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Are you going through a “drought” in a certain area of your life right now? God has showers of blessings to bestow upon you.

Are you going through a “drought” in a certain area of your life right now? You may be experiencing a dry season spiritually in which you are desperately searching for a way to get back in right relationship with the Lord. Or perhaps you feel emotionally parched – someone close to you or a difficult situation has drained all your emotional strength and you feel as though you are withering inwardly. Or maybe your finances or various streams of income seem to have all dried up.

If so, then I encourage you to call on the Lord today! He has showers of blessings to bestow upon you:

Ezekiel 34:25-26 (NIV) says, “I will make a covenant of peace with them and…I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.”

This word “shower” in the Hebrew is geshem, which means to “rain violently, pour down in heavy shower,” (Strong’s Concordance).



God wants to rain blessings in your life – and not just a light rain of blessings. He wants to pour down heavy showers of blessings on you!

Have you ever been caught up in a huge downpour of rain? I have many times. In fact, it happened again just a few months ago.

My mother and I had scheduled to go out to the store Friday and Saturday. Up until a few days before, there had been very little chance of rain in the forecast. All day Friday the weather was overcast and dark, heavy clouds filled the sky. Every so often, a few light sprinkles would fall and we thought the rain would start, so out would come the tarps to cover all our items. But the rain actually held off all day long and we had quite a successful day.

Then the rains finally came in Friday evening – and not just light, gentle rains – we’re talking huge downpours all through the night. Since we couldn’t find what we were looking for on Friday, we have decided to go out on Saturday not only to return some of the items we bought on Friday that we found better deals at a different store but to look for some new items for an upcoming event. We parked in an uncovered parking, we didn’t think about bringing a bigger umbrella but we were thankful we had a small one but think about it, a small umbrella for two!! But early that morning, after we realized the rain would not relent, we had to carry everything up, get them safe, covered and stored in our trunk. In.The.Drenching.Soaking.Rain.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love rain but on my hair though, especially when I just had it done recently. As side from that, the rain itself didn’t bother me one bit to have to get out there and haul bags back and forth while it poured. It kind of reminded me when I used to like playing in the rain as a child. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I am happy the temperature was perfect because It would have been a total different ball game. I was soaked from head to toe. I had rain dripping off the tip of my nose. My clothing was heavy and completely saturated with rain.

And that got me thinking.

God wants to drench, soak and saturate His children with His love, His goodness, His grace, His mercy, and His kindness. He wants us to flood us with blessings!

2 Corinthians 9:8-11 (MSG) says, “God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. This most generous God…is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”

In the natural, we experience seasons of drought. There are times when the grass and flowers will dry up and wither away because there’s been very little or no rain to water the earth. But no matter how long of a drought we have, eventually the rain will come.

And if we cry out to the Lord and continue to obey and trust Him even in the most difficult circumstances, He will show up in the midst of our drought, just as surely as the arrival of rain, and pour out His blessings upon us!

Hosea 6:3 (NLT) says, “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

The Lord doesn’t want you to live your life dry, parched and withering. He wants you to experience showers of His blessings in every area of your life.

Deuteronomy 28:2 (AMP) says, “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.”

In verses 3 through 14 of the same chapter, the Lord gave Israel a huge list of blessings that would come upon them and overtake them if they would obey His commands. In fact, Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose again so that we could live in those same blessings:

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’ that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” – Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJ)

Not only does the Lord want His blessings to come upon us, He wants to pour so much on us that we don’t have enough room to receive them all!

And Malachi 3:10 tells us, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

The Contemporary English Version of this verse says, “…I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.”

If we are experiencing blessing after blessing, then we are able to turn around and bless those around us, as well as those in other parts of the world who are less fortunate than us. That’s what His blessings are all about – being a blessing to others, showing them the love and goodness of a kind and generous God.

So no matter what area of your life you may be experiencing a drought, I encourage you to call on the Lord, and by faith receive the showers of blessing that He so graciously wants to pour out on you! Believe Him for them no matter what your situation looks like at the present. He will come to you as surely as the rain!


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10 Comforting Psalms: Psalms to Comfort the Grieving, Overwhelmed, & Hurting


I love the Psalms. I love the Psalms because they are full of people crying out to God from all kinds of circumstances. I think many people fail to realize that the vast majority of Psalms came pouring out of someone in pain and turmoil. Most of them are laments. They are people of God crying out to Him in the midst of their trials and heartaches.

