The Struggle

Raise your hand if you like struggling?

Even with knowing that the struggle produces the best from and through us, it still does not negate the fact that we do not like struggle.

We must not allow our struggles to become our identity. If we can resist the urge to become bitter, negative and hopeless, the struggles we face today will create the strength that is needed for tomorrow.

  • Find hope, in a hopeless matter.
  • Find courage, in a discouraging moment.
  • Find endurance, in a weak moment.

When every obstacle that is thrown at us dares us to give up, throw faith back at it and handle it! Overcome it. Fight it. Get through it. Rise above it. Stand on it! Conquer it!

Your attitude should reflect that of a winner!

You are MORE than a conquer through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Muscle Memory

Sometimes we hold on to what we don’t need and rid ourselves of what we need to hold on to.

It is time to make some minor adjustments. Let’s begin right here. If we be honest, there is a lot we need to rid ourselves of:

Lose the foolishness.
Lose the doubt.
Lose the gossip.
Lose the half-heartedness.
Lose the pride.
Lose the senseless acts.
Lose the sin.
Lose the anger.
Lose the maliciousness.
Lose the hurt.
Lose the frustration.
Lose the disrespect.
Lose the hard-heart.
Lose the thoughtlessness.
Lose the insensitivity.
Lose the bitterness…

And keep the faith.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If you gotta hold on to something, hold on to your faith.

There are people around you, who draw strength from your strength.

There are people around you that are holding on because you are.

Your faith retains spiritual muscle memory from holding on: “If He kept me before this, He will keep me THROUGH this.

Exercise your faith and Hold On!

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8:35, 38-39‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Miracle in the Mess

Jesus had a friend who died. His name was Lazarus. He loved Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary (John 11:5).

Now I don’t know if Jesus intentionally delayed returning to town, so the miracle could be performed on His dear friend, if He was grieving, waiting for the friction to die down or if it was a tad bit of everything. It was clear that Jesus felt a personal connection because the Bible states:

John 11:35 (NKJV)
Jesus wept.



Some people are just emotional and will “weep” with those who weep. If there is a personal connection to the person who passed away, the circumstance is more than just praying emoji hands or a blanketed statement of sending condolences to the family. Jesus was grieving – Honey, He was shedding some serious tears. In fact, when Jesus got to the grave in John 11:38, He was still groaning within Himself.

John 11:38 (NKJV)
Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

Lazarus sister named Mary, met Jesus on the road, when she learned that Jesus was on His way back to town to come see Lazarus. She was distraught and frustrated. Mary, knowing the miraculous powers that Jesus had demonstrated throughout the neighborhoods, says in what seems to be a frustrating tone: “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

See, Mary wanted what SHE wanted. Well – Mary, that’s not entirely true.

Jesus always professed that His will was to do that of His Father in Heaven; so, if God’s will was for Lazarus to be at rest, Lazarus would have remained resting. We can learn from this example. Even in the midst of trying times, and in fact during the most challenging times, we must seek the will of God.

As we know, God’s will was not leave Lazarus at rest. Jesus asks Mary where Lazarus was laid, she takes Him there, and Lazarus comes out of the grave clothes, his burial site and there sat Lazarus as an example of the glory of God to be revealed and for the naysayers to believe that Jesus was who He said He was (John 12:9, 11).

Before all this transpired, it was a mess:

  • The Jews in Judea were looking to kill (stone Jesus).
  • The disciples were clueless with understanding what Jesus was saying in the Spirit.
  • Thomas talking about let’s go die with Lazarus.
  • Another disciple was talking about if Lazarus is sleep, he should be fine.
  • Lazarus had already been dead 4 days and that process of decomposition had kicked in…



Had Jesus focused on the environment, what the people were saying, their unbelief, and not the instructions of His Father, everyone would have missed the miracle.

Oh, but remember when sin had you bound, and your spiritual life was dead? Had the Holy Spirit not led someone to you, to redeem you from your mess, the miracle of salvation would have never been.


