Permission not to be Polite or Passive

No one person can fight #every societal, spiritual, or cultural problem that you come across, or you will be fruitlessly fighting every moment of your shortened life. Even Jesus chose His battles AND took time off. Wisdom is knowing when, what, with whom, and how much.

The hungry and the hurting will always be. No church, social group, outreach, or preacher can “cure” that. To attack ev-er-y ill that arises is not the will. All you can do is your part, period. Be okay with that. People cast blame on this group or that one, because it’s the easy way in which the enemy uses influence to divide communities.

I am not a polite or passive person, preacher, or pastor 👉🏽in regards to social ills. That is who I am. God designed me. I do not need approval or pats on the back to follow what is in me. God settled that. You should be the same.

In this one☝🏽 life you are given, in order to live it fully, YOU have to find your lane, run it, and be who #you are called to be. I support that. Do not let others put pressure on you – that you spoke on ‘this’ issue but not on ‘that.’ And, even if others refuse to see the #real you, you still #need to be that for which you are called to. Tell haters and instigators #byebye, see you later 👋🏽. John 15:16 #ChurchLady #CommunityLover #JustARandomRamble

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Hurt. Hate it. But Heal.

You were about to throw in the towel and say, so what, whatever, I don’t care. This moment will pass, please don’t do those things that will take you deeper into despair. Hang on, call someone for prayer. Tell them how bad you’re hurting, and be honest about the pain. You DO have others who care.

Your future days matter to a lot of people. You #feel defeated but you are not done. The life in your body testifies to that. This ain’t easy but it will surely strengthen your walk. Hurt, hate it, but heal. Cry, but don’t hide in the closet, walk til you crossover.

#GreaterIsInYou, don’t count your best future out. Life will hit hard, but with help and hope, you can handle this. You can still be on the way! I just prayed about #YOU because God has you in His future plans.

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Do You Have a Date?

I did not know Valentines Day is aka Single Awareness Day (S. A. D.). What the worlds 🤦🏽‍♀️. #ValentinesDay is what it is, a day of expressing romantic love, loving relationships, and love interests.

Do not let being alone make your mouth buy you a ticket to Lonelyville, All Year. Declare your heart’s desire, not your past disappointments. Do you discuss your reality? Yes. But confessing: “I’ll never find someone.” “Women don’t want a good man, anymore.” “I don’t need a man.” “I’m too busy for a relationship.” Noooo. God made you for someone.

There are really good men who are ready for relationships and phenomenal women who are ready, as well.

#WOMEN A super sweet woman can deny and deprive herself through being snared by her words. If you want love, want it 🤷🏽‍♀️. You can be ready and not be desperate. We all ‘need’ things but it does not make you ‘needy.’ 🗣It’s okay. Culture has told us – you’re strong alone, don’t sound weak, ‘you yo’ own boo.’ #CutItOut #ReadyForLoveAndInWaiting #GodDeliveredMeToo🙋🏽‍♀️

#MEN There is a woman who is successful, or on her way up, AND still sees you as Superman — not because of your stuff but because of your inner substance. The woman is #ordained to be your bridge to favor. A man with the right woman goes from overwhelmed to #overflow. However, if you are waiting and thinking you can jump in like Super Fly, after she turns her attention to another man, you’re going to lose. When a woman switches off, she’s out. It’s better to state your intentions instead of saying, “I was intending to.” And don’t be, “God knows.” Yep, He knows you lost out. #BeClear #BeHappy

Where is love on your list? Not what’s been on your lips, but on your heart. Whatever is a priority gets prioritized, period. Only one ☝🏽 life to choose how you will live, laugh, and love. It’s on you. ❤️💕

If people ask, do you have a date for Valentines, tell them, “Yes, February 14th” 😁. Bye, y’all. #DoYouHaveADate

Better Days Are Coming

Last year, everything I did, hurt. When I preached, it was painful. If you saw me at your event, I hurt. If just visiting a church, I was in pain. Working in the community, pain. I’m talking physical torment.

Nope. I didn’t talk about it. My family didn’t know. I was not aware of the why, so I pushed through it while looking for answers. Until a couple of months ago, I had no idea how serious it was and how near my body was to being beyond repair. My God is so good y’all! No residual issues! Grateful is little until you see how much you needed Him and didn’t even know it. God’s interruption of a natural disaster is a #miracle.

About mid-year 2017, God began telling me that I would be cutback, hibernated for a winter season. He meant it, too – for ministry, church, relationships, you name it. The pruning began.

After a gruesome and painful process to ‘right alll the wrongs,’ I am now on my journey to, not just healing, but wholeness. I feel so much better, #physically. And I see so much clearer, #prophetically.

At this point, God is literally teaching me what biblical “rest” means and what it looks like in practice. This is a quieting and enriching journey. I am discovering the true authentic relationships in my life. My quantities are decreased but my quality is rising.

If you find yourself in a quiet season, embrace it. #Winter looks scarcely fruitful, dim and uninviting, but restoration is happening underneath the surface. #Spring comes soon enough.

This year God is opening doors to more. Some doors are for us to walk ‘out’ and say goodbye. 2018 is a cleanup year. 2017 was #rough but God made us #tougher! Great things are on the horizon.

I am thankful for you, my family, church family, and friends. Thank you for the prayers and encouragement. Hugs and love ❤️. #MoreInStore #PreparedForTheBest

John 4 Daily Devotion

The Woman at the Well, identified as Photini by 1st century saints, shows us that the right #love can quench all our thirsts. Her name means “enlightened one.”
 
The Samaritan woman met Jesus at the well on an unscheduled social day. Like Jesus, she came to the well thirsty. They were physically thirsty, in different ways. Jesus wanted to quench His bodily thirst; and so did she in a physical, but emotional way, too.
 
There are deeper layers to the story. Beyond the natural, Jesus thirsted for souls, and the woman for that “at-long-last” love.
 
“Give me a drink,” Jesus said. A #scandal broke out at that moment. Jews were forbidden to share anything in common with “those” unclean Samaritans but purpose always prevails over personal preferences.
 
When she questioned Him, Jesus replied, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
 
Living water must have sounded good to the ex-wife of five, who is now shacked up with a sixth paramour, that is illicit lover.
 
Photini took a long, deep drink and never thirst again. She became one of our earliest #evangelists, telling any and everyone she saw what Jesus had done for her. #TESTIFY
 
She teaches us that no matter how parched our dry soul becomes, true love can unexpectedly show up and quench ALL of our thirsts. (Scripture Reference: John 4)
 
Welcome to February!
 
~Pastor Tasha Dillon

What 20:18 Looks Like in the New Testament

#BreakTheRoutineIn2018

Matthew‬ ‭20:18‬ ‭(He was betrayed so we could believe.) Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death‬‬

Luke‬ ‭20:18‬ ‭(He is a stone of offense to the religious.) Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

John‬ ‭20:18‬ (Good News is hard to hold.) Mary from Magdala went to the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord.” She told them what he had said to her.

Acts‬ ‭20:18‬ (Serve in all seasons.) And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons

What 20:18 Looks Like in the Old Testament

#2018

Exodus 20:18 (Be in awe and avoid the awful.) And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

Deuteronomy 20:18 (Completely destroy relationships with idolaters.) Otherwise, they will teach you to do all the disgusting things they do for their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God.

Judges 20:18 (Let praise lead your battle.) The men of Israel went to Bethel. They asked God, “Who will go first to fight Benjamin?” The LORD answered, “Judah (Praise) will go first.

1 Samuel 20:18 (Safer to leave an empty seat among enemies than be sorry.) Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon (festival): and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

2 Samuel 20:18 (Good advice will have you good to go!) She said, “Long ago people used to say, ‘If you want good advice, go to the town of Abel to get it.’ The answers they got here were all that was needed to settle any problem.”

1 Kings 20:18 (Drunken advisors can’t deliver good decisions.) He said, “If they’ve come in peace, take them alive as hostages; if they’ve come to fight, the same—take them alive as hostages.” (Slay them!)

2 Kings 20:18 (Don’t jeopardize your seed over sin.) Some of your own sons will be taken to Babylonia, where they will be disgraced and made to serve in the king’s palace.

2 Chronicles 20:18 (Let’s get back to bowing.) And King Jehoshaphat (knelt down and) bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.

Job 20:18 (Restitution from the unrighteous🙌🏾.) He will give back what he earned without enjoying it. He will get no joy from the profits of his business.

Proverbs 20:18 (Make moves after asking advice.) Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Jeremiah 20:18 (Cheat sheet: The answers are TO LIVE and NO.) Why did I have to be born? Was it just to suffer and die in shame?

Ezekiel 20:18 (Walk away from generational curses.) But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols.