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We've Got an Amazing Opportunity!

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Cup of Joe has a wonderful new opportunity that I would love all of you to pray about with me. One of the largest direct mail companies in the country has chosen the Cup of Joe book to be part of a test in their new nationwide campaign happening on October. They will be including this book in a marketing mailer of 100,000 pieces. That in itself makes me so excited! Imagine 100,000 people having a chance to read this book! So my publisher, Word & Spirit (Tulsa, Ok), led by a great friend Keith Provance, printed some books to fulfill any possible orders. This is a supernatural opportunity for our ministry and those connected to it. That is why prayer is right now is so important. If the test is successful, they will include Cup of Joe in their regular mailer, which means that this book would be featured in another mailer that would reach multi-millions! Imagine a couple million people starting their day like you with a cup of Joe! That's incredible, right? I have always believed t…

My Light

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The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 I love the declarations that are made in this scripture. The Lord is MY light...MY salvation. He is the stronghold of MY life. There is no reason to be afraid. Life throws a lot of things at us. It can change in a moment. But in the middle of the darkness there is always a light. When God is with you there is nothing; no thing that can come up against you that you cannot overcome. Fear will give way to faith and when faith rises up life is good.
Today I pray that the Lord becomes your stronghold and that He brings faith alive in you. Be strong and very courageous and the light of the Lord will keep you safe! Keep a strong hold on Him! 
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27: 4 NIV)

Dream On

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I don’t know if you ever had a “spiritual” dream…the type of dream that you know was from the Lord to provide you some insight into what you were doing or going through.  I remember about a year ago having such a dream. It was around the story in Luke 5 and Peter launching out into uncharted waters.  He would learn how to hear and listen and obey and see a miracle. I began to see that there is so much power in what I say to myself. For example, I used to walk around my neighborhood declaring  “I am a pastor” long before I became one. The fact is I desired to be a pastor, I worked and prayed towards that and spoke as if I was already operating in that calling. In this dream I felt like God was bringing me to my own uncharted waters to show me more about myself than anything else. He knows I believe in Him and now he wants me to believe in me. Let me share today what this dream taught me. Perhaps it will resonate with you as well.
1-I wondered how many times we often put things away to…

Endurance

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One of the characteristics of a mature believer is endurance. Great endurance and patience will be evident in the life of one that trusts in the Lord. Take a closer look at that word: endurance...U R right in the middle of it! When I think about endurance, I think about sports. If I want to run a long race I have to build up my endurance. I have to begin running. As I get stronger and can endure more, I add distance to my run. Weight training is the same. I start with lighter weights and increase my repetitions until I am able to handle that weight easily. Then I add weight if I am trying to build muscle.
As believers we should be able to endure difficulties. There are many things that we may never get over but we can endure. I think about Jesus and the cross; the bible says that "for the joy set before Him He endured the cross..." It was hurtful and it was difficult. But He focused on the future  in order to endure the pain.
You will never understand what you are not willin…

Are You Happy Where You Are?

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It seems like a lot of the quotes I see these days have to do with happiness...finding it and being saturated by it. Maybe you have even been asked the question, "Are you happy where you are?" In the Bible, 1 Timothy 1:12 says,"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service." There is a lot to take in from that verse. It starts with thankfulness. Thankfulness ushers in strength: God's strength. That strength enables you to remain faithful and serve Him with all of your heart.
When we are fully invested in living for the Lord, we can believe that our steps are being divinely ordered by Him. We contribute to His causes, we pray, we may even fast and then we expect that God will help guide us to the places we should be and to meet the people we should meet. And the incredible thing is that He does! You find yourself in the right place at the right time and for the right reasons which will alw…

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

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1 John 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person? To realize how much John relied and fastened upon the teachings of Jesus is inspiring to me. One lesson he talked about is this one in verse 17 of chapter 3. Have you ever seen someone in need and even though you had the means to meet the need you walked around it? I would guess we all have. At some time in our lives we have seen or heard about something that needed attention and turned a deaf ear. To have what you need, see a brother or sister in a desperate situation and then do nothing is a tragedy, but it also reveals a harmful heart condition. This is not the way that God set up His church. This is not the love of God. The love of God sees a need, feels the pain, and responds with hope AND help. We know that God loves cheerful givers. Cheerful, not careful:) Open your heart along with your eyes and perhaps even your wallets this week a…