Don’t miss the miracle, focusing on the mess! The mess creates the foundation for the miracle.

Keep Walking

Have you every watched a track and field event? Whether the racers are sprinters or long distance runners, they have at least one thing in common: the start and finish lines are the same. What determines the winner of the race is an individual’s gifting, coupled with the training, and determination to run one’s race to their ability, as he or she has been coached.

The same applies in life. We all have the same start and finish lines; what determines our success, as we have defined, is our gifting, coupled with training, and determination to continue to run. When it appears that you should be farther along in the race of life than you are, do not stop. Do not quit! Do not grow weary!

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Start where you are!

Do not allow what you think you cannot do to affect what you can do.

Keep walking!

Small steps lead to big leaps.

Don’t Replay the Fall

  • You responded the wrong way knowing it was a test; as a result, you were fired from your ideal job.
  • The temptation came, and you didn’t take the escape route, which resulted in the birth of your beautiful child.
  • The negative opinions of others dictated what you did and the way you engaged in relationships.
  • Fear told you that you were not good enough, so you wouldn’t jump and you didn’t start that new business.

…but that was the old you, before you were made BRAND NEW! And to anyone who says: “you are acting brand new,” well, that’s because you are!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Don’t keep replaying the fall.

Whatever it was is in your past. You are not what happened to you. God has lifted you up. Stay there. The perspective is contrastingly different between a turtle 🐢 and an eagle 🦅

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God is in the Midst

It is said that the image or statue of a kingdom’s ruler is positioned in distant parts of his kingdom to demonstrate his authority and the stretch of his domain.

God said that we are His image bearers. This means that we are we are living replicas of God to expand His Kingdom so that His glory is revealed.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”Genesis‬ ‭1:26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Do you know what this means? Wherever your feet are planted, it is a sign that the presence of God has arrived.

When you arrive at work in the morning, remind yourself and others (by your conduct): “Heyyyy, Jesus is here!”

When you arrive at your children’s school to address an issue with another child, remind yourself: “Jesus is here!”

When you walked into that chaotic meeting, you were able to bring peace to the situation because Jesus arrived and left His peace.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 NKJV

When Jesus arrives, He has the ability to calm every storm. With His guiding Spirit, He has given us the same authority and power- in fact, even greater.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 NIV

And when you are rejected, by a business, a family member or an acquaintance, No worries. Don’t become offended, and do not copy their customs and behavior. Instead, pray for them because they have just rejected the kingdom of God.

“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” Matthew 10:40 NKJV

Shake the dirt off and “KIM” Keep It Moving.

And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.”Matthew‬ ‭10:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God dwells among us, and is working through us. Therefore it behooves us to always reflect His loving kindness in an unkind world.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 NIV

Stretch Marks

For most women, the title of this devotion alone, sends an eye roll from one side of your neck to the other.

This is of truth for those who have experienced weight loss and especially truthful for those who have experienced pregnancy with less elasticity than others – like me.

I trust God in all of His ways, but sirrrr could we done away with stretch marks?

While stretch marks provoke a negative reaction, they are actually signs of growth.

Take the examples above: Stretching of the womb, signifies growth of the child or temperance to lose undesirable weight for that one who is on a weight loss journey.

Signs of growth are not often the most eye pleasing, yet they yield the best fruit. Spiritually speaking, studying to be quiet when everything in you desires to give that person a piece of your mind, yields the peaceable fruit of God. This is a stretch mark. It is a recognizable sign of growth to allow your Father to fight on your behalf (Exod. 14:14).

A new year does not imply a new you. You will have to put forth an effort to change. Separate from toxic people. Disconnect from environments that drain your energy and stunt your growth. Be intentional about your spiritual growth.

Growth is intentional and it requires stretching. It may not feel good, or even look good, but it produces the good.

The mark of the stretch leaves an indelible sign of your growth path journey.

Embrace it! Stretch towards the mark.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 KJV