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Below is a challenge and prayer from the book,At Least Say, “Thank You!” An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. to help us get over the hump. 
Happy Hump Day!
Let’s walk in freedom together!
Your sis,
Rhovonda

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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.

Happy Tuesday!
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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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My How Things Change

“God’s way is perfect.

All the Lord’s promises prove true.

He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”

(Ps. 18:30, NLT)

 

What! December already? Where did the time go? Just a few weeks ago, I was appreciating the summer months, enjoying the long hot days. But now, we’re in the winter months (though it doesn’t feel like winter at all), and we’re getting ready to walk into a new year.

 

Where did all the time go? My, how time flies! It feels like the clock is ticking faster than ever and it’s not waiting on anyone. Year 2016 will be here any minute! Time seems to be rapidly passing me by, and it’s not stopping. Oh, my goodness!

 

Things are changing swiftly. Lately, I have been noticing how my children are growing up so fast. Yesterday, as infants, I was holding them in my arms. Day by day, my little offspring are growing, becoming pre-teens, teenagers, young adults, and then true grown-ups. Soon, my first born will be graduating from college! My, how things change.

 

There are times when everything is going perfect in our lives; so perfect that we don’t want anything to change. We tend to want to freeze time, put it in a bottle, trying our best to keep everything just the way it is. Perfect. When life is going well, we’re relaxed; delighted to be where God has us. There’s no sickness in our bodies, our children and family are doing great, no financial woes, and no drama! Everything is copacetic. All is well. But eventually, things will change. Change always comes.

 

Maybe things are not completely fine in your neck of the woods. Maybe from your point of view things aren’t perfect at all. Your life is in a whirlwind, leaving you in a daze. Maybe crisis upon crisis keeps knocking at your door. Maybe you feel that whenever you get over one hump another one comes, and you feel like drama is your middle name. If there’s a woe to be had, you’ve had them, and even though you’ve been praying for change, it has not come.

My sister, you can rest assure that change is coming; it always does!

 

Seasons change, the weather changes, jobs change, relationships change, our lives change, but the Word of God remains the same. Our faithful Heavenly Father never changes! His promises don’t alternate because of our circumstances, but every promise God gives is true and every promise He has given to the Believer will come to past.  God’s Holy Scriptures says, “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you” (Gal. 3:29, NLT). God keeps His promises! He always does!

 

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?

Perhaps all is well with you and your family or perhaps you are experiencing a tsunami. No matter where you are right now, remember things will change. As sure as this earth spins on its axis, you can be certain that things will eventually change. The only job we have when life takes us through many changes is to continue to trust the Master and have confidence that He never changes.

 

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” (John 14:1, NLT)

During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word. WATCH to today’s music video. Allow these things to encourage you to have a keep your confidence in the Father and don’t stop walking 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.

 

Job


The story of Job is a wonderful story filled with action! In this story, there’s a great meeting in Heaven. There’s the Holy God, angels, a good guy (whose name is Job), and his family. Of course, every great story has to have a bad guy who does evil, causing trouble and turmoil for the good guy.
As with any great story that has great characters, there has to be a great plot! This story opens up describing Job’s bountiful and obedient life. Job’s story is jam-packed with blessings and favor from God, with riches and honor! On the other hand, this great story is also filled with great sadness, terrible sickness, agonizing pain, loneliness, loss, and even death.
In your Quiet Time, read the entire story of Job. It’s a real page turner!
One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. “Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless-a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.” (Job 1:6-12, NLT)
Job’s story, a true story indeed, gives the wonderful principles to the Believer. Here are some Biblical truths we can pull out from today’s passage of scripture.
1. God pours out His favor and places a hedge of protection around those who reverence (fear) Him, stay away from evil, live a life of integrity, and a life of worship. God’s favor on Job made him the richest man in Uz (Job 1:3b; Ps. 1:1-3).
2. Satan can’t penetrate God’s hedge of protection (Job 1:9-11).
3. Satan goes to and fro seeking whom he may devour (Job 1:7; 1 Pet.5:8).
4. Satan recognizes Believers who have God’s favor resting upon their lives (Job 1:8-11).
5. Satan asks permission from God to test Believers, having a desire to separate them from God (Job 1:8-11; Luke 22:31).
6. Sometimes, God test Believers and, sometimes, God allows Satan to cause havoc in a Believer’s life (Job 1:8; Ps. 11:4-5).
7. God has confidence in the Believer, just as He had confidence in Job. After the testing, God will allow the Believer to come out as pure gold (Job 23:10; Ps. 11:5; Ps. 66:10-12)!
8. God allows trouble, adversities, and hardship to fall on the just and the unjust (Job 1:1-22; Matt. 5:45). 
With all the testing that Job went through, in the end, he passed the test! As a rewarded, God gave Job double for his trouble (Job 42:10).
It’s Monday…..Already! My sister, our challenge for today is this: Live under the umbrella of God’s favor by living a life of integrity.
Reverence God, worship Him, and stay away from evil. Like Job, when trouble comes our way, may we be able to pass the test! Having faith in God, we can say, “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold!” (Job 23:10, NLT)
During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word, WATCH to today’s music video and keep walking in freedom!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
*Originally posted 2/4/13

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.

