Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tuesday Morning Prayer

Happy LOVE & Black History Month!
Greetings and welcome new Freedom Walkers! Shout outs to all of you!

We are making preparations for our Prayer Breakfast this Saturday. Yes! The excitement is in the air! To help us get mentally, spiritually and emotionally ready for what God will do on that great day, I’ll be sharing some of my past devotional prayers. These prayers will also be included in my upcoming book, Tuesday Morning Prayer. Look at God!!

I pray today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional prayer will motivate and inspire you to press your way into the presence of the Lord.

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Tuesday Morning Prayer

“But the LORD watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.”
(Ps. 33:18-19, NLT)

Most precious and loving Father, in the name of Jesus, we come before Your presence with thanksgiving and praise. We want to thank You and praise You for allowing us to see a brand new day and a brand New Year. We praise You and thank You for Your many, many blessings! We praise and thank You for what You’re already doing in 20136

God, on day 23 of February 2016, You’re already showing up and showing out!! Lord, we thank You!! Not only that, but we praise You for Jesus Christ! Thank You for allowing Him to live in our hearts! He’s the reason why we live, move, and have our being! He’s the reason why we’re clothed and in our right mind! Father, we’re so grateful for Your Son! We know that without Jesus, we’d be lost like a ship lost out at sea, with no destination, no sense of purpose, being carried away, tossed to and fro upon the waves of destruction. Thank You, Jesus, for finding us! We praise You, Jesus, for keeping us!

Father, we appreciate all that You do. You do wonderful and great things for us. You protect us, look after us, care for us, and love us! As a Loving Father, You never give up on us. You continue to show us Your Great Love, and Your Great Mercy. Thank You for Mercy and thank You for Grace! Lord, we thank You for being so patient with us and always giving us another chance. Over and over again, You forgive us! We thank You for never getting tired of our mess. God, we thank You for knowing us, but still loving us. We thank You for the thoughts You have toward us! You think good thoughts about us, not evil. Father, we love You! We appreciate Your amazing love! Your unfailing love never runs out!

Lord, we make our petition unto You. Lord, we need You today and every day! Lord, we need You to lead us. Be our guide, Father. Lead the way. Lord, crucify our flesh today and Holy Spirit reign over us. Be Lord over our lives. Father, we ask that You would help us allow the Spirit Man to govern our walk today and every day. Lord, help us to surrender our will to Your Will. Help us to walk not according to our flesh, but according to Your Spirit. Lord, we yield to the fruit of the Spirit. We yield and surrender to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Loving Father, we asked that You would crucify our flesh and let Your love abide. Crucify our flesh and help us to celebrate the joy of just knowing You. Crucify our flesh and let the Prince of Peace fill our hearts and mind. Master, give us patience to wait on You; give us patience with ourselves and with others. Father, show us how to be kind toward everyone we come in contact with. Lord, fill us up with Your goodness so that others may see You in us. Lord God, we ask that You would increase our faith, help us to be more committed to You, committed to Your work and to Your ministry. Help us to have faith in You, never doubting Your Word.

Merciful God, show us how to show mercy to others. Give us the spirit of humility, and teach us how to be selfless. We don’t want to live a selfish life anymore. Perfect God, give us that quiet spirit that will cause us to think before we speak and think before we act. Show us how to have self-restraint and be disciplined in our Christian walk. Father, we live for You and not for ourselves. Father, we crucify our flesh so that we can please You.

Heavenly Father, show us how to live a life that’s filled with praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto You. Strengthen our prayer life so that we may commune with You daily. Father God, we ask that You would bless us indeed! Expand our territory. Please be with us in all that we do, and keep us from evil, from all trouble and pain.

Now, Father, we continue to be thankful and be hopeful for what You’re doing and what You’re about to do. We thank You for what’s to come in 2016! In every situation that we face today, may we see the good in it and not the bad. May we not complain, whine, or find fault, but may we remain thankful and hopeful in You. For You are a loving Father who causes all things to work for our good (Rom 8:28). Lord, this is our petition, and we pray that You’ll grant us our request just like You did for Jabez (1 Chron. 4:9-10).

We ask it all in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

“We put our hope in the LORD.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD,
for our hope is in you alone.”
(Ps. 33:20-22, NLT)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be motivated by today’s VIDEO. Allow all these things to encourage you to walk in freedom!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart.

