Am I Ready?

As I mentioned in the last one, I want to talk about the waiting process a little bit. First thing, I want to drop on you is God is a God that does exactly what he has promised! At no point does God’s word return to Him void.

“Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news —that God does what he says.” Psalm 22:31

The only way I feel to get through the waiting process is by filling up on God’s word. There is a difference between fact and truth. Fact can be you’ve been praying and waiting on God to do a particular thing for you for the last 5 years, but TRUTH is in His Word. And the only thing that can combat the facts is His truth. 

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

So the truth in this is, regardless of how long we’ve been waiting, our time table is not God’s time table. God knows exactly when is the BEST time to fulfill those things we’ve been desiring. I make emphasis on best, because a lot of the time we think we’re ready now, when God sees the full picture and knows beyond what we yet know. God can see that if we received our heart’s desires at this very moment, we would mishandle it somehow. It is not His desire to give us something prematurely, only for us to lose it ultimately. It is also not His desire to bless us, if He ultimately knows we may stray away from Him and start depending on the gifts and not His power. 

There is a scripture that says God “is a jealous God”, not envious as we would define it. This means that God loves and cares for His children that he doesn’t want to give us over to the things that can destroy us. He cares for us deeper than we can understand, so He isn’t being slow at fulfilling our prayers, He is waiting for the appointed time when those things coming to pass wont destroy/control us. 

So, the next time you find yourself grumbling about how long you’ve been in this season of your life or how ready you believe you are – remember that God is the all-knowing God and if you haven’t received it yet, then you TRUST that God definitely knows more than you and at the appointed time you will receive.

(Reference Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “A Time for Everything”)

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for all the times I felt my timing was better than yours. I put my faith in knowing that you are God that hears my cries and I know that at the right time you will bring it to pass. Thank you for being my Father and friend that I can voice my frustrations with, but I pray for peace and strength to get through my waiting season. In Jesus name. Amen.

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It’s YOURS!

Today’s message is more of a declaration. The last couple of weeks for me, God has been showing himself as, God of the impossible. He has been pushing me to pray for things that are far too big for me to handle on my own. So my desire for anyone reading this, is for you to know that the things that you speak in the atmosphere, that you release to God – KNOW THIS :

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, and you will receive.” – Matthew 21:22

Pray. Believe. Receive. Pretty simple, right? The hard part is believing during the wait, when days, months, years are passing by and the receiving part seems far away. I’ll touch on that next week. Right now, I want you to take the time out to pray – pray hard, pray BIG! 

Things so big, that you get nervous at the idea, that this thing can actually happen! Pray knowing that your words and heart’s desires are going to a God that CAN bring these things to life. Even better pray knowing, that you are praying to a God who has seen your life in its entirety and has already seen every dream and desires come to fruition. So technically, I’m just saying pray to catch up to all the amazing things God has assigned to your name!

Prayer: Father, thank You that we are able to bring our requests directly to you. Thank You that this is more than just material things, but the matters of our heart, healing, and deliverance. Thank You for Heaven being opened over our life and I release right now supernatural transfers of the impossible to happen in my life, in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Go Again!

Theres a cartoon type of picture that has circulated on the internet for a few years, its of a man digging his way through a cave trying to get to diamonds, the picture shows that at the moment he gave up, he had one more wall to knock down and the diamonds were right. there. That picture kills me every time, because what if in life we saw the scale of our progress and how close we were to that thing, was right on the other side of us saying,”I”m done! Its too hard/taking too long”.

You have a desire, passion, career goal, house goal, car goal, family goal, weight goal, etc. You’ve tried so many times and ways to achieve this goal. For some it only takes one failure for you to stop, for others you have tried countless times and now you give up! Whatever the case is, GO AGAIN! 

Some, if not all, of the successful people in life that a lot of us reference had to fight against so many no’s, so many doors slammed in their face, but still they kept trying and were able to obtain the thing they have been working so hard for, especially when their circumstances appeared to be telling them “This is never going to work, just give up!

The scripture I am using today, is from the Prophet Elijah, who told his servant to check the sky over the sea for the evidence of rain coming. *Backstory* in 1 Kings 17, Elijah prophesied that there was going to be a great drought for a few years. In the third year of there being a drought in the land, God told Elijah go present yourself to Ahab (Ahab was a King, who was married to Jezebel and Jezebel made it her mission to kill the Lord’s prophets, so Elijah going to him was risky business), present yourself to Ahab and I will send the rain. Elijah does as he is told and when done, tells Ahab raining is coming back to the land, and sends his servant to look for the evidence.

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. 

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 1 Kings 18:43

Elijah sent his servant to look seven times. Seven times! Here why this number is A LOT. Elijah was on the top of Mount Carmel. So seven times his servant climbed up, seven times down, to say, “Bro! There is still no evidence of rain!!” Elijah is like, “I’m sure you’re not looking correctly, “Go back!” Just imagine the way the servant wanted to fuss at Elijah or say “Why don’t you go?!” 

