting impression on everyone. She was so beautiful!

I hear stories of how my mother would gather all the neighborhood children, along with her children, nieces and nephews. With a switch in the one hand, a bible in the other hand, she’d take us all to church. And man! Did she have a voice?! She had a voice like an angel! Boy, she could sing!! When she’d lead a sung, the Holy Spirit would have His way, using her voice to tear up the church! I wish I could hear her voice now or remember her sound. I know it must have been beautiful!

With her voice and her beautiful spirit, I know she was a blessing to others. Looking at that old picture brings back old memories, old emotions, and those same old questions. I have so many questions. I’ve heard people say, “Don’t you question God!” But I say, “If I can’t ask my Daddy, who knows all things, who can I ask?!

Even though I have my questions and even though I wish my mother could have lived to see me grow up to become a wife, a mother, and a godly woman, I know without a shadow of a doubt, all of this was part of God’s perfect plan. I know that my God’s plan is perfect and wise! His plan is not to harm His children, but His plan is to give us a future and a hope!

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” (Ps. 42:11, NKJV)

So, as I reminisce about my beautiful mother, I can be glad and rejoice in the Lord. I can be glad and rejoice because “…my hope is in the Lord. He gives me confidence that this world doesn’t know. He’s the Lord of creation and whatever the situation, I’m glad for my hope is in the Lord!” (Sing it Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir!)

Here’s a scripture passage that I have been clinging to for some time now. It has given me that push when I wanted to quit. May God’s Words bless you and give you confidence in the Him. May it remind all of us to keep our eyes on God!

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jer. 29:11, NKJV)

My sisters, though our past may have been dark and gloomy, because of God, we have a future that’s bright and promising! Have a blessed Thursday!

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

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Originally posted January 31, 2013.

Our Father Loves Us!

“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God!” (1 John 3:1a MSG)
My Heavenly Father’s love for me causes me smile, cry, and be blown me away. I am so amazed at the indescribable love that the Father has for His children. I’m in awe of His love. Oh, how He loves me. Oh, how He loves you! I wish I could find an extravagant word that could describe God’s love. He loves much. When I think about His love, how He loves us, and how He proves His love for us daily, tears fill my eyes. I have no doubt that the Creator loves me so dearly, and I love Him so much (1 John 4).
Growing up, I needed my earthly father’s love. I wanted it, but I never got it. My Daddy never showed me he loved me and if he did love me, I never saw it, heard it, or knew it. I wanted to be loved by my Daddy, I needed it. It was so important to me and I believe that’s why I craved it so bad. I needed hugs, I needed validation, and I needed love from other people because I did not get those things from my Daddy. I longed to hear my Daddy tell me that he loved me, tell me that he was proud of me, and give me a big hug. Growing up, those words never came out of his mouth until my late thirties (this is when better late than never is so wonderful!!). When my Daddy finally said those words I longed to hear, I was like a kid in a candy shop. I cried like a baby, I wanted to scream, I was relieved, I blushed, and I was so happy.

Hearing my Daddy tell me he love me was like ointment and medicine for my broken soul. Those words were bandages for the wounds and scars that I had for many years, and finally they were being healed. Now, whenever we talk on the phone, he makes it a point to tell me he loves me. Whenever, we see each other, my Daddy gives me a big hug. He tells me he’s proud of my and how smart I am. Now I know he loves me!
Unlike my Daddy, God has been telling me and showing me He loves me since the beginning of time. God has been telling you and showing you that He loves you before you even existed. God adores you! He loves us. We are always on His mind; He’s always thinking about us. Before He created this world, He was thinking about you and me. Oh, how He loves us!
If we want to know how to love, if we’re looking for love, if we want to experience real love, all we have to do is look to the Father. His love is so remarkable, and it’s so good to be loved by Him. He loves us even when we’re wrong (that’s what gets me….my God!). He loves us even when we are a mess (Eph. 2:4: Rom. 5).
It’s Hump Day! Here’s our biblical principle to help us over the hump.
“But God is rich in mercy, and he loved us very much. We were spiritually dead because of all we had done against him. But he gave us new life together with Christ. (You have been saved by God’s grace.)” (Eph. 2:4-5, ERV)
In spite of ourselves, our Father still continues to love us. Now, that’s astounding! During your Quiet Time, read the Fathers Love Manual (The Bible) and bask in His Love.
ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM! ™

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Demonstrate Love

Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
*Reposted/Revised: 2/9/15

I enjoy watching romantic comedy and love movies especially with my husband. Some men call them “Chick Flicks.” I love happy endings and when I watch a movie that ends with no happiness or love doesn’t save the day, I’m a little upset. I feel robbed! Someone once told me, “Girl, love movies are not real,” but I have to disagree.

One of the attributes that I adore about God, well, I adore all of them, but the one that constantly draws me closer to God is His amazing love. God’s love picks me up when I have fallen. When I’m having one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, His love brightens my day. Daily, He reminds me and shows me that He loves me. I am amazed at the love God has for me. He loves unconditionally. He loves us when we don’t love Him back. He loves us when we don’t want to be love. He loves us when we fail. He loves the coldest, the cruelest, and the most hateful person. He loves the murderer, the homosexual, the drug addict, the prostitute, the drunk, the liar, the thief, the cheater. He loves the sinner. He loves me. He loves you. He loves like no one else can. God’s love is amazing!

God’s love doesn’t reject us, but His love embraces us. His love chases after us. Because God loves us and we love Him, we can love one another. We can show love to someone else. We can show love to the one who feels unloved and unworthy. We can show love to that mean boss who never smiles or that co-worker who always complains. We can show love to the person who has wronged us. God showed us a great example of how to love when He sent His one and only son, Jesus. And He wants us to have love for one another (1 John 4:7-21). Let’s love like Christ by doing the following:

Look past faults. We can look past the person’s faults. Remember, we have faults of our own, but God, who is rich in mercy, still loves us. (Eph. 2:4) Daily, He looked past our faults and sees our needs.

Keep no record. Don’t keep a record or an account of how many times that person has wrong us. Love them anyway (1 Pet. 4:8). Christ doesn’t give us a limited amount of times He’ll forgive us. He doesn’t keep bringing up what we did the last time. His forgiveness has no limits!

Learn to love like God. We can love others by learning how God loves. We can read about His love and gain insight from His Word (Eph. 5:1-2). Get familiar with His love book, the Bible, and eventually, His love will begin to rub off.God demonstrated His love for us and He wants us to demonstrate love to others. Let’s take advantage of all the opportunities that God will make available for us to exhibit love.

My sisters, it’s Monday…already! Love on someone today.

During your Quiet Time, read Ephesians Chapter 5: 1-2 and allow God’s word to minister to you!

“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” (Eph. 5:1-2 MSG)

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QUIET TIME

ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM!

*Originally posted: 4/25/11

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