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You Just Never Know

As I sat in service listening to my Apostle speak about life and transition I was inspired hearing his testimony.  He was encouraging us to make the changes that we want in our lives and how to go about making those changes by starting with “the decision.”

He told us how he came from a family of under achievers.  He said that his family was known for being shy, not speaking out on things, and just barely getting by.  He stated that even he himself barely made it out of high school.  When he said “you’re looking at a man that barely made it out of high school,” I shook my head in disbelief.

I’m talking about a man who is a Judge (well respected and honored) in the City of Detroit, and has been for some years.  A man with the integrity that other men aspire to, a man who in his 50’s decided he wanted to go back to school just because he wants to learn more about some things, a man who’s whole family (wife, 3 sons, and 2 daughters) are all in school).  I’m talking about a man who’s daughter is a practicing attorney, and still decided to go back and get her masters degree.  So, as you can see education seems to be something that is the base of this family.

The Apostle said that he took a year out of his life as a set back to set himself up to go forward and change the history and legacy of his family.  He was encouraging those of us that sat in the congregation that day to reach for what others may not see for you.  He exhorts us all the time to trust in the plan that God has for us and for our lives.

It really inspired me to sit and listen to his testimony of accomplishing the very thing that his family was known not to do.  He re established the “talk” about his family of being under achievers to a legacy of education.  

You just never know when you look at a person and what they have accomplished, what it took for them to get to where you see them.  Not only that, you just never know what it took to inspire them to reach for what seemed to be the unreachable.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in General

 

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Behold, I Shall Do A New Thing!

Hello Everybody!

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything and I’ve really been going back and forth in my head as to what to write about, whether it be what’s new with Fragrance Cafe’ or my personal life adventures 🙂 or, my spiritual journey.

Well, many of you can probably tell that I’ve chose the Spiritual Journey.

To fill you in a little; my hubby and I joined ourselves to a new ministry after being loyal members of another ministry for about 12 years.  This happened after God began to show some things that He wanted us to know concerning His Kingdom, Kingdom Living, and the true function of a ministry.

As He began to reveal some things to us, it became evident, although not comfortable, that it was time for us to get ready to leave this particular ministry.  We stayed before God concerning this matter because after all, I was spiritually born in this particular ministry.

OK, fast forward, at the beginning of this year The Father began to speak through His prophets concerning His Will for us and what it is that He has in store for us as well as what He wants to do through us.  All year long He confirmed and reconfirmed all that He started speaking at the beginning of the year, and now He is speaking some things to me that are new.

It’s funny how when you receive a word from the Lord through one of His Prophets, you get that feeling of “uh oh, so, that is God and I’m not crazy”  or some may call it a feeling of confirmation.  At the beginning of the year The Lord began to tell my husband and I that He is going to restore us.  Then He said it again, and again, and again for a total of six times.  I’m thinking to myself, “when God tells you something concerning your life, you feel honored that He would speak to you. After all I’m speaking of The Creator of The Universe.”  The fact that God would send 6 different people who don’t know each other, or me and husband, to say “I’m going to restore you” you tend to not only be convinced, but if there is any gratitude in you at all worship should flow from your lips like a fountain.

Then one day a lady came to me and said “yes, you are a prophetic psalmist.”  I was like oh God, please don’t do this…why is it that we always feel unworthy, when God has deemed us worthy?….She began to tell me how God knows that I’ve been holding back and that He didn’t want me to hold back anymore.  She said “Apostle already knows, he’s just waiting for you to come to him so, you need to be obedient and go.”  So, I did, I went to my Apostle and told him what had been said to me and he said “yes, I knew it the first day you took the pulpit, I’m just sad that it hasn’t been cultivated before now, but its there and don’t worry, we’re watching and we’re with you.”

Since the first time the prophetic word was spoken about me moving in the realm of the prophetic, God continues to confirm over and over that this is what He wants for me.  I’m so honored and in awe of God right now.  I continue to say “yes Lord, be it unto me as You have spoken, I accept the call.”  I continue to ask God to bind my ear to His voice.  I continue to worship Him with my life, and learn and study how I can be a blessing to others.  Just when you think you’ve got it all down, God says “Behold, I shall do a new thing!”

