The Voice

John 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (King James Version)

Parents around the world will agree with me on this! How many times have you been in a crowded place and your kids were not even with you, yet when you heard MOMMY or DADDY your head immediately turned in the direction of the sound? You just knew you heard YOUR kid’s voice above the noise! You had to laugh at yourself because you knew exactly where your child is at that moment and they could NOT be calling you!

Another parent moment is when you are in a crowd and you hear a small voice calling you and you KNOW that it’s your child. I mean, there is no doubt that your baby is calling you and you turn to see what may be wrong. How is it that you could tell this voice belonged to YOUR child? Amazing isn’t it?

We recognize the voice of our children because we know them and they know us. Living together, loving each other, and spending time with them, enables us to get to know them intimately. I often have said that I KNOW my children, I know what each of them are capable of doing and I know what certain behaviors belongs to each one. If you tell me someone did such and such, I can tell you who did what without you telling me the name. That comes from experiencing the good and bad sides of each and them and learning their likes and dislikes.

In 2013, I long for the same relationship with my Savior. It is time that I do His Will before my own and do it well. If He says go left, I will go left. If He says stop and stand still, STAND STILL I WILL! We truly have no time left for playing games with the thing called life and take our Christianity more serious than ever before.

Just last week, on the same day, two of my friends called on me to pray for them. I was humbled that they thought of me when they needed someone to pray! Who me? The same lady who feels always in the middle of a mess? The same one who at times talks a good game but inside is scared and seemingly on the edge all the time? Who am I that I could pray for someone else when I need prayer myself?

In my moment of self-doubt, God showed me that if I am His follower, why should I not be the one called on to pray? Who else can His people go to, if not me, a proclaimed believer in the One who can fix all things? I was reminded once again that it is not about me. There is no goodness, on my own, to do anything. But as I yield my will to His, as I listen to His Voice, telling me what to do – I CAN DO ALL THINGS!!!

Are we doing everything in our power to live out His purpose for our lives? Are we learning daily to weed out the noise of the world and hear His Voice above all others? How can I know His Voice? I know that I need to spend more time with Him intimately so that I can always know that it is truly His Voice that directs my every step.  I encourage you to do the same! We can make this year our best ever – living fully and completely in victory and service as we win others to Christ with our testimonies!

I hear Him calling me and my answer is completely and fully YES!!!!!

Victorious Living Means I Will Hear His Voice and Obey Even if It’s Uncomfortable!

Graduation of All Graduations!

2 Timothy 4 – King James Version
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

By now, EVERYONE on the planet should know that I graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology on December 8, 2012. And added to that, I did it with honors, MAGNA CUM LAUDE. Yes, I am proud of that fact. Not a boastful pride, look at me! No, it is a pride that comes from realizing a dream. I had a dream of finishing college, pursuing my education so I could be more than just a file clerk (my first real job). Along the way, I gave up my dream for pure foolishness. I can look back and say that now, but back when I stopped going to school, all I could see was what I wanted right then. The dream took a back seat.

As life would have it, I had my share of ups and downs and became a mother to three beautiful girls. Maturity set in and I realized that it was not only about me but them. I have preached college to them literally from birth. Speaking into their lives, I decreed that they will go to college; they will get their education while they are younger, and they will do better than I did in that area. No question, no choice!

My supervisor, Dr. Theodore Pikes, encouraged me to go back to school a little bit after he came to work at NCCU. He told me I could do it and that I had so much more potential than what I was doing. After much debate, I enrolled and my first class was in the summer of 2008. I was accepted late and therefore, registered late and was late to my first class. I felt so overwhelmed when I walked into that classroom and was the oldest person in there. I kept going though, and found in many classes I would be the oldest and that was ok with me. I was now pursuing my dream again and nothing would stop me.

So, four years later, I marched with about 500+ other student, into that gymnasium, strutted across that stage, and graduated! I had finished my course, run the race, crossed that finish line and grabbed my prize – my degree!! YES!

As I sat in that crowd, I was overwhelmed with thoughts of how it would be to receive my crown of righteousness. I was very proud to have on my black cap with the 2012 tassel but what would it be like to get my CROWN!! That day, I was among so many people and I normally do not like crowds like that. Just gives me a closed in feeling. But we were all there for the same reason – we had worked hard and was now seeing the dream realized!

My God! What will it feel like to be among the numbers that look forward to the return of our Lord and Savior? How much more will I be rejoicing when He lays that crown upon my head and tells me well done? O bless the Lord with me!!!!! Because not only will there be a crown for me – there will be one for all of us. Every last one of us who believes in Him and does what He says to do!

Just think about it! My my my! To be among the numbers who see Jesus, the One who sacrificed His very life so that I can have the life I am living now! As always, the tears begin to form when I think about what He did for me, for you! I walked across that stage and felt so good but how will I feel when I walk towards Jesus, when I sit at His feet! Glory to His Name!!!

That is the graduation I yearn for more than anything! What a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see JESUS, we’ll sing and shout the victory!! That will be the graduation of all graduations! I will have passed every life test, turned in all my heart assignments, and even if I was the last one running in, I WILL HAVE MADE IT!

My prayer continues to be that I will fulfill His purpose for me. I am determined more than ever to be invincible and steadfast as I continue on this journey. I want my name to be called on that great Graduation Day when Jesus returns. I also want to have as many with me as possible. So 2013 will see me being more about Jesus. If you don’t want to hear what He says on a matter, don’t call me! Because I am commissioned to tell you what He tells me to say.

May the work I’ve done speak for me! See you there!

Walking in Victory in 2013!