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Today I Can

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I woke up this morning frustrated. I had argued with someone in my sleep and the thing that got me was they questioned my character. The conclusion was drawn not based in who I am but the history they have with someone else. The reality is people do this to us in life all the time. They use their past experiences and assume the future ones will be the same. However, what they don’t realize is in order to get a different result THEY must do something differently.

So I decided to get my mind, get out of bed and start my grind for today. Although it was “just a dream” the truth is different situations will cause people to act differently even if they know within their heart they’re wrong people rather blame someone else instead of taking responsibility.

I made a decision and that decision is TODAY I CAN! Despite the situation around me, despite who says what, despite how I feel, and despite what I see with my natural eyes. Today I Can because I’m able to do whatever I set my mind to do because Christ gives me strength to do it. In fact, God is a partner is my labor and nothing else matters as long and the Father, Son & Holy Ghost are working on my behalf.

I know so many people have the Monday blues. However, each day is precious and time can never be relived. Choose to put your hurt feelings and poor excuses to the side and declare TODAY I CAN!!!!

 

Dr. Mindy

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The Price of the Anointing

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So many people look at me, what I’ve accomplished and the titles I hold and draw conclusions about me based on those factors without getting to know me for who I am.  YES, I have a PhD; YES, I’m an ordained pastor; YES, I’m anointed and that anointing comes with a price. However, there’s one thing that many fail to remember – that I’M HUMAN!!!! Just like you! The only difference is how I choose to live my life.

I remember the day I got saved like it was yesterday although it was 24 years ago. Regardless of what people think of me good or bad – I’m not perfect. However, since the day I got saved I have been committed to my Christian walk and since the day I was called 21 years ago I have been committed to the call and anointing on my life.  I love God so much and it is my responsibility to safeguard that which God has entrusted in me. Yes, this anointing is costly.

No, I don’t have a story of God delivering me from drugs, sex, and alcohol. In fact, He spared me from getting caught up in those cycles. However, drinking is not the sin, the sin is in being drunk and for all your inquiring minds on rare occasions I might have a glass of wine. I remember being a teenager and a pastor telling me that I didn’t belong in the world and if I ever tried to fit in it wouldn’t work. Truth is, I’ve never been the one to go with the crowd whether the one trying to impact the crowd. That’s the price of the anointing.

The anointing comes with a sacrifice. That sacrifice first comes with laying self aside. Not forgetting about myself but putting others first because I have an assignment and those assigned to my hands need me to be in place and ready when our paths cross so that I can effectively minister to them what God put in me to deposit in them. The cost of the anointing means I gave up my freedom to do what I wanted to do. I realized at an early age that it wasn’t about me and I was called with a holy calling that requires me to surrender to will to God for my life. The anointing leads me to meet many people from all walks of life all over the world. Yet those I hold closest to my heart are few for I know and the Savior knows that they will help me to protect the gift in me, build me up and pray for me. The cost of the anointing means walking this journey with many along the path but only a few that actually walk it out with me.

There’s a lot of things I’ve never done, many experiences of life I was able to escape. At the same time, just like you, I’m human and life happens. I’m an emotional being who feels the hurt of my loved ones when they hurt. I have my own emotions that I deal with and although it may be a surprise to you I get mad and sometimes my blood boils from being so upset. Yet the anointing causes me to evaluate my emotions and not be/act in my feelings. See I realized that there are people looking at me and watching me whose name I may never know and face I will never see. YET God in His divine wisdom saw fit to connect us somehow. For that reason, I’m careful about what I do, careful about what I say and no matter where I am or what I’m doing I reflect Jesus Christ. No, I’