It’s the Company We Keep

Ever hung around a person who did nothing but deteriorated you? What I mean is this person made your life worse by slowly draining the life from you. They decreased your joy and eroded your desire to succeed by constantly having something negative to say; they were dream killers, goal busters, and “Debbie-downers”. These kinds of people have no hope, no dreams, and no goals in life for themselves. The future, in their minds, was bleak and nonexistence because they aspired to do nothing, be nobody, and go nowhere. Since they had that mentality, their words, attitudes, actions, and presence brought down everyone around them. Why be in the company of such people? ….unless, our level of thinking is equivalent to theirs.

I do believe that we are the company that we keep. If I hang around individuals who don’t believe in doing better or becoming a new and improve YOU, eventually, I will acquire that same absurd mindset. Instead of pursuing growth in spirit (my relationship with Christ), wisdom, health, and prosperity, I’ll be satisfied with living a humdrum life with no progress as an individual and as a Believer in the Kingdom of God. Yep, with that attitude, we’ll be content being in that exact place for the rest of our lives. However, in our late golden years where wisdom should have kicked in, we’ll be lying in our bed of sorrow asking this question, “Why didn’t I do__________________?” (You fill in the blank). By then, it may be too late.

Yesterday, the Lord spoke with me about friendships. And most times, when I don’t allow my embarrassment and stubbornness to have control, I enjoy sharing God’s Words of wisdom to you, in hopes you’ll share them with someone else. So throughout the day on Wednesday, I posted scriptures about friendships on social media. And today the Lord hit me with this passage:

“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.”

(Prov. 13:20 MSG)

Now, that’s deep. (I love The Message version!) Throughout the Bible, the Lord gives us numerous principles for living out our days to the fullest. For this reason, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to give us an abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus died so that we would live. Consequently, God doesn’t want us to be imprudent, making silly decisions, living foolishly, and hanging around fools. Our great Father wants us to keep company with the wise –- one who doesn’t mind sharing their knowledge, insights, and experiences with us. God has called us to yoke up with individuals who will build us up and not break us down. And as they encourage us, He wants us to pass that encouragement on to someone else (2 Cor. 1:4).

Therefore, my sister, let’s walk with and hang around godly people who will empower us to excel (for the right reason!), inspire us to achieve any goal, and motivate us to glorify God in the process. Amen.

Happy Thursday! Let’s walk in freedom together remembering iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17).

MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD

ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM! ™

*Originally posted 11/20/14

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.

At Work!

I love reading about Jacob’s journey; it’s such an encouragement! God promised Abraham that He would be a great nation. He promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars and the sand, and He’d make Abraham’s name great (Gen. 12:2; 13:16; 22:17). So, when I read the story of Jacob, I see God’s promises coming to fruition.

In the story of Jacob, God is strategically moving things like a skilled chess player.

“When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.” (Gen. 29:31, NKJV)

“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or else I die!’ And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, ‘Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?’ So she said, ‘Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.'” (Gen. 30:1-3, NKJV)

“When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob as wife. And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.” (Gen. 30:9-10, NKJV)

In today’s passage, we see these women in Jacob’s life become part of God’s plan to multiply his seed. God uses these women to bring about His promise to Abraham, thus, giving birth to a great nation! When reading through chapters 28-31 of Genesis, we see bickering, conniving, strife, chaos, shame, loneliness, and conflict. But in the midst of all that, God is still at work! He’s still working behind the scenes to bring about the promises He’d given.

I wonder if Jacob noticed God’s work. I wonder if Jacob saw how God was putting things in motion to bring about the promises He made to him, his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. I wonder if Jacob detected a move of God. In the midst of all the commotion, fights, jealousy, plots, and deals by the women in his life, I wonder if Jacob noticed God moving. I wonder if Jacob could really see God working everything out in the midst of all of his uncle’s deceitfulness. I wonder if Jacob noticed God moving at all.

We can ask ourselves those same questions.

Do I see God moving? Am I noticing God shifting and arranging things into their appropriate position? Can I see God moving and positioning me to receive the things I’ve prayed for? Am I aware? In the midst of trying to wrap my head around things that don’t make sense, am I aware that God is moving behind the scenes or am I missing it? In the midst of all the commotion and all the noise that are going on around us, do we see God working everything out for our good? In the midst of not understanding what God is doing and trying to make sense of it all, are we aware that our God is at work? Do we see what God is doing!

