Inked Designs by Elayna

IMG_1078I may have mentioned once or twice ūüėÄ that my oldest daughter is a Graphic Designer and owns her own company.¬† Her company, Inked Designs, was at Washington Adventist University, displaying her art in honor of Black History Month!!

God has been so faithful! He entrusted Elayna, my miracle child, to me and now as a beautiful young woman, she is operating in her anointing. I declare and decree that all that are touched by her gift will sense the presence of the Holy Spirit!

Please check out her Instagram, Etsy Shop & RedBubble

 

 

My Vision: Conflict in Spirit?

“Conflict in Spirit” sounds like a contradiction in terms; an oxymoron, but bear with me for a moment. ¬†Over the past few days (like all week), I’ve had no clients, so I’ve had a lot of time to read and study Scripture (sounds like a God set-up doesn’t it). ¬†Yes!

Has the presence of the Lord been so strong that you felt overwhelmed?

…¬†There, in lies, my conflict!

Let me give you a little of the backstory…. I believe that I may have shared with you the vision that God gave me for Speight Enterprises. ¬†If not, for now the details are not really important. However, the vision has begun to come into focus. ¬†Now I know that Christians are not supposed to get scared, but we must acknowledge the fear and reverance of what God is about to do in our lives. ¬†What’s funny is that it is actually what the Lord showed me that He would do this year, now I’m unsettled by what’s beginning to manifest?

… Whazzup with that??¬†

I’ve begun to see bits and pieces of the vision coming together. ¬†My steps are being ordered and I’m starting to walk down the path that God has allowed me to see. ¬†So now comes the conflict of:

  1. “God is that really you?”
  2. Am what I’m feeling a check in my Spirit, where God is saying “Slow your round, don’t move too fast & don’t get a head of me! ¬† ¬†¬†-OR-
  3. Is it simply the anxiety of my soul?  Spirituality-and-soul-bridge-between-heart-and-mind

About a week or so ago, the Lord gave me a message entitled, “Who’s waiting on who?” subtitle: “Are you listening?” ¬†Yes, the question came to me first. Has God shown me His vision and now I’m waiting on Him to make the first move? – Or – Am I just not listening and He has been waiting on me to take the next step? ¬†I must admit that it is a somewhat awkward place to me.

So what am I saying? ¬†If our vision looks like it will be EASY to accomplish, then we really don’t need God, honestly! ¬†But if in our eyes, it looks IMPOSSIBLE, then it must be of God. Why?¬†Because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that when ONLY GOD can make it happen and He will truly get ALL the Glory!

As I’ve typed this post, I can see things even clearer now. The Spirit, in itself, is never in conflict, however, the Spirit and the soul are always at war for control of your life. ¬†Tell your soul (your mind & emotions) to quiet down, so that you can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Now we shouldn’t move too fast, but we can’t afford to simply do nothing.

… Shhhh, Are you listening?

Your vision is clearer than you think. ¬†But don’t be scare, we do understand that Life in Christ is a Faith Walk. My daughter said something very profound yesterday. ¬†She said that God does not tell us to jump off the cliff with our eyes open, because He knows if we see what’s coming, we won’t jump. ¬†But in faith, we jump with our eyes closed and allow our Holy Spirit to lead & guide us safely through our life’s journey.

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For those of you that took the time to read this post, I pray that it blessed you, as much as it has blessed me. As our vision, in business & in life, becomes too big for our soul to handle, then it’s just the right size for the Holy Spirit to take control!

Be Encouraged!  

… The Best is yet to be…

 

Now we gotta have Faith!!

I re-read the story of Mary and it really doesn’t say that she endured a lot of trouble, but we can just surmise. ¬†An angel came to Joseph to explain that his wife had not betrayed him. Thank the Lord!¬† But, what’s interesting is that Mary accepted her assignment, although she didn’t totally understand it all. ¬†Whether it troubled her or not, she had the Faith that God was going to do what He said that He would do.

We too have our assignment for the coming year. ¬†God has promised us that He is going to meet ALL our needs. ¬†He has told us that we shouldn’t worry about Nothing. ¬†We already know that there is nothing Impossible with God… and ALL things work together for our good. ¬†I speak prophetically that in 2014, we should expect Double for our Trouble!¬†We have a game plan. ¬†We are going to identify our goals (2 or 3 major ones, and pray about them), break ’em down into bite size pieces and reward ourselves for our accomplishments along the way… and most of all,¬†we must¬†ADD Faith!! ¬†It is all for naught, if we don’t believe that we will receive what God has promised!

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Listen for His Voice ….

