Can I Testify?

I recently heard pastor emeritus Dr. Carl Hughes preach THEE Gospel Message and what a moment in God! God readied my heart for this resurrection season.

It was under this man of God, at my former church home Summit MBC, that I rededicated my heart to Christ. He was my pastor.

One service (can’t recall if church or revival🤷🏽‍♀️), I literally found myself at the altar weeping. It was like God walked me to the altar. I just remember being moved that way. God had found me and pricked my heart while sitting on the right side, in the back rows of an old baptist church. God did something in me.

There was still work and some washing to be done in me (ya girl didn’t know the how to’s of this walk ), but God had begun the work. I voluntarily became active in church work, working wherever I could – didn’t know “church” – had the right heart with an untrained mind – but I still went to work.

Now, so many years later, I realize God didn’t have to, but He did 🙌🏾😭. I’m grateful. Sometimes you just need to think back, testify, and say Thank you, God, for pastors who care.

I don’t think Rev. Hughes ever saw “this me.” But, I’m so glad that he preached the Word and didn’t reject the old me.

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Get Ready, Be Ready

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I had a big, God-ordained weekend. I’m still absorbing the fullness and trusting my Father for the manifestation. But, it did not come without issues and a rough start – thought I lost my ID & money (but didn’t lose the weight I wanted to😁), had lost my voice the week before, arrived and my room had problems, pimples popped up🤦🏽‍♀️ …like they refused to let me be great, and 🗣blah blah blah… Did I complain and blame? Nope. MINDSET: Work. It. Out. 👉🏽with a smile.

When I was told, ‘I also want you here and in this meeting,’ my answer: “Where and what time?” If plans changed, my MINDSET: Be ready, or get ready, and Make. It. Happen. 👉🏽with a smile.

When we pray for opportunities, then prepare to WORK.

Do not let social media posts and pictures fool you. Your daily grace will make it look easy. We all noticed how JPAC (Jubilee Performing Arts Conservatory of McComb, MS) leaders, teachers, parents, and students handled the weekend with poise: Ready EVERY time, PRESENT and peaceful, as PARTICIPANTS and not just performers. What grace.

Living a full life comes with many setbacks, some major; support gets slim much (thank God for your core); and the learning is never ending. I’m still not where I want to be, but, boy, oh boy, am I grateful for God, ALL in with me. REMEMBER, you are never alone.

We have to get ready when we pray for and be ready when opportunity is presented. Your walk is full of “grace space.” But unless you take LEAPS of faith, you will never draw down heaven’s helpful deposits.

Whatever God assigns you to do. Get there. Go hard for God. Go home empty. #iLearnedMore #DiditAllasUntoTheLord #Greater #HighExpectations #OpenDoorsToMore

Daily “Blessing and Favor Prayer”

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Lord, thank you for blessing me and keeping me.

You always make Your face to shine

upon me, and be gracious unto me.

Lord, You lift up Your countenance upon me

and give me peace (Num. 6:24–26).

Make me as Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen. 48:20).

And let me be satisfied with favor and filled with Your blessing (Deut. 33:23).

Your blessing is commanded upon my life.

You give me revelation, and let me be blessed (Matt. 16:17).

I am the seed of Abraham through Jesus Christ, and

I receive the blessing of Abraham. Lord, in blessing,

you bless me, and in multiplying, you multiply me as the stars of heaven and as the sand of the seashore.

Let Your showers of blessing be upon my life (Ezek. 34:26).

Every curse sent my way is turned into a blessing (Neh. 13:2).

Your blessing makes me rich (Prov. 10:22).

All nations call me blessed (Mal. 3:12).

All generations call me blessed (Luke 1:48).

I live in the kingdom of the blessed (Mark 11:10).

My sins are forgiven, and I am blessed (Rom. 4:7).

I am daily loaded with benefits (Ps. 68:19; 103:2).

I am the chosen by God, and I am blessed (Ps. 65:4).