My sisters, God is moving on our behalf! Don’t allow the chaos and difficulties in our lives to blind us from really seeing God’s hand at work. God is constantly at work in lives, but we’ll miss it if we keep focusing on the noise. Let’s not miss what GOD is doing, but watch Him work!!

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” (Phil. 2:13, AMP)

During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word, WATCH to today’s music video and keep walking 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.

Five Dollars

[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. (2 Cor. 9:6, AMP)

This morning, I was in the mood for some coffee and a pumpkin scone, and was willing to wait in this long (Ridiculous!) line at Starbucks. So, I waited. And waited and waited to spend my little bit on breakfast. Come to think of it, my truck probably wasted close to $10 in gas as I anticipated satisfying my sweet tooth.

It was finally my turn at the drive-thru window. I opted using my debit card instead of cash, and happily drove off excited about enjoying my pumpkin scone and fresh hot coffee. Normally, with a swift left turn, I’m back home within minutes. But not today. For some reason I decided to take the long route, even though I had been waiting in the longest line EVER. I have no idea why I went that way…..well, I do now.

This alternate route lead me directly into traffic. While waiting, once again, in traffic, at the light for metro rail, a man walks pass my truck holding a sign that reads, “25¢ goes a long way.” He wore a camouflage fishermen hat with the adjustable chin strap, baggie black gym shorts, dingy or dirty white t-shirt, and flip-flop shoes that seemed to be hiding underneath the heel of his large feet. Yeah. Out of habit, I did a quick inventory. From head to toe I believe I can determine if a person is truly homeless, a beggar, or just a con artist. Does this theory shed some truth? Not really.

Anyway, his stride decreased each time he passes a vehicle, as if to give drivers time to decide whether he and/or his cause was worthy of their coins. When he came close to my truck I looked at him in his face, then turned my head away. So he kept walking and I kept my eye on him, looking through my side and rear view mirror. These days you can never be too careful. However, I noticed the driver behind me do the same – cautiously observe this man.

After doing his initial walk through, with no donors, the homeless man (I guess that’s what he was) turned around and walked past the cars again. This time, the guarded driver behind me raised down his window and gave. At that moment, I heard, “Where’s that five dollars you had?” Huh? “You were going to give five dollars to Starbucks. Now, give it to him.” Reluctant to be obedient, I dug in my purse, fumbling through my last bit of cash to find five dollars. Quickly letting my window down, I blew my horn, but he didn’t turn around. He didn’t see me. I blew it again louder, waving the five dollar bill in my hand to get his attention. Finally, he turned around, hurriedly took the cash, smiled and said, “God bless you.”

You want to know how I felt afterwards. Conned. I immediately felt I had just been had. Like I was waiting for the man to say, “Gotcha!” Then, I said to myself, I don’t know anything about that man. Maybe he’ll use that five dollars to buy a hot meal. Maybe he’ll spend it on drugs. Maybe he was homeless. Maybe he was a beggar or just a straight up con artist doing whatever he can to get over on people. Maybe, maybe, maybe. I didn’t have a clue what this stranger would do with the money he collects on the streets.

The light turned green. I drove passed him, and he gave me a genuine smiled and waved goodbye.

You know what amazes me? I was willing to wait in a long line to give five dollars away to company whose annual revenue is over 13 billion dollars. I’m amazed that without giving it a second thought I’ll spend $20 on a meal at Chick-fil-a, and their lines are always long! On the other hand, most times, I will blatantly refuse to give my change to a beggar on the street. Why? Because I selfishly question how he or she will spend my money. But as a consumer, waiting in a fast food line, this thought never comes up.

Nope, not on a soap box today. Yet I’m grateful to God for showing me my reflection. He made it obvious that I miss out on countless opportunities to be a blessing to a stranger on the street. I fail to give my little or my last on the grounds that this person may not be legit. Shame on me, especially when I’m told to be a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7).

Earlier this morning, I was tweeted a YouTube video about these guys who randomly asked strangers for food. I was surprised, well not really, by the people’s response. This video prompt me to post “Let’s not pass up our opportunity to be a blessing to someone else (Lk. 17:11-19)”, except God didn’t allow me to post it. Unbeknownst to me, (God has such a sense of humor!) He wanted to present me with an opportunity to either eat my words or practice what I preached. Honestly, I was oh so close at eating my words. I almost missed out on my chance to give.

Prayer: Father, please forgive me. On many occasions, I shamelessly look the other way when given a chance to show benevolence to Your people. Not only have You called me to share words of encouragement, but You’ve called me to show acts of compassion and generosity too. I’m so sorry for missing opportunities to be a blessing to those in need. Teach me how to be a cheerful giver, giving bountifully expecting nothing in return. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 MEDITATION AND QUIET TIME 

ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM!

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.