Sometimes, we aren’t looking at our progress through the right lens. Sometimes, we expect it to look a certain way and if it doesn’t turn out that way, we count it as a loss. Sometimes, we want to step on the scale and it say down 10 pounds, instead it says .1 pounds down. But if you keep trying, and you look at things with the right perspective of all progress, whether big or small, as something to be celebrated, maybe then you will accomplish the things you’ve been hoping for all along.

“The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” 1 Kings 18:44

I’m sure the servant expected to see thunder clouds covering the sky in order to bring back proof that rain was coming, instead he saw a cloud equivalent to a human hand. But regardless of the packaging of the progress, an accomplishment is still an accomplishment,  and rain still came upon the land!

So stop beating yourself up for what you haven’t done yet, put on your faith glasses and GO AGAIN!

Clear the Room

We live in a very, very, VERY opinionated time. Everyone has something to say about everything. People judge what they don’t even have the full backstory on. Fake news is distributed so quickly, social media has become the new CNN. To make it personal, how many times have you went to someone with a good news and you got a really lousy response from them, similar to that of a *cough* hater *cough*. How many times have you shared a really cool idea with someone, but because it was too big for their brain to comprehend they suggested that you do something easier or even worse “girl, I don’t think thats going to happen”. 

Some of us have some of those individuals in our life right now and for whatever reason we still choose to keep them around…we still share our good news with them, we still ask for their input, and we still get annoyed at their response every time knowing good and well they have remained consistent in their actions. People like this only know how to celebrate with you when you’re mourning (sad,disappointed, discouraged), because as you know “misery loves company”. 

Let’s jump right into scripture:

“When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.” – Matthew 9:23-25

A little backstory for this scripture, Jesus is passing through a town and a ruler, the father of the young girl, approaches Him saying, my daughter has died come place your hand on her and she’ll live. When Jesus gets to the house all these people are crying over this little girl and just being a mess. Forgive me, but this story reminds me of every black family funeral! People being dramatic, most of these people haven’t seen the little girl or the family for years, some of these other people was probably just talking mess about the girl’s daddy and prob her mama, too. Half of these people probably owe the daddy money, but if they cry loud enough, maybe he’ll forget…I digress lol…. 

Anywho, so Jesus comes in and Jesus being Jesus, doesn’t have time for the extras. He’s like “NAH! What y’all not about to be doing is have a fit in this girl’s room!” And the people ridiculed Him like, “Bruh! Her daddy said she’s dead, I’m pretty sure she’s dead” Jesus doesn’t have time and is like y’all gotta get out! (this is really how I read the Bible, y’all, don’t judge me! lol)  BUT the MIRACLE happens when the doubters, naysayers, “misery loves company” folks CLEAR THE ROOM.

“But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.” – Matthew 9:25

Doubt is a spirit. Fear is a spirit. Depression is a spirit. Envy is a spirit…Death is a spirit. If the people around you project these things on to you, the spirit will take form and take root in you. I’m not saying this to be scary, but if you are around a cheerful person often, you yourself become more cheerful. If you are around chaos more often, you yourself start feeling like life is chaotic. If you are around a person that comes around only when things die, you yourself will start experiencing more “deaths” in your dreams, ambitions, and overall joy to take on a new day. I challenge you to be fearless like Jesus, notice the noise around you that isn’t speak to LIFE and clear them out of your atmosphere. 

Prayer: Lord, thank you that your Word constantly speaks life. I come against anyone/thing that rejoices over the premature deaths of my dreams and goals. I ask that you help and guide me to disconnect from those that wish to see me fall in any capacity and Father I pray that you place incredible people in my life that would encourage, pray, and be life givers, so that the passions that you’ve given me can be birth into this world and bear fruit, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

Please feel free to share this with any and everyone you think would need to read this. You never know there may be someone in your contact list that needs to hear this right now! Love you all and I hope you pray for me as I pray for you!

Keana Harlow 

Fingerprints

It doesn’t matter how hard someone else walks your life as a copy, only the identity of your hand can hold it. Heaven responds to authenticity, no one can fool God into getting some else’s reward. Everyone on earth was made with a set of fingerprints that identity who we are, even the magic of identical twins have different fingerprints to tell them apart from others. 

This is not for those that are constantly copying someone else’s life, this is for the person who is fearful of someone else getting ahead of them or the person who feels that they’ve missed their moment based on age, circumstances, etc. The Alpha and Omega, our Lord & Savior has crafted your whole life from beginning to end and all things that belong to you in the process can and will only to be attracted to your authentic self. 

“In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” – Ephesians 1:11

How do we discover or find confidence in who we were made to be? By spending time with God, as much as we think we know ourselves a lot of the time we make decisions based out of fear. There are many things in life that we talk ourselves out of for whatever reason, most of them being fear. Fear of the unknown, fear because we think we aren’t capable, fear because of fear. With God, His perfect love cancels out all fear, God is in the business of pushing us out of our comfort zones. So, in order to truly receive the blessings with your name on it, you have to get to a place where you are willing to discover your purpose here on Earth, and everyone’s purpose isn’t tied to a church, a lot of people are called to whatever workplace they are at or whatever career they are led to in order to bring light and love to the people God connects you with. 