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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My Absence

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday to you. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to access my blog thanks to an unmentionable search engine (internet explorer), but I’m back now.
It was so frustrating not being able to connect with you all. Those that come to my email I could read but not respond at all. So, look forward to some responses on some past blogs on my favorites.

So much has been going on. I’ve created some new fragrances and a couple new products. Of course I’m always reading and researching to see what I could come up with next.

Things are moving right along at the new church home, it’s been officially 5 months since we’ve joined now.

Of course you can’t have life without its ups and downs and I’ve had a few of those too. I’ve also had some very inspirational contact with old friends and new ones. I’m grateful for that.

Now tell me, what have I missed with you all…don’t spare any details.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in General

 

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Strategic Prayer

The Bible says in Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
 
We see that iniquity is abounding and the love (common compassion) of many is waxing cold. Let us begin to truly seek the Face of The Father to shield and protect our loved ones and even those that we don’t know.
 
I am requesting that you not only pray the prayer with me, but send it to other prayer warriors that you KNOW will PRAY.
 
Father, we come humbly before your throne seeking grace to help in the time of need.  We remind You of Your Word that states if any two agree as touching anything, whatsoever we ask will be done.  So we come in the Mighty name of Jesus Father on behalf of the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this Nation.  Father, we rebuke the spirit of violence, rage, murder, rape, molestation, lasciviousness, hatred, destruction and decay, lies and deceit in the name of Jesus.  We come against every evil assignment and bind the hands of the strongman assigned to the region of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this nation. We loose him from his assignment in the name of Jesus, we Plead the blood of Jesus over every citizen, over every home and business,  we rebuke every spirit of fear and drawback in the name of Jesus.  We rebuke the spirit that comes to dishonor Fathers, and Mothers, and the elderly in the name of Jesus.  Father, we continue to ask that You return the heart of the fathers, and mothers back to the children in the name of Jesus.  We stand in unity Father praying for restoration of everything that has been broken down, destroyed, and decayed and we thank You for doing it even now Father in the name of Jesus.  Cause intercessors from all over the world to pick up this prayer in the spirit realm and began to prayer to strengthen the stand of righteousness in the name of Jesus.  Cause the saints everywhere Father to be Sober and Vigilant, and to stand and fight against the enemy that is on the prowl and seeking to destroy. 
 
In the name of Jesus Father, we ask that you would send the same anointing that You sent to the burning bush that burned before Moses, but was not consumed, send that anointing of fire Father to burn in the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this Nation, and to sanctify the ground and make it Holy. Send revival Father and turn back that hearts of the people to You in the name of Jesus.  Help the saints of God to redeem the time Father, catch us up in the spirit realm to do the work that You have set us in this Earth to do in the name of Jesus.  We thank You Lord for answering our prayer in the name of Jesus.  This is the confidence that we have, that You hear us, and if we know that You hear us, we know that whatever we ask according to Your will You will do it.  We know that Your will is to bring redemption to every soul and we decree and declare it to be so in the name of Jesus. Amen.
 
BE ON YOUR POSTS WARRIORS! THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!
 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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What Discovery?!

Let the scientists tell it they’re always discovering some “new” planet or galaxy or whatever they want to call it….The fact of the matter is….It’s not new because God created it, it’s just newly discovered to them. We know that the human eye cannot behold all that God has created at once, and certainly will not discover all that He’s created in our lifetime.
Let us look at Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Then take a look at Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.

To me all of this says that Our God, which is the Creator of all things has created things that our eyes haven’t seen, but from time to time He uncovers things for the human eyes to see.

Thank you for reading. I look forward to your comments.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Adventures On The Road Home

This blog is to mark the transition of my life as my husband and I step out on faith to find a new home church.  God began to reveal some truths to us about faith a couple of years ago and He desires us to be in a place where we can grow in what He has begun to reveal to us.

We started visiting this one church and our spirit leaped within us as we sat in the first service.  God began to speak to us about some hurt that we suffered and we received what God had for us that day.  The musical portion of the worship service blessed us from the first sound.  The freedom of expression in worship is one of the things that we were looking for so, this made us feel right at home.