There is so much that I want to tell you about the Spiritual Wake-Up Call¬†that I experienced today, but I will try not to ramble too much… Let me try to give you a little background. ¬†Last year this time, almost to the day, I wrote a¬†post about my son (please take a moment to read). Basically, my son has been in and out of my life for the last 4 years or so and last year, he reappeared. ¬†Well, it seemed that every time he left, it became easier and easier not to have him around. ¬†So in essence, I was letting God know that I was really OK with that, but I would continue to pray that he recommit his life to Christ. ¬†I feel the rambling beginning, so let me move on…

On Mother’s day, he left me a note addressed to “Candy”, which crushed the moment right off the break! ¬†So needless to say, I had mixed emotions. ¬†The other details really aren’t important! ¬†So let’s fast-forward to today…

The Holy Spirit is always preparing us, but we have to Listen for His Voice!

Just during this past week, He said, Don’t lose sight of your true purpose. ¬†So often the enemy will try to distract us and take us off course. ¬†Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteous and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 ¬†Everything works together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.   James 1:4   

In Blog Chill Day # 22, He spoke to me first and I was able to share it with all of you ….

The Holy Spirit is always speaking to us, but we have to Listen for His Voice!

So let me try to bring this all together. ¬†My son entered the sanctuary today with his sunglasses on (to keep out the Light of His Glory!) and I knew that we were at Square Zero, according to what I saw. ¬†I didn’t totally understand why but I could not stay in church while he was there. ¬†I went outside and I started to cry, almost uncontrollably. It made no sense (I thought)… what was the big deal? … but I was just so overwhelmed!

While I was outside my husband, one of the Elders and a Deacon prayed for me (strategically placed there? …I’m sure!) ¬†Then I was kindly told to return to my seat, so that I could hear the Word of God. Right before the message, my son left. ¬†During the message, the Lord reassured me that He will take care of my son, but I had to trust Him!

The Holy Spirit is always speaking to us, but we have to Listen for His Voice!

I can’t put into words all that was revealed to me today, but there was a very interesting twist as this episode comes to a close new beginning… Although I am not crazy about bright colors, I wore a CORAL¬†top with matching shoes today and I kept noticing shades of ORANGE throughout the sanctuary and then on people walking on the street and on folks in the restaurant where we ate. ¬†So I ask my daughter to Google it.

ORANGE offers emotional strength in difficult times.  

It helps us to bounce back from disappointment & despair.  

The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit!  

WOW!

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“Lord organize me, give me the discipline to put my life in right order”

We are going to talk  a little about order, discipline and what it means to be organized.

God is a God of Order.¬† All of creation has a methodical and harmonious arrangement. ¬†Interestingly enough, organized is often defined as a¬†methodical and efficient in arrangement or function. Clutter or disorder is not a part of God‚Äôs nature. Creation was the process God used to set the earth in order. He took great care in making this universe function in an orderly fashion ‚Äď day and night, water and land, heaven and earth. (excerpt taken from: http://pamelavcarmichael.wordpress.com/2012/07, Sorry Pamela!)

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The steps of a good man [woman] are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.  Psalms 37:23

Are we punctual?  Are we always prepared for the task that we are assigned to?  Do we plan ahead to ensure that the project will be completed efficiently?  This applies to any task or project, at home, at work or at church.  Or are we always running late?  We can’t find all the things we need to complete the task?  Are our projects done haphazardly?

What do people see when they come into our office at work?  Are there mounds of paper stacked all over the desk?

Does it really matter if our homes are in order?  Does it really matter if we have junky closets & junky drawers?

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God expects us to operate with a spirit of excellence in all our ways!

To get organized and stay organized, the Lord must help us to be disciplined.  The definition of discipline that I would like to use is as follows:

  1. Training (as only God can do) that corrects, molds or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
    1. a.   Control gained by enforcing obedience or order
    2. Orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
    3. Self-control

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I believe that if we live in clutter or disorder, there are other aspects of our life that are cluttered & disorganized?

We are more apt to be stressed, frustrated, always hurrying at the last minute to get stuff done.

Is this you?

Stay Tuned for more info on our next FREE Order Your Steps

session entitled “Spending Your Time Wisely!” ¬†

Save the Date: ¬†Saturday, April 20th at 2 pm…..

A Few Ramblings that you may want to Ponder…

On January 10, my blog will celebrate its’ one year anniversary. ¬†As I look back over the more than 145 posts, I am pondering about what direction the blog should take in 2013. ¬†I have found that there has been a much greater response to posts that have talked about ORDER or Inspiration, versus Organizing. ¬† Now don’t misunderstand, my gift is administration and organizing peoples’ stuff, which is still my passion. ¬†But my purpose & mission is helping people to create ORDER¬†out of Chaos, which is so much, much more!

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Other Ramblings…

  • On Saturday, I was sitting at a red light waiting for a funeral procession to pass and the light changed. ¬†It was amazing to me to see the number of people that crossed the procession because they didn’t have five minutes to spare. ¬†We are such an impatient society…. which means we must find a way to slow our pace if only so slightly.
  • I picture the CEO of ¬†a corporation always cool, calm and collected (maybe I watch too much TV :-)) ¬†His/Her clothes are always neatly pressed and their shoes and socks always match. ¬†What if they always woke up in a fog, rushing to wolf down that cup of coffee, having to stop at the closet and ponder what they should wear to work today and still make the 7 am meeting? ¬†Many of us are in that role, rather CEO, small business owner, husband, wife, father, mother, etc. ¬†We all must be strategic and plan our daily actions. ¬†Being in the daily fog, makes it difficult for us to direct our steps or to simply be directed???

The¬†steps of a good man [woman] are ordered by the Lord… Psalm 37:23

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In 2013, Finding Order in Chaos, will focus more consciously¬†on Order as we did in 2012 unconsciously. ¬†To help everyone to actively seek Divine Order¬† in their lives and ¬†Organizing stuff still playing a key role.¬†¬†As I was preparing for this post, I googled “Divine Order” and lo and behold, I found a definition by Marsha Burns, which says¬†“the authoritative direction proceeding from God”. ¬†Marsha and her husband author the “Spirit of Prophecy” bulletins, which I have found very enlightening and many times very accurate to the spiritual place I am at the time. ¬†She also wrote as follows:

Divine Order is the flow of the Spirit as we yield to His guidance and direction.  As much as we understanding this concept of God in control, many times when we hear a message or think about order in our lives, we still think about cleaning the garage  and, the enemy would love to beat us up with the tangible things in our lives being in disarray. Divine Order is all about the moving of the Holy Spirit and being unencumbered enough to hear His voice and being flexible enough to go with the flow.   

Being in the right place at the right time to accomplish what is before us. 

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I am looking forward to 2013 being busy, even sometimes hectic for Order Your Steps, yet restful.  I want to just flow with the Spirit and I pray that something I write will help you to find rest in Him also.

Have a Very Blessed and Prosperous New Year!

Labor day post or Son post??

Happy Labor Day to Everyone! ¬†Well, I was going to take the easy way out and simply attach a Labor Day picture, but it has been a while since I’ve given you an update on my son. ¬†First, I want to thank all of you who have continued to pray with me and my family. ¬†The Son Saga has taken a rather interesting twist…my son has continued to come to church faithfully, but now he brings a special guest???

I must give you a little background… ¬†First, you may have gathered that my son is not only mad at me, but he is extremely angry with my husband. ¬†I kinda failed to mention because I didn’t feel that it was important¬†that my husband is not my son’s biological father. ¬†My husband and I have been together since my son was 4 yrs. old. ¬†My son have always known that my husband adopted him and he knew of his bio’ father although he had not been in his life.

When my son was a teenager, his bio’ father re-entered his life (as God would have it— Really God, Really?). ¬†“His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor His ways our ways.” ¬†So when my son left in a huff two years ago, he disowned his father (my husband) and me. ¬†My husband has always been a good husband and provider, but I am realizing more and more how difficult it is for a man, being head of the household, and raising a son¬†especially one who has always filled our lives with drama. ¬†It is a “man’s thing”, which I will never fully understand.

So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, my son has been bringing his bio’ father to church with him almost every Sunday. ¬†Really God, Really? (Now for those of you that were taught in church, not to ask God why?, it is OK, just don’t always expect an answer… at least not right away.) ¬†My son is doing it to hurt my husband and it has worked, but the Holy Spirit has been right there with him all the way. ¬† He has had to sit in my husband’s lap once or twice, to hold the emotions at bay, but all in all the Lord has kept him in almost perfect peace.

It has truly been an interesting phenomenon to watch. ¬†The Lord has not only sustained my husband and I, but our daughters as well. Always know that God’s Grace is more than sufficient. ¬†God has a plan and a purpose for all of us. ¬†¬†What Satan means for evil, God will turn it around for our good. ¬†

Just like the city of Jericho, the walls of confusion, anger, bitterness, etc. around my son, are tumbling down. It may not look like, but they are….

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Do you realize that our tests and trials of life are meant for us to learn and grow?  What has you learned from God lately?