So my challenge to you this week is to listen to that small voice when it challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, pray for big things that seem impossible to you, and be willing to discover new things about yourself that you never thought were there. 

Please feel free to share this with any and everyone you think would need to read this. You never know there may be someone in your contact list that needs to hear this right now! Love you all and I hope you pray for me as I pray for you!

Keana Harlow 

God’s Love

I had something really incredible written up, but I heard God say start from the top, share my love. I hope that as you read this and the way that He has me write this erases any doubt you had in your mind about how God feels about you.

The main scripture that jumps out to me is :

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” – Romans 8:35

I love this scripture, because it is first positioned as a question, that is later followed by an answer from the Apostle Paul. A little back story on Paul – before his conversion on the Road to Damascus where he encountered Jesus, Paul was known as killing followers of Christ. Actually, on that journey where he encountered Jesus, he was traveling to go capture groups of Christians: (Paul formerly known as Saul)

“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.” – Acts 9:1-2

So, back to my point Paul, whose career was based around coming against everything of God, could present a question like this and help us answer it based on his past. Surely, a man who imprisoned/killed followers of Christ would have the testimony of knowing the power of God’s love:

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 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. 39 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.” – Romans 8:37-39

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? There is nothing more powerful than the love of God. A love that has the power to heal, deliver, and set free. A love that knows the depths of your heart, the things that we hide from everyone else and He still gives us His love. No mistake you have and will make, can separate you from His love. There is a scripture that says that we are His special possession (1Peter2:9). He is the Creator of the universe, but refers to you and I as his special possession?! Just rest in that! Read the scripture over and over to yourself, to understand the depths of NOTHING EVER being able to get in the way of how much God loves you! There is nothing that can compete against it! It is hard to truly comprehend, because as humans we cut someone off if we don’t speak to them often, but how many days have gone by where we don’t acknowledge Him? Even during those times He is staring at us through the eyes of His love. What an awesome God we serve!

 

Prayer: Lord, I hope that the reader of these words can move on today and for the rest of their days, resting under the power of Your love. I pray that they understand that your love has power and it triumphs over all fear, doubts, worries, and insecurities. I pray that we all are motivated to spend more time with you, daily. For those, that are struggling right now with forgiving themselves and seeing themselves worthy to receive such a perfect love, I pray that you whisper to their hearts, mind, and soul, and even right now as they rest in You let your Holy Spirit begin to minister to the parts of them that have been holding them back with having a real relationship with You. We love You, we honor You, and we receive Your love today. Thank you Father God, Amen.

 

Please feel free to share this with any and everyone you think would need to read this. You never know there may be someone in your contact list that needs to hear this right now! Love you all and I hope you pray for me as I pray for you!

 

Keana Harlow 

Tears.

 

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This beautiful soul committed suicide today. Simone Battle is her name. I never heard of her and I am not sure that I have ever seen her picture, but today on my Instagram her picture is everywhere.

They say “RIP” as the caption. My first thought……oh no I wonder what happened?!

I read on only to find out, she’s pretty famous and the saddest part….she didn’t die, because she had an illness or got into a fatal accident-but, at some point she felt completely worthless and saw that the “only” way out was taking her life.

Several things, break my heart with this story, ONE THING completely frustrates me. 

All of the captions and I mean ALL of the captions that I SAW, referenced her beauty. Like the only reason you are sad that she took her life is because she’s beautiful ?? Now, I know alot of people didn’t know her personally, so they can only speak on what they see…….BUT, as you can see she is BEAUTIFUL, BUT her beauty couldn’t save her from the hands of depression.

We live in a society where everyone is completely obsessed with the way they look, not even necessarily for themselves, but for those watching. We have to look like we have it all together, even if we don’t. As, women some of us hide behind our make-up and some men hide behind the price tag of whatever they own. NONE OF THAT CAN SAVE YOU FROM THE HANDS OF DEPRESSION.

I know nothing about this young lady, besides the things that I’ve read online. One thing I didn’t read online, but that I’m sure of is, 24/7 people could have been telling her that she is beautiful, but that didn’t help her from depression. The crazy part would be if she got to a point where she didn’t even like the way she looked….wouldn’t that be something?!

My point is, we have to dig deeper in our relationships with people. My friends dress nice and are attractive, but I am connected with them to know when there is problem even when their hair is nice and make-up on point. Love people as deeply as you can. Honestly, care even for strangers. Say hello more often. Smile when walking down the street. Say thank you and let someone know they are appreciated. Never stop telling the ones you love that you love them. Lastly, be more compassionate, because if the first thing you think about when you hear about suicide is “they are so selfish”, then you’ve completely missed the point. I’ve never heard a depressed person say how much they love themselves and this is why they are committing suicide. Try to be more understanding. There are so many people who genuinely need help and love. Let’s stop being so selfish and be a positive impact to a crying world.

And if you haven’t heard it today I LOVE YOU AND CARE ABOUT YOU!!!