As the word went forth we began to feel some long chains fall off of our minds.  It was truly a pleasant and inspiring experience.  Later that week we went back for bible study and more of the same happened.  We were able to see where we had been programmed to think a certain way, which God had already began to reveal truth, and now those things were being broken off.  Liberty began to truly engulf us and make us free.

Skip ahead to week number two in this adventure.  We are on our way to church and as we were on the road about to turn down the road in which the church is on, I felt a “boom” and then the car slid.  Puzzled, and startled, I admit I said “what the hell?!”…I looked at my husband and he said I think the axle just broke.  I thought to myself, “you have got to be kidding me.”  He got out and popped the hood and looked under there and said, “yep, the axle broke.”  I just couldn’t believe this was happening.

My husband got back in the car and calls his friend, who owns a towing service, to request help.  He agreed to help, but stated that he wouldn’t be to the city for about 3 or 4 hours.  I thought to myself…are we suppose to just sit here?….my husband informed his friend that the care would be parked on Outer Drive at Stotter.  He looked at me and said, “baby, were gonna push this car to the side and walk on down to the church.”  At this point I’m thinking, are you kidding me?  I thought we were going to sit here and wait for the tow truck, its cold, I have on 3 inch heel boots.  

Now you’re probably thinking oh my God, what in the world?  But I am one who has learned to be submissive to my husband regardless of whether I think he’s right or not because I know that it pleases God that I obey Him.  So, honey directs me what to do and gets behind the car to push, and out of nowhere a gentlemen comes to our aid to help push and then disappears down the street.  We parked the car, I said, “I plead the blood of Jesus over this car” and we walked on down the street.  The good thing is that my heels were the thick kind so, they really weren’t hard to walk in, but the enemy began to bombard my mind with things and for a minute I began to wimper as I walked.  This continued for a minute until I began to think about how we could’ve been at the half way point and further from the church and home so, I thanked God for allowing us to be so close to the church.  Then I thought about the fact that we were suppose to have my mother in law with us that morning, but she wasn’t feeling well enough to come with us so, I thanked God that we didn’t have to have mother out here in this weather walking on a cane down to the church.  I thought about the fact that nobody was directly behind us in the turn lane to crash into the back of us as the car abruptly came to a stop so, I began to thank God for His divine protection and timing upon us and with us.   Then I just began to pray in the Holy Spirit because I remembered that the bible instructs us to build up ourselves in our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost.    Then I just began to recall all the scripture that I’ve studied, read, and confessed about God taking care of us, being our shepherd, no weapon formed shall prosper, all things work together for good, the father knows the things that ye have need of, my God shall supply all of your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.  I just began to remind God of His word.  We got to the church and the musical portion of worship was high and in full swing so, they held us at the door so as not to break the moving of the spirit.  So, just as I stood there I raised my hands and began to praise God right where I stood until they allowed us to go to our seats.  When we got to our seats, I set my stuff down and went full on into the presence of God praising Him like I always do, loudly and with tears.  I told God that “it looks bad, but I trust You Father.” “You are my God, my shepherd, my king, my Lord.”  I mean I just praised him with abandon because I began to realize that this was an opportunity for God to yet again show us who He is.  We stayed for the whole service and God encouraged us even in the midst of the service.

We were able to get our car towed to where we wanted it, get food to eat, buy the axle for the car, and set up for it to be fixed the next day and then get home safely, warm, and sound.   I was exhausted so once we got home, I ate and went and laid down, thanking God for how he took care and caused everything to line up for us in spite of all that had happened that day.

I could have just allowed the enemy to fill my mind with a bunch of junk about how we were broke and wouldn’t be able to get the car fixed, and how we had nobody to come to our aid and nobody really cared about us anyway.  He even stooped so low as to tell me that if we would’ve been still going to the other church somebody would’ve came directly out to get us.  I’m so glad that God’s Word is my source and answer for my life concerning everything in my life.  The Word of God will sustain you, strengthen you, encourage you, and cause triumph to come to you.  There are angels assigned to minister for heirs of salvation, of which I am, and they respond to the voice of God’s word.  When we speak the Word of God, He hastens to perform it by sending forth ministering angels to bring us into His best.