The Psalms are beautiful because though they are sung by distressed people, they remind us that there is power in praise and there is comfort, even in the midst of pain, when we remember who our God is.

 Today I am sharing 10 of my favorite Psalms to go to when I need to feel comforted.

After the loss of my husband, these Psalms truly came through for me. I would read them over and over again in my quiet time. I would read them to the girls at bed time. There were times where I would seat silently in his presence with my favorite worship music on (no sad Songs preferably uplifting and encouraging songs) and just lament and pour my heart out to God. I tried to hide so the girls wouldn’t hear me but most time that doesn’t work. Of course I cried and trust me it’s okay to cry and let it out. The Lord hears the prayers of the righteous . (Proverbs 15:29) Cry!! Let it out if you need to but don’t stay there. Pick yourself back up! There, I found peace, Joy, comfort and strengths to make through and be strong for my girls. Each day was a work in progress but day by day, God healed my broken heart and until I my joy and strengths fully revived. Whatever you are facing, trust Him, He knows what he is doing. He’s got you. Whether you are facing a giant, a huge mountain, in need of a super natural healing or mourning over the loss of loved one, It is my hope that these Psalms would help you find comfort, peace, healing and complete restoration. Take heart, God healed my brokenhearted so He will do it for you. He is for you. He is with you and He will meet you where you are right now.

I put together this list for you. At the very least jot down these comforting Palms in your Bible.

So whether you are mourning, or just stressed and overwhelmed, I pray these Psalms bring you great peace & I pray the God of peace would surround you with His presence as you look into His Word. I pray you find comfort for your soul.

Psalm 9

But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the people with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:7-10

Psalm 16

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:8-9&11

Psalm 23

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:2-3

Psalm 34

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. Psalm 40:1-2

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2

Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2

Psalm 77

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the people. Psalm 77:11-14

Psalm 90

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. “For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. Psalm 90:2-6

Psalm 139

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in depths, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8

I hope these comforting Psalms show you that it is okay to be honest and open with God about the storm raging in your soul. He promises to be close to the hurting. He tells us our pain hurts Him too. He sees the storm raging and luckily He’s the only one I know that winds and waves obey.

Don’t let your circumstances and trials pull you from God. Instead press in to Him when life is difficult. He is our comforter.

I hope these Psalms brought you comfort. I love putting these posts together for you guys & I would love to hear from you if they are helping you. Also I would love it if you would share this post with your friends & followers. I want the world to know we have an awesome source of comfort available!

In His Grip,




3 things to know before reading the Bible in a year

ReadingThis past year I took on the daunting task of reading the whole Bible. I don’t know where this strong desire came from but it is the only New Year’s Resolution I have ever kept so YAY for that! If you are wanting to read the Bible this year, it is not too late (read to the end of this post!) unless it is August or so. I used this chronological Bible Plan in the format of bookmarks (so helpful) with a journaling ESV Bible. That’s the basics, let’s get onto the pep talk!

Find Accountability

Of course, I couldn’t take this one solo so I invited my husband and my social media friends to join me and praise Jesus that he is in with me and many others said yes. I honestly would not have finished without them. I hate to admit it but right around Laminations, I wanted to quit. I was tired of not understanding, behind in my reading plan, and it wasn’t what I expected exactly (more on that later). But they pushed me to keep going and helped me come up with a game plan to finish in time. Their determination to finish also rubbed off on me more than once.

Let me tell you, it was so fun to have someone to keep me accountable, I get to share my daily devotionals, share our victories and current struggles, pray and encourage one another and of course someone to talk to about what I was reading and even to this day we still reference things in the Bible that we read this past year. It also brought us so much closer than before so if you are dating, engaged or married I highly suggest doing this together! But if you don’t have anyone to hold you accountable reach out to me on instagram {Flore Clark for @officialflore } and I would be more than happy to check in with you every month!

Expect a General Overview

For some reason, I seemed to think that reading the whole Bible only one time would make me a Bible expert (Sorry Flore, that’s not how that works). Due to the one year limit and this being my first time, I soon realized that I was getting a general overview of what is in the Bible. Don’t get me wrong, God spoke to me daily but I didn’t know every detail of every story. I wish I realized this before I started because my frustration would have been a lot less.

Falling Behind is Ok

I have a confession… I fell behind a lot with my Bible reading. And when I say a lot I mean a month or so behind (maybe even more) but I still finished in a year! I have received a lot of messages from readers who fell behind last year and then ultimately gave up (I was almost in that same boat). It is ok to fall behind as long as you catch up. At one point I was reading three days’ worth of Bible readings every day to catch up. I don’t recommend that but it is doable. If I can do it then I know you can. So, if you fall behind just come up with a plan to get back on track. Maybe that looks like reading both morning and night? I believe in you!

I know this post may seem negative but you are set up for success. Find a plan, Bible and get to reading. YOU CAN READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR! Please share your stories with me on any of my social media pages @Officialflore . I can’t wait to see what God does. Bible-in-a-Year-2018

Remember you are so beautiful and loved.



How to read the Bible in a year

How to read the Bible in a year



 What an amazing year 2017 has been! I can’t quiet put it into words. God is full of surprises. I am SO blessed! I went from pain to purpose. I am thankful for the journey, the lessons, testimonies, Victories, Challenges and New Opportunities. It has been amazing hearing all of your stories, growing with you, and learning from each other. I never imagined when I started this devotional blog back in 2014 how much it would bless me. I am so excited for 2018 and all that is to come.

Now that the new year is here, we each have been given a blank slate to start it all over again. Let just say today is 1 of 365. What a blessing! I will let you in on a little secret I have been working on. Hahah! if you know me, this is No secret really! I have always wanted to do this but never actually did it all the way though. Believe it or not I tried to read the entire Bible before. I have gotten to closed to the end and life happened…. I am going to read the WHOLE bible this year! I will start in Genesis and go all the way through Revelation in order. Better yet a couple of friends said yes, so who is joining me on this journey! I am so excited to have them on board to stay accountable. So what are the details? We are reading through the ESV translation and using a journaling bible so we have plenty of room for notes which will be fun to look back on.

After searching for months, I couldn’t find a bible plan that would work for us and what we wanted so I decided to make my own. I organized them by monthly bookmarks for convenience. Then I broke it up by day and the chapters for each day. It averages out to about four chapters a day (not too bad).

I would love for you to join my us, and I as we dive into the word of God. So below I attached my program for your pleasure. Grab a friend, mentor, family member and get ready for God to bless your socks off! On a side note, I think it would be a great gift to give the bookmarks, a bible, and highlighter as a gift for a January birthday. I am so excited for us to do this together!

I am so grateful to have another amazing year with you. I know some of you have been following me for a while. Let me me just tell you how grateful I am for you. Thank you so much for hanging in there with me on my personal journey to grow deeper in the word. I can’t wait to see where God takes us! Let me know if you choose to do this or what your 2018 goals are to bring you close to God.

Here is the reading plan: bible-in-a-year-2018

You are so beautiful and loved.

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Our words should demonstrate the power of God’s grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. There is Power of Every Word You Speak. Commit your speech and thoughts to The Lord. Make room for zero negativity in 2018. Do A Hard Reset On Your speech In 2018.

“You are the only one who can control the way you think. Make sure you nourish the positive thoughts, and weed out the negative ones!” – Catherine Pulsifer

Every day we speak countless words, often paying very little attention to the words themselves. However, it is important to realize that we are creating our world by the words that we speak. Proverbs 18:21 in The Amplified Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

I would like you to reflect on the kind of words you have been speaking. Are they negative words or positive words? Are they uplifting words or harsh words?

You may be wondering why things are not going well for you. Perhaps you need to put a watch over your lips. Perhaps you have created your situation by the words of your mouth. Proverbs 6:2 says, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”

I have always endeavored to look on the positive side of things. Often when I am facing a challenging situation, my head wants to say, This can’t be done. However, I always allow my heart to speak a confession of faith, saying, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” (Phil. 4:13).

We need to be careful of the words we speak to our spouse, children, and loved ones. Our words can either hurt or heal. They can inspire or destroy. Too many times, we speak kindly to strangers, coworkers, or friends, but we speak harshly to our family.

Wives, it is very important to speak uplifting words to your husband as he leaves for work. He will meditate on those words for the rest of the day. The words you speak to him may determine whether he makes right or wrong decisions that day.

We should make it a practice to only allow faith-building, positive words to come forth from our mouth. I encourage you this day to put a watch over your words.