My seed is blessed (Ps. 37:26).

I inherit the land (Ps. 37:22).

I am a part of a holy nation, and I am blessed (Ps. 33:12).

The Lord blesses my latter end more than my beginning (Job 42:12).

His presence blesses my life (2 Sam. 6:11).

I drink the cup of blessing (1 Cor. 10:16).

Lord thank you. You bless me and cause Your face to shine upon me,

that Your way may be known upon the earth and Your

saving health among all nations. You let my land yield increase,

and let the ends of the earth fear You (Ps. 67).

I know You favor me because my enemies

do not triumph over me (Ps. 41:11).

Lord, you are favorable unto my land (Ps. 85:1).

You grant me life and favor (Job 10:12).

And, in Your favor, you make my mountain stand strong (Ps. 30:7).

I entreat Your favor (Ps. 45:12).

Let Your favor cause my horn to be exalted (Ps. 89:17).

Lord, this is my set time for favor (Ps. 102:13).

Remember me, O Lord, with the favor that You bring unto

Your children, and visit me with Your salvation (Ps. 106:4).

Lord, I entreat Your favor with my whole heart (Ps. 119:58).

Let Your favor be upon my life as a cloud

of the latter rain (Prov. 16:15).

Let Your beauty be upon my life, and let

me be well favored (Gen. 29:17).

I am highly favored (Luke 1:28).

Thank you, Lord, for letting me receive extraordinary favor.

In Jesus’ strong name, covered by the precious Blood of Jesus, I declare and decree these things to be.

I Wanna Know What Love Is

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I am teaching on love and relationships this month of February. There are various kinds of “love” – philía, phileo, éros, agápe, storgē, pragma, and philautia. Understanding these are beneficial for healthy relationships.

One ☝🏽aspect:

A few descriptions of love in 1 Corinthians 13 are that Love is long suffering and bears all things and believes all things. When it comes down to it, love is risky and weighty, but still good and desiring. It leaves the lover in the light of potentially looking silly. But, it is a most fulfilling and enjoyable gift, after discovering the right love.

One of my friends said there are guys who just a kick out of playing games with women, emotionally damaging women, or just stringing them along. They damage women and then wonder why women are suspect of the next. Isn’t that sad?

And, some women have a tendency of keeping a tender-hearted man around for what she is getting from him, not because she desires to be with him. It’s a relationship of convenience, causing him to feel used and treat the ‘next’ like the he should have done with the ‘ex.’ Isn’t that sad?

God’s way is the best way to work it – worshipping together, waiting together, and marrying before staying together have much value and will never grow old. Love is patient, kind, and thinks of how to best benefit another.

Jesus said, When the Spirit of truth comes, He guides us into all truth and will make everything plain to you. John 16:13

Jesus also said, I’m leaving you WELL and WHOLE. That’s my parting gift to you. PEACE. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left by people of the world — feeling abandoned, bereft. Don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. John 14:25-27

Of all the love types I’m teaching, one covers them all – agape. Agape is the love that makes all other loves, keep loving. 1 John 4 says “God is” love (not only gives, but IS agape). And 1 Corinthians 16 says let all thing be done in agape. Things get cold when Love leaves the room. We all need God for the relationship to stay warm.

In love, my responsibility is to show you nothing but love til… And I will.

Love covers. AND love can release. It is not “easily” provoked (1 Cor. 13) but you can agitate love and provoke it to let go. God (agape) will never leave; agape is continual. But the love relationships we have, do take putting in the effort in order to love effectively – pull me in, I’m staying; push me out, I’m leaving. Follow your love’s lead to meet a healthy love need.

Steady, Focus in

LEARNING TO FOCUS. God has set your future. What and who you need, will be …when need be. Never force or press for anyone’s presence. Live your life, support your supporters, love honestly, let go of loose ends, unplug from the unsure, release the rude, disconnect from the disrespectful, and you will find PEACE with it #all.

Anyone who hesitates about your vision, or hides on you, is sure to be a headache, heartache, or hater on your way to destiny. LEAVE IT BE. If someone will not talk it through with you, they certainly have no intention to walk it out with you.

If you do not require reciprocation, those who reach and receive ONLY will wear you out and discount you. And, if your presence is not respected, your presence should no longer be expected. Hook up to joint suppliers, that’s the oil you NEED.

There is something about assurance IN GOD that attracts victory into your life. RECEIVE IT. Focus on vision and Favor will visit you. Nix the negative and the Good will gravitate toward you. TashaDillon.com

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Handfuls OF purpose ON purpose

Handfuls OF purpose ON purpose

God causes others to drop off blessings, just for you. He knows you are a faithful laborer and will make your way back to the harvest field. When you get back, God intends for you to, not only reap for kingdom building, but also to graciously glean for your provision. There you will find blessings left ON purpose because you are full OF purpose.

He told the giver, dig in, get as much as you can, and then leave it …”handfulS” of it …because some faithful worker is on their way back!

The owner says in Ruth 2:16-17, “And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. He tells the sower to just “let fall,” put it in the atmosphere, throw it out there, and He will let it fall in line to be the blessing intended.

Not one handful, but “some of the handfuls” are just “for her.” Like He has “her,” in particular, in mind, God has you, the individual you, on His mind. It’s ok to say, “God bless me.”

“So she gleaned in the field…” #GetBackToTheGleaningFields and get what God gathered for you!

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Jesus, Bless it and Stretch it

WHEN YOU WANT TO STRETCH IT, ASK JESUS TO BLESS IT.

And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would…When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. (John 6:11-13 KJV)

And Jesus took the loaves

You have to let Jesus take something out of your hands in order to bless it. He will take the seed, not snatch it – you must offer it.

and when he had given thanks

It’s a special thought to think that what we are to give thanks to Him for, He turns to the Father and offers thanks. Who is more grateful?

he distributed to the disciples (to be distributors)

Real, leading disciples are distributors. And to those He does not appoint to distribute, He still wants to bless.

and the disciples to them that were set down

Jesus simply wants us to sometimes take a seat and receive “as much as they would.” That sounds like He puts NO limits on blessing us.

When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

Where there is no waste, there is no want.

(What remained) was over and above unto them that had eaten

The Believers were receivers and Jesus blessed what was given so that the overflow was still flowing over after they were satisfied.

Never hesitate to put it in Jesus’ hands. When He blesses it, God stretches it. #MoreThanEnough #Overflow

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Shift in Gear

Leaders cannot lead in “neutral”. You will find yourself sitting still, not progressing, but being passed up and left behind. Even those who move at a slower pace will eventually catch up and pass the driver who refuses to shift in gear.

While driving you will hit some bumps in the road, have to adjust your speed, and hang a few tight curves. Those are all a part of traveling, even on (or especially on) well known roads and highways.

So, do not be shocked that you will need a fresh oil change from use and a few alignments from gaping potholes. That’s all a part of the expense of moving forward. Put it in “drive” anyway.

Joshua 1-3

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Selma’s headed to New York!

Mississippi-based “Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories” is an award-winning, historical fiction production. Featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and “Sway in the Morning,” the production has stirred audiences across the country, with attendees sitting on the edge of their seats. Playwright, director, and producer Jana Paige Haynes has been amazed by the open doors.

As a result of touring over the past few months, the cast has been offered a residency at one of the most innovative and successful theaters in Brooklyn, NY. They will spend the next weeks there finalizing a multi-week run of the show, with an opportunity to take the Broadway stage, the cast of Selma is fundraising for their new venture in New York. The overall fundraising goal is $15,000. They are ours, Mississippi!

Donations can be given through:

Cash App – $jpaige31

PayPal – PayPal.me/selmathemusicalus

Venmo – @Jana-Haynes

Every financial gift helps.

For more information, call 601-447-0104.

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