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

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Demonstrate LOVE

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18, NIV)

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 didn’t saved 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 them all!) but the one that constantly draws me closer to God is His amazing love. Through His love, God 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 how much He loves me. I am amazed at the love God has for His creation. He loves unconditionally. He loves us when we won’t love Him back. He loves us when we don’t want to be love. He loves us when we fail. God 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, and the cheater. He loves the sinner like you and me. He loves us! He loves like no one else can. God’s love is so amazing!

God’s love doesn’t reject us, but His love embraces us. His love chases after us and because God loves us so much and we love Him, we should love like Him by loving one another. In John 13:34, Jesus gave a new command, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” We are commanded to love others. Therefore, we must show love. We are to love those who feel unloved and unworthy. We show love to that mean boss, the co-worker who never smiles and who is always in a bad mood. We show love to the person who has wronged us. We are to love one another like Christ loves.

Our greatest example of love was displayed when God sent His son, Jesus, who suffered and died for our sins. As Christians, God wants us to display His great love toward one another (1 John 4:7-21).

HOW DO WE DEMONSTRATE LOVE?

Look past their faults. We can look past the person’s faults by remembering that we have faults of our own. We mess up. We sin, but God who is rich in mercy, has mercy on us. Having compassion on us, God looks past our faults and see our needs. In spite of our faults, in spite of our sins, God still loves us (Eph. 2:4). And He wants us to do the same. Our Father wants us to be sympathetic, compassionate toward each other. He wants us to love, in spite of.

Keep no record. Don’t keep a record or an account of how many times that person has wrong us or messed up. Love them anyway (1 Pet. 4:8). Christ doesn’t give us a limited amount of times He will forgive us. He doesn’t keep bringing up what we did the last time. Why? Because He has thrown our sins into the sea of forgetfulness (Micah 7:18-19). He remembers our sins no more (Is. 43:25)! God’s love is forgiving, holds no record, and has no limits. We must forgive one another as He has forgiven us.

Imitate Christ. We can love others by imitating Christ. As we read God’s Word, we learn about Him and His powerful love. Paul instructs the Ephesians to watch God, observe Him, paying close attention to how He loves (Eph. 5:1-2). If we’re going to imitate Christ and love like He does, we must read His Word, meditating on His truths. The more we read and meditate on the Scriptures, we’ll begin to think like Him – act like Him and talk like Him. Through His Word, we see what real love is and what real love does. Love forgives. Love shows mercy. Love holds no record of wrongdoing. Love cleanses. Love loves. As we observe God, learn of Him, we’ll be able to love like Him.

It’s Friday! Let the LOVE weekend begin! Sisters, here’s a principle we can meditate on as we celebrate LOVE. God demonstrated His magnificent love for us through Jesus Christ while we were sinners (Rom. 5:8). As Believers, we must take every opportunity to demonstrate that same love to others.

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. Learn about her women’s ministry.
Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Just Do It!

Special shout out to this week’s new Freedom Walkers! Thanks for joining us on this journey. And God’s blessings be upon all Freedom Walkers who are committed to Christ!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting The African American Library located in the historic Freeman’s Town at the Gregory School, in Houston Texas. I accidentally found out about this amazing place while surfing the web. Shocked that I knew anything about this library that’s rich with history – I wanted to know more. Thus propelled my visit. My family and I strolled down the halls of this fascinating library, being careful to see each exhibit and read every detailed journey of Houston’s African American Fourth Ward community.

Their fortitude and commitment to leave a legacy inspire me to do the same. I’m determined to leave an inheritance for my children. I’m motivated to be persistent in accomplishing my dreams that will in turn inspire others to pursuit hard after their dreams and achieve them. I am encouraged to remain steadfast to the cause, to the task at hand.

It is my prayer that today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional will inspire you to walk in freedom!

Your sis,
Rhovonda

P.S. If you’re in the Houston area, I encourage you and your family to visit this place of history and be encouraged to get up and pursue your dreams. Click here to learn more.

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TODAY’S WALKING IN FREEDOM! DEVOTIONAL

Just Do It!

(Originally posted 10/01/10)

“After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, and then Antioch, putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy:” (Acts 14:21-22, MSG)

God gives each one of us a task to do and for some reason we think this task should be easy. But why would it be easy? Why would something that God has given us to do be easy, when the evil one does not want God’s plan to be fulfill. The evil one has been busy since day one, which is why the earth being dark, empty, and without void (Gen. 1:2). Satan has been on a mission and his very goal is to stop God’s work from getting accomplished. So when God gives us a job to do it will be challenging. It’s going to get tough, but do not quit! We cannot stop doing what God has told us to do.

Isn’t it wonderful when you know what your purpose is in this life? It’s an amazing feeling! You feel so free when you know exactly why God has placed you on this earth. That’s the freedom we feel when we are doing what God has called us to do, when we’re on the path of our purpose. That’s the victory we have when we are walking in God’s divine will!

Therefore, my sisters, if God has told you to do something, do it. If God has given you your orders, has given you your papers to go, then go do it. Just do it!! Understand, it will be extremely difficult at times. It must have been difficult for Abraham to walk with his son up the mountain to be sacrificed (Gen. 22). It took much faith. I know it was difficult for Moses to face Pharaoh (Ex. 5). It took courage. The work God has called us to do will require much faith and great courage.
Keep in mind, once we have accepted God’s plan and purpose for our lives, the devil (Oh yes, he is the deceiver!) will do whatever he can to stop God’s plan from being accomplished. But my sisters, we cannot let him!! No matter the difficulty, don’t be deterred. Trust God and just do it!

It’s Wednesday – Hump Day! Here’s our biblical principle to help us over the hump:

“Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.” (Acts 14:22, MSG)

LET’S PRAY: Father, we thank You for the call You have given us. We thank You for believing in us and trusting us with Your assignment. We ask that You would cover our thoughts. We ask that You would keep our thoughts pure. God, keep our mind on You and give us Your peace for the journey. With Your mighty power and strength, give us Your courage to do what You have called us to do. Father, we thank You for encouraging us to not quit. And so we won’t! May Your Holy Word and fresh anointing give us exactly what we need to accomplish the task at hand. We pray this pray in Your Son’s name. Amen

During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be motivated by today’s VIDEO. Allow all these things to encourage you to walk in freedom!

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. Learn about her women’s ministry.
Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Destiny

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May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
(Psalm 20:1-4, NKJV)

My family vacation was so worth it! I laughed till my stomach ached, felt the ocean breeze and the warm sun as I relaxed at the beach. I conquered my fears by rubbing a 22ft python and touched the paws and skin of an alligator. Of course, got some shopping in, did a little site seeing, and visited theme parks. I relaxed at a very nice resort, was wowed at Cirque du Soleil, and I ate at my heart’s content (I probably gained a few pounds) oh well, but I still had a great time!

Well, now, I’m back home! My time away was enjoyable, fulfilling, pleasant and much needed. It’s good to take a vacation, take a break from everything, take time away from the norm. And it’s funny how time away can give you a different and new perspective on things in life. It did for me. My time away allowed me time to reflect on my purpose, my ministry, and my life.

I realized that the very thing that God had called me to do, in fear, I was trying so desperately to run away from. God had placed such a huge desire inside of me, and though it continues to rise within me, gnawing and nagging at me, I came up with all kinds of excuses of why I couldn’t, shouldn’t, and can’t. And even now, if I’m not careful, I find myself making excuses why I can’t do what God has called me to do. My excuses, along with my fears, tries to push me away from my destiny. What about you?

Fear has a way of pushing us away from our destiny and our purpose, but thank God for the Holy Spirit. Thank God for His Word! The Holy Spirit gave me an illumination and confirmation. Don’t you love it when that happens? I had an “Aha” moment! As I reflected on my purpose, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Simon Peter.

On several occasions, Simon, the hot head, the quick tempered, quick to speak and quick to react disciple often allowed his emotions to be in charge. Simon’s emotions often dictated his actions. Simon, insubordinatly, reprimanded and scolded God. His aggression forced him to cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant, and fear made him deny the very person he confessed to be the Christ (Matt. 16:16). Simon’s emotions fueled him further away from his destiny. Simon Peter — the rock — avoided that which God had called him to be, the fisher of men, returned to normalcy and comfort. Peter ran away from his purpose and returned to fishing. (See John 18:10-27; John 21; Matt. 16:13-23; Mark 8:27-33).

I, too, have been allowing my emotions to dictate my actions. I, too, have tried to returned to what was comfortable, that which pulls me away from my destiny. I found myself doing other things to avoid doing what God had called me to do, but now it’s time. Yes, I’m still afraid, but I’m ready! It’s time for me to follow God’s path for my destiny. It’s time for you to run towards your destiny and follow after your dreams. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but what I am saying is that God is for us more than this world is against us. He believes in us and He is with us. Now, tell me who or what can stand against us!

Let me end today’s devotional with some questions for you to ponder on. Have you allowed things to deter you from your destiny? Have your emotions pushed you off your destiny’s path? Have you settled for doing what seems comfortable, the norm, and easy in order to avoid what God has called you to do? What’s preventing you from following the purpose God has for your life?

During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be motivated by today’s VIDEO. Allow all these things to encourage you to walk in freedom!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Smile

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happy mother and baby child in park making first steps . Walking and hugging.

May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. (Psalm 67:1, NLT)

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Have you notice how new parents act with their new baby? It’s funny to me, but cute. Everything that their baby does gives them so much joy. They’re excited and proud. They giggle and smile over every little thing from poopy diapers to spit ups. They ooh and aahh over their baby, like proud parents should. Every aspect of their newborn brings them so much joy and wonder. It’s beautiful to see. I remember when my husband and I were new parents. I had given birth to this fragile, beautiful baby girl. We were awe-struck. Our daughter was so beautiful to us (both of our children still are!)! All I could do was smile down at her and tell her how much I love her. I couldn’t believe I was a mom. I had given birth to a baby!

My husband and I had created this special creator. Wow! And we were going to protect our baby, keep her safe and not let anyone or anything hurt her. As I held her in my arms, so in loved, I’d study her facial features and giggle with joy at the different faces she made. I’d look at her cute little toes, tiny fingers, itty bitty ears, cute lips and her little bottom. We were just mesmerized by everything she did! We were like that with our second baby, our son, but with the first child, it was a little different because everything was so new. I was a new mom who had all those new emotions. So, of course, as a first time parent, we googooed, aahhed, made silly sounds, smile and giggled with joy over every little thing our baby did. She was our babygirl!

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!I can’t even count them;they outnumber the grains of sand!And when I wake up, you are still with me!
(Ps. 139:17-18, NLT)

God feels the same way about you and I. He cradles us in His arms and looks down upon us with such joy and so much love. Like a proud parent, He smiles down on us with excitement and pleasure. He created us and He knows all the plans He has for us. All of His plans are good, not evil, but will give us a future that we’ve hoped for (Jer. 29:11). Isn’t that wonderful! He knows our future. We’re His children and He knows all about us! He knows every tiny detail about our lives (Ps. 139:1-16). Before we were formed in our mother’s womb, before our parents came together, God knew us (Jer. 1:5; Isa. 49:1; Rom. 8:29)! He called us, preordained us, and chose us to be a holy nation for Him. He knows what we will become. He knows what we like and what makes us happy and what gives us joy. He knows what makes us sad, afraid and those things that concern us. He knows and feels and can relate to our pain. He understands our sufferings (Heb. 2:18)!

O Lord, you have examined my heartand know everything about me.You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. (Ps. 139:1-2, NLT)

God knows our thoughts, our dreams and desires. He’s at work in our lives giving us the power and strength to accomplish those dreams. He has given us the will to do what is pleasing to Him (Phil. 2:13). And if we take delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires and secret petitions of our hearts (Ps. 37:4, AMP). That’s incredible! We belong to God, and oh, how He cares deeply for us. Even though, as a loving parent, I made a promise to protect my daughter and son, to keep them safe, it is an impossible promise for me to keep. I cannot be with my children 24/7, but my heavenly Father sure can and He will. Our great God always watches over His children. The Believer has precious promises from the Lord, and He promises to keep them all (2 Cor. 1:19-21).

Today, my sister, God is with you! He’s smiling down on you. He’s shining His glorious face upon you! He’s watching over you, protecting you. At this very moment, God is at work in your life to do His good pleasure! He wants to give you the desires of your heart. He sees you and He knows what you stand in need of. He knows what you’re going through and what you’ve been through. The Father knows your suffering and because our Savior suffered for us, God is able (more than able!) to immediately run to our rescue! And He will run to our rescue! Amen!

May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’
(Num. 6:24-26, NLT)

During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be motivated and encouraged to walk in freedom!

**(Originally published 11/06/13)

 

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.