Now the next day is a whole other story…but you’ll have to come back to read that.  Thanks for your time today and joining me on my adventure on the road home.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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No More Religion

At first glance one would think that I am having a problem with God.  Not the case.

It is the complete opposite.  What I do have a problem with is the traditional way of doing things.  God began to deliver both my husband and I from  “religion” and “religious mind sets” a couple years ago.  Over the last 9 months He has really been opening our eyes to alot of things that concern us and what our place in Him should be.  I am one who has always believed and taught that God does not desire religion, but He desires relationship with us.  If we look back through the Bible we see where God spoke directly to those that He had relationship with.  He spoke and gave them direction, instruction and advice to those that sought to hear His voice, and those that had relationship with Him.

Most of the time we see where God gave instruction to people it was not always the popular or expected traditional thing to do.  God does not change, but His methods don’t always stay the same, I mean He is God so He can do that right? LOL!   For so many years people have been locked into a certain way of doing things, whether it be in our personal lives, in church, or ministry and even our work lives, but I wonder what would happen if we start to adopt a way of doing things for the reason of purpose, living life as God sees fit, and for the benefit of ministering to our family and friends; especially when it comes to those in our lives who don’t attend church.  How will we reach them with the love of Christ if all we do is sit up in church all the time? 

Now don’t get me wrong.  I believe that as believers we aren’t suppose to “forsake” the assembling of ourselves together.  For it is in fellowship with the brethren where we draw strength, hear from God and receive encouragement for a long anticipated week ahead, but we just can’t isolate ourselves from friends and family just because we have to “go to church” all of the time.  Jesus gave of His time to people in all situations, and we should be doing the same.  We show people who Jesus really is in our humanity.  Letting people see that believers are people that care enough about them to take off from “church” sometimes to minister to the needs of people whether it be naturally or spiritually.

Today is Christmas.  Normally my husband and I would already be at church making sure that everything in our respective “auxiliary” is in order.  We would probably be so aggrivated right now because since it is Christmas and “the world” is coming to church today, we want everything done in more excellence than normal, and getting no cooperation from the people around us, but we aren’t at church.  I’m sitting here with my laptop blogging, he is working on a photo project and I don’t feel any pressure to perform for people or any condemnation from others trying to make us feel guilty for not being there.  We recognize and realize that God is shifting us.  He has changed our thought process and the way we do things.  I know that there are those who would frown on “christians” not going to church on Christmas, but our being in service is not the grounds for our salvation from God or the basis of the relationship we have with Him. 

In a relationship you spend time with the one that has your heart.  You make time to talk to them and share your heart on a regular basis.  You find out what it is that’s important to them and you make it your business to make sure that they know that whatever is important to them is important to you.  Well, our relationship with God should be the same way.  We apply the word of God to our lives daily, spend time talking to Him and learning Him and His ways, and what pleases Him.  We have a mindset that matches His and practice those things on a regular basis to show Him that not only are we interested in Him, but truly interested in pleasing Him.

Religion on the other hand says go to church everytime your church has a service, make sure that you don’t put anything before God is what they tell us….but, let me help you with something, putting our family or even strangers before a church service is not putting them before God.  God has placed believers here to be reconcilers of people to Him and people to people and we cannot reach our family or other unchurched people if all we do is go to church evertime the doors open.  It is past time for us to be so in tune to the voice of God that He can direct us to do things differently than what is expected of us by man, and we not feel guilty about it.

Religion says “can’t nobody judge me but God” but a relationship with God says I want to think, act, respond, live, and be like Jesus all day everyday of my life.  God is still holy and He still expects us to be holy.  Now I didn’t say “spooky and deep” I said holy….simply put, whatever God considers sin so do we, and whatever calls right we call right.  It’s not in the clothes, the fine speech, or where we come from, but by grace are we saved through faith.  God wants relationship, and when we begin to tap into that relationship with Him, religion won’t have such a high place in our lives.

Merry Christmas to all and may you begin, if you haven’t already, walking in a real relationship with God and say….”No More Religion”

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in General

 

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