Are Death and life  in the power of the tongue? The faith teachers interpret this in a metaphysical sense instead of using a biblical interpretation. But this is not the whole Scripture, it goes on to say “And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” In other words, what you sow to others you will reap.

Let’s read the whole portion of Scripture to gain the context. Prov. 18:19-21: ‘A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.

A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” what they speak will come consequences – good or bad. Not because they control reality from their words but because what one says can affect others – words can hurt ones emotions or build them up. In fact this is the context as he starts with v.19 about a brother being offended.

The ultimate sense of Proverbs 18:21 was related to Solomon, the author who penned it. The verse can be attributed to Solomon being the king and in a practical sense he has the power to pronounce death or life (condemnation or pardon) over his subjects. In the same manner Pilate said when he spoke to Jesus he has the power of life and death. That his life was his decision As a ruler in authority, in a certain sense over sinful man he did but not over the Son of God.

Jesus affirmed that it is which comes out of the mouth, defiles a man. Not what goes in (as in eating food). Here again is the fruit from our speaking.

Let’s look at some of the Scriptures pertaining to our speaking.

Prov. 12:17-18: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.”

There are words that cut that are like a sword. The tongue can be uses as a poison or medicine. Just as James says but there is no evidence from the Scripture to believe any word spoken (good or evil) will come to pass because of any supernatural faith power contained in them. It is what the recipient makes of the words they hear. You can repeat a scripture over and over believing it but this does not mean it will take place, because there is still the will of God that controls things that will or will not happen. Power does not reside in the words we speak. We are to have understanding. Many people overcome ill words that were spoken to them. Many people believe something with their whole heart and it does not happen. What you believe that affects how you live. You can believe the truth or a lie. Believing in the truth will bring understanding.

Prov. 16:24: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”

He is speaking metaphorically, they affect us emotionally or spiritually. If one has a bone deficiency they do not go to the doctor and ask him to speak pleasant words for their healing.

The fruit of our words can do good or harm emotionally just as our actions can affect someone physically

Matt 12:34-36 “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” It’s not our words that have power to change circumstances and create as Jesus is pointing to our heart as the origin of these word. In other words is a man speaking what is righteous and true or unrighteous and false will affect others.

The passage is also about our spoken words affecting another person’s feelings, emotions (12:18,25; 16:24). What we speak affects people can affect their perceptions, even affect their circumstances. But nowhere does the Bible teach or mean that as believers we can speak things into existence. We need to look at a better explanation for this than to rely on those who want power. If this were true no faith teacher would be sick or die if life is in their tongue.

Prov. 12:17-18: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.”

There are words that cut that are like a sword. The tongue can be uses as a poison or medicine. Just as James says but there is no evidence from the Scripture to believe any word spoken (good or evil) will come to pass because of any supernatural faith power contained in them. It is what the recipient makes of the words they hear. You can repeat a scripture over and over believing it but this does not mean it will take place, because there is still the will of God that controls things that will or will not happen. Power does not reside in the words we speak. We are to have understanding. Many people overcome ill words that were spoken to them. Many people believe something with their whole heart and it does not happen. What you believe that affects how you live. You can believe the truth or a lie. Believing in the truth will bring understanding.

Friends, words are powerful. They can either bring life or destroy. Before you speak, please be cautious that your words don’t cause someone pain. I know we are human, and sometimes say things we don’t really mean, but you don’t know what someone is really going through. Learn to control your thoughts before they become words. This world is hard enough, please don’t make it even harder for someone. Let go of that petty drama stuff, and talk to one another like brothers and sisters. We have to do better at empowering each other with our words, building rather than destroying each other because our feelings were hurt. I encourage you to take a step back. Put yourself in their shoes. 9/10 someone treats you a certain way because they are dealing with their own secret battles. Be kind. Listen. Be gentle. Encourage. Suspend judgment. Be a reason someone smile today. You never know who could really need it. Spread more love, and let go of the bitterness. We are on this journey together, we have to do better helping each other heal instead of creating deeper wounds.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. – Proverbs 18:21

Did you know that what you say about yourself has greater impact on you than anything anybody else says about you? Many people are overly critical of themselves, saying, “I’m so clumsy. I can’t do anything right.” “I’m so overweight. I’ll never get back into shape.” “I never get any good breaks.”

They may not realize it, but they are cursing their future. Those words sink into their minds. Before long, they develop a defeated mentality, low self-esteem and diminished confidence. Worse yet, those negative mindsets can interfere with God’s plan for their lives.