Praise is Beautiful

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Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is beautiful. PS 33:1
Some of the most memorable moments I have enjoyed are seeing my children in productions where they act, sing or play an instrument. Whether it was an elementary school function or a church worship service, the feeling was always the same...a proud father with a huge smile on his face loving what he was seeing on the faces of his children.
This scripture out of the psalms tells us something that we must never forget...praise looks good on you! There is nothing more beautiful than watching a room filled with true worshippers.
I can imagine my heavenly Father watching from heaven and seeing my face and hearing my voice as I exalt His name and sing His praises. I believe that just as I felt proud and grinned from ear to ear watching my children praise, so too He smiles and loves the way that the praise looks on me!
The Bible tells us that when we are overwhelmed, when we are under heavy stress and anxie…

Mind Your Own Business

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Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.  For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Galatians 6:4-5 It's easy at times to compare yourself to someone else. Often we look at what we are doing and how well we do it by holding our efforts up against another person's achievements. People today often feel like they don't match up because they see themselves as they relate to things that are not real. By comparing ourselves we fall short. We think we aren't pretty enough, tall enough, rich enough, smart enough and so on. Scripture encourages us to pay attention to our own work. In other words, mind our own business. You can only feel completely satisfied when you know that you have done your best for the Lord and not for anyone else. We are accountable for what WE do and what WE say. Pay careful attention to your own work!

Whatever you do, do it for the Lord an…

Remember.

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May the comfort of the Holy Spirit continue to heal hurts and hearts, and may the grace of God always be sufficient in our time of need. #NeverForget

Pencil Proverbs

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One of my favorite people in the world is my mom:) She is the first to like anything I do and yes, she is the first to point out anything that is wrong too! I try to provide her devotion material with this blog and sometimes she has some wonderful things to pass on to me as well. Since you never stop listening to your mom, I am going to share with you some wisdom from the past that she has passed on to me. It involves lessons we learn we from the pencil. So here are a few lessons in the Cup of Joe Pencil Proverbs.
Lesson1- EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.
Some lines are bolder than others but they are all visible.

Lesson2 -YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.
Thats what friends, I mean erasers are for! When life seems to have flipped upside down, it might be time for a do-over.

Lesson3 - WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.
If you aren't showing up and being seen, you will have no impact.

Lesson4 - IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENING,
   WHICH …

Recognize the Good

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HEB 5:12-14  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
There is alot to be said for having a gift of discernment. To "discern" is to perceive or recognize something. It's a skill set that can be developed by living a righteous life. We make choices everyday and its crucial to see and recognize the difference between right and wrong, what helps us and what hurts us. Often as believers we fall away from godly wisdom and find ourselves in need of "milk" and not solid food. There comes a time when we have to fully mature and move from living on milk to being fed the meat of the Word o…

Bloomability

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I've never heard this word until my daughter showed me the book she was reading at school. Bloomability was the title. The ability to bloom is a gift. To be able to rise to the top and blossom n matter what the conditions is truly a divine skill set. Some folks just succeed in whatever situation you put them in. In the book of Genesis, Joseph had bloomability. His brothers conspired to kill him and threw him in a pit. It wasn't long before circumstances led him to Potiphars house, the commander of Pharoahs army. He ran the entire household and controlled the business. Everything he touched prospered. Read on and you see him set up for a fall and thrown into prison. What they didn't know was that he had bloomability. No matter where you put him, he blooms. Soon he was out of jail and over all of the business affairs of Egypt! We are given bloomability by God. No matter what happens around you, like Joseph we can decide to not get bitter: we can get better! Allow your faith…

Eat the Fruit of Your Labor

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Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to Him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Psalm 128:1-2

Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It's the place where all of the great things of God start. Being obedient to what He is asking of us is the initiator. But what intrigues me today is the next verse. You will eat the fruit of your labor. Think about that for a moment. What if the food you were to eat today was to come from the work you are doing? What would you be eating? How much would be on your plate? Would you be looking at a feast or a famine? A blessed life is a direct result of a working life. There are many kind acts that can be done that cost nothing. These random acts of kindness are part of the obedient life: a life that fears the Lord. Being considerate of each other is the way we move towards the blessing and prosperity of God. Whatever you do, do it for the Lord and you will experience the success that…