One of the best ways to break free from such strongholds is simply by speaking words of victory. Every day, look in the mirror and declare, “God’s Word says I am strong. God is fighting my battles for me. I’m excited about my future.”

Maybe you are lonely because you don’t have a lot of friends. Instead of complaining, start declaring, “God is bringing great people into my life. I know He loves me, so I can risk loving others.”

Speak blessings over your life, and as you do, you’ll go out with more confidence, you’ll be more congenial and, in turn, you will attract new friends.

When discouragement comes, instead of sitting back and accepting it, say, “No, I’m a victor and not a victim. I may have been defeated before, but the past is the past. This is a new day.”

It’s not enough just to think it; you need to hear it, because what we constantly hear ourselves saying we will eventually believe.

Some people live in a perpetual state of financial crisis. They can’t seem to pay their bills — always living “under their circumstances” and constantly speaking defeat.

If you are struggling financially, remind yourself repeatedly, “I am the head and I am not the tail. I will lend and I will not borrow. Everything I touch will prosper and succeed.”

Your words may not be the cause all of your problems, but they can cause a lot of them and they should be given a good deal of consideration when we are looking for answers to the problems we encounter in life.

Here’s an example of things we say that sounds harmless but is actually stopping God’s blessing in your life and cursing you:

I’m poor; I’m broke; I have no money

I have (name of disease), I’ll never get healed from it.

I’m ugly

I’m a failure

I’ll never find love

God doesn’t love me

My marriage is going to fail

I’m going to lose my job

I’m stupid

I’m a worrier

I’m sick and tired of _________.

By speaking these words, you’re claiming it to be so in your life – you’re decreeing and declaring brokenness.  Even if you are sick, don’t go around claiming it, instead say you’re healed.  Do this for every other negative thing in your life.  Remember words are seeds that can yield a good or bad harvest in your life –depending on what you speak.  The very essence of our being was spoken into existence by God.  Monitor what you speak.  Every time you want to speak negative, stop, ask God to change your heart and to renew your mind.  Then, fix your mouth to speak God’s blessings upon your life instead:

I’m more than a conquerors

I’m prosperous

By the strips of Jesus I am healed

My marriage is saved

My spouse and children are saved in Jesus name

I have God’s favor upon my life

I’m the head and not the tail

I have my career job in Jesus name

We all have challenges in life, but we can make them better or worse by the way we talk about them. I don’t believe we can change all of our circumstances into pleasant ones by making positive confessions, but I do believe many of them will change according to God’s will. I simply want to teach you to be in agreement with God and learn to say what He says.

We should make it a practice to only allow faith-building, positive words to come forth from our mouth. I encourage you this day to put a watch over your words.

Perhaps you have been moved by circumstances in your life. The enemy may be trying his best to deter you from accomplishing the will of God for your life. He may have already caused you to lose your joy. You may have even allowed thoughts such as Life is not worth living anymore to enter your mind. I admonish you to kick the devil out of your life with the words of your mouth. Know that “. . . greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

With the Greater One living on the inside of you, you cannot be defeated if you will not quit!

One thing is for sure, speaking negatively could hurt you and speaking positively never will, so why not go with the positive and see what kind of results you get?


Peter tells us, “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Let the power of our words be used of God to manifest the power of our faith. Be prepared to give the reason for why we love the Lord—at any time, to anyone. Our words should demonstrate the power of God’s grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May God enable us to use our words as an instrument of His love and saving grace.


Heavenly father thank you.  Thank you Lord for your Word and blessings.  Father, I ask in the name of Jesus that you help me to speak life and not death.  Place a guard over my mouth in Jesus name that I may not speak anything that is in opposition of your word and promises I have through your Son Jesus Christ.  Father I plead the blood of Jesus against every idle word I’ve said that was negative –cancelling out its power.  From this day on I make a decision to speak your blessings upon my life and the life’s of others.  I thank you Lord that by your strength and with the leadership of the Holy Spirit I’m able to do this.  Father, I thank you in advance for the blessings your spending my way and I praise your holy name.  I receive your blessings and will decree and declare them daily.  These things I pray and ask, believing that their already done; in Jesus name, Amen.

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When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu


As Christians, we need to check our hearts a lot more often. Because many times, Christians can go through the motions and keep doing the “Christian thing,” but something has crept in their hearts and is hurting them and others.

Proverbs 4:23 says, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (NLT). Notice that it doesn’t say somebody else will guard your heart. It doesn’t say God will guard your heart, your neighbor will guard your heart or your pastor will guard your heart. It says you need to guard your heart. You’re in charge of guarding your own heart. Realize that it’s pretty much a full-time job because we don’t know on any given day what’s going to come up. You don’t know what somebody may say to you that may hurt you, disappoint you or let you down. Then suddenly, there’s a wound in there that needs to be dealt with.

Since you just don’t know, you have to constantly be working with the Holy Spirit to keep your heart right.

Let’s look at Contentment:

Most of you would agree that contentment is a heart thing. Right? Well, that’s how I feel. I also feel. I also feel that we are most blessed when we are content, grateful and satisfied in him and have peace in the journey we are currently in and where He is leading us. God is pleased when we stop comparing our journeys with others and we are most content and satisfied in Him.

Let ‘s look at social media for example:

Social media can be a wonderful place to connect, learn a thing or two, be encouraged and share ideas, but it can also be addictive and a dangerous place to subconsciously engage in “comparison living”. I’ll admit I’ve used #blessed with previous posts. It’s definitely not always a bad thing, but when it is used as a “humble brag” to impress others… that’s where it gets tricky. How many times have you gotten on social media, perfectly content with the vacation you just had or the new pair of shoes you just bought? But then you see someone else’s Tahiti vacation or designer shoes and suddenly you want MORE. Or you feel confident and energized after a great workout until you look at those Instagram fitness accounts with all the right lighting and all the right angles. We can’t control everything we see, but we can control how we react to it. Choose to focus on the REAL blessings in your life instead of someone else’s #blessed.

The secret to overcoming comparisons?

Contentment is so far removed from many Christians that it seems that they will never be able to find it or be at peace. However, contentment is not something that must be searched for and found. It is an attitude of the heart. Once the attitude has been modified and all has been transferred to God, contentment will be evident.

So what is Contentment?

Contentment is being grateful for what we have. Maybe take a break from social media for a while. Unfollow accounts that aren’t building you up. We CAN tailor our news feeds to show us what we want to see. Learn to be happy FOR other people without coveting. If you can’t work at it. Stay true to your values and don’t let others (who you don’t even know!) dictate how you spend your money or time or think about yourself. Lastly, watch who & what you are following, what you post, like and share, check your motives friends! Are you building or tearing down? Is it building you or tearing you apart?

The Bible says satisfaction comes from doing your best, not comparing yourself to others: “Let everyone be sure to do his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work done well and won’t need to compare himself with someone else” (Galatians 6:4 LB).

Take an envy self-examination. Do you compare your life, your home, your husband, your kids, even your lawn, to other people? This exam may reveal some surprises and show you that there are more important things to do than compare yourself or what you have to others.

When you strive to be the person God made you to be, you’ll find real meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction. You can’t focus on your purpose while looking at other people.

Dr. David Jeremiah, one of my favorite Bible teachers, the founder and host of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon pointed us in the direction of true contentment.

Contentment Is…
I believe the most complete passage in Scripture on this subject is Philippians 4:10-20. The amazing reality about this passage on contentment is that Paul wrote it while in prison for his faith. Here’s his key thought: “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content…[for] my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (verses 11,19).

1. Contentment is learned behavior. We learn to be content like babies learn to walk. And such an unnatural disposition is only by supernatural grace. With a spouse, good friend, or small study group, you must learn to resist, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the discontentment of our age; or you will be swept up in it and live an agitated life.

2. Contentment is not dependent on circumstances. If Paul can learn to be content regardless of circumstance, we can, too. The same Holy Spirit who indwelt him indwells us. The same fruit of the Spirit  peace and self-control  that were manifest in his life can be manifest in ours.

Discontent desires more  bigger, better, faster, newer, more comfortable. That is deception. If you are not content in challenging circumstances, the contentment you think you feel in other circumstances is not contentment but simply your satisfaction that things are momentarily the way you think they should be.

3. Contentment is a state of being, not a state of doing. Our flesh only feels content when we are doing. Being, however, does not end  it is not tied to activity. Paul said he had learned to “be content,” not “do contentment.”

4. Contentment is based on the riches of God in Christ Jesus. The Bible says that everything we need to complete our journey from earth to heaven will be supplied by God. Therefore, everything we feel discontented about is likely not something we need in order to make and complete that journey.

There’s nothing wrong with possessing things. But there is something wrong if we can’t be content without them. May God speak to your heart and help you seek, and find, contentment in Him.

Do you ever feel restless in your spirit? Is there something you want, something you’re waiting for, or something you feel like you’ll never have? Contentment does not come easy, especially when there are circumstances in your life tempting you to want something better. Oh how our hearts love to covet … but Christ has given us the freedom to be content and live righteously.

The following is a prayer for finding contentment written by Kevin Halloran:

Oh Lord, You are my shepherd and I should not be in want,
but so often I struggle to be content and do want;
forgetting that you have graciously provided me with every spiritual blessing in Christ and everything I need for life and godliness.

Thank you for often not giving me what I want
because my desires would draw my heart from being satisfied in You.
Help me to be content in You with what You have given me
and to not be focused on what my flesh wants or the world tells me I should have.

Protect me from coveting possessions or people,
talent or influence, relationships or prestige.
Keep my heart from being anxious for what I don’t have
and make me thankful for the numerous gifts that You have already given.

According to Your Word and steadfast love,
fill me with the joy and satisfaction of contentment in Christ.
Help me learn to be content in any situation like Paul
and to quickly reject the idolatry that dwells beneath the surface of my coveting.





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Mothers, God chose you to be the best mother you can be to your children. Don’t take your role lightly….so very special. 

I have been reflecting and praying about the vows I took on my wedding day not only to my husband but our children. I think about my responsibilities towards each and every single one of them , specially my daughters. I watched my incredible husband selflessly gives, cares, loves, covers, protects and provides to our blended family over the last few months and how God has lavished his overwhelming grace in my marriage. We are not perfect and we have challenges just like any  family but we are blessed. God is truly the best matchmaker. I am so thankful for God’s best. I watched his interactions with the boys and the girls and I the positive impact he has made on them. His dedication to help shape and lead with strong hands and teach them the way they should go as  father has been a tremendous blessing. The love I see in our little girls eyes and how the quickly adapt to our blended family brings me so much joy.

I have always knew as a mother how much influence I have on our girls but I am more convinced that my role as mother is more than just me nurturing and caring for them. I am their role model. I have in me the power to shape them to be women of purpose and Build a Godly Foundation of Strength and Beauty they are to becomes. My hope is that they will have strength and endurance to stand for Christ, even when others had faltered in the face of difficulty.


As written above, in Psalm 144 David writes that our daughters will be “like pillars carved to adorn a palace.” Not only are pillars beautiful and inspiring to look at, but more importantly, they are crucial to the stability of a building. The dictionary’s definition of a pillar has two sides: “a firm, upright support for a structure; or, a supporting, integral, or upstanding member or part of society.” David’s words about our daughters were definitely ahead of their time!

As I have taken some time to reflect on this verse and on some of the incredible women who are a part of my life, I think of some of the roles that they fulfill – they are speakers, teachers, board members, pastors, missionaries, writers, prayer warriors, children’s workers, greeters, janitors and worship leaders – just to name a few! They are leaders, and they are behind-the-scenes workers – all playing a crucial role in the function of the church. Nothing against our sons but My daughters will be like pillars!!!!. I pray that they will be women that lead others to Christ with their positive attitude and they way they carry themselves wherever they go. They will be women that live life with purpose and help carry the torch of love, mercy, grace, truth and compassion. They will know their true identify and self worth and live a life that inspires and builds other women around them.

I’m Not Raising Girls: I’m Raising Loving Wives, Devoted Moms, and Women Who Fear God.

Just recently, my daughters and I had a dance party. We had no special reason to have a party or celebrate. I needed to experience their joy and their laughter and their love and so we had an impromptu dance party, where we could just come as we were and have fun. As their laughter burst out and their dance moves got even sillier, I wanted to take it all in and hold it. I wanted to capture this moment in my heart and in my mind because this was a moment I wanted to experience again. This moment sparked my thoughts about the things I want my daughters to know.

Dear Daughters,

I hope that you read this one day and that it helps you to understand my heart. I hope that you flourish into the woman God intends you to be. Here are seven things I hope that you know and always remember:

1. I’ve loved you from the start and I love you now. Though it may seem that I am hard on you, I love you and want the best for you. But even so, I realize that my best for you won’t suffice. I want God’s best for you.

2. I’ve prayed for you even before you were born. I prayed that you would fulfill His purpose for your life. I prayed that you would be beautiful inside and out. I prayed that God would show me how to love you, that He would keep teaching me and molding me into the mother you needed in order to flourish.

3. There is no manual for mothering you and sometimes I wish one existed. But this is a grand responsibility:  to be entrusted with the responsibility of shaping your self-image, your relationship with your children, your views of the world, your concept of love, forgiveness,  being a woman, self-acceptance is a great task. I do not have a manual that tells me what to do. So I make mistakes, I get angry and frustrated. Mostly I’m frustrated at myself for not knowing how to be an expert at this. But I depend on God’s grace and His ability to correct me and to show me how to love you and parent you.

4. Please forgive me. Please forgive me for the mistakes I’ve made. If I have assumed that I could love you based on my needs and not yours, please forgive me. Please forgive me for not always saying I’m sorry.

5. I love dancing with you because then, I can capture your smile. Your joy is pure and complete and you seem to genuinely happy. Because I am happy and I’ve put down the world to dance with you and enjoy the moment, you are gleaming. I hope we dance together forever.

6. I think often about what you will remember about me. What will I have given you besides food and shelter? What will I have deposited in your soul that you will want to carry with you always? What pieces of me will you have that bring you joy and peace of mind?
7. You are brave and strong and I admire your willingness to try new things. Your bravery gives me strength and fuels my courage.  May your bravery never shrink to cowardice; may your bravery inspire all those you encounter.

8. You are beautiful. Everything about you is beautiful and nothing about you is by accident. Your personality is just what it should be. Your smile is just perfect for your face. Your light shines bright and I hope the world does not dull it’s glow.

9. I love you. I’ve always loved you. I prayed for you then and I pray for you now. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m asking God to show me what to do.

Dear mothers reading this,

  1.  God is going to hold us accountable for our daughters. 
  2. Don’t try to be perfect but practice what you preach, you are the best role model in her life. 
  3. Moms, Your daughters is true reflection of who you are. If you are loud and ratchet that’s exactly what she will likely become because she is watching you. Who would want their children to make the same mistakes they’ve made? You are creating a mini-version of yourself if you are not too careful. Don’t take your role lightly. See wisdom and Godly guidance.
  4.  Be strong when you must and be kind and gentle when you need to. 
  5. Take time to evaluate our past mistakes/hurts  and any generational bondage likely to be pass on to our daughters. 
  6. They will make mistakes.
  7. NEVER stop praying for them.

God has entrusted them to our care and He will hold us accountable to how we choose to raise the daughters He has loaned to us. Part of that stewardship involves preparing them for their own adventure with God which separate from mom and Dad.

Please understand that daughters unconsciously identify with their mothers and all mothers have tremendous power to shape their daughters’ self-image by teaching that a woman’s value is not based solely on outer looks, but on her inner essence, by talking to her daughter in sensitive ways during the critical junctures of sexual development, and by deep self-love and acceptance. I am thankful to God for my wonderful mother. She is such a Godly example to me. My mother didn’t have to say much in public nor from a distance. She looks at me, i can already tell what that look meant. LOL Everything I am today is because of her.

A mother goes a long way to ensure her daughter’s future mental, emotional, and physical health. So whatever I am and do day in and day out, good or bad, my attitude…their eyes are fixing on me.. they are watching every actions, interactions and my reactions.  Children are the best gift but can be the worst embarrassment to their parents so teach tem well.  Same for all of you. Our daughters are watching us. we can’t garranty how they will behave when they leave us but the Bible encourage us Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Let’s do our part, learn to protect, teach and discipline them according to what the word of God says but not what the world is saying or doing. Our attitude, how speak and how we carry ourselves around our daughters maters.

I am eternally grateful to God for the privilege of motherhood and I earnestly pray that I live a life that models Christ in front of them not just for today but until Christ return.


Lord, thank you for the precious daughters you have given me. Thank you for entrusting me with so great a duty. Thank you for grace and mercy that follow me daily as I shepherd and lead your children. Help me to stop and take in every moment. Teach me what to focus on as I correct, teach, lead, and love them. Amen!

May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. 
May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.
Psalm 144:12


Be inspired today, ladies – you are called to be a crucial part in what God is doing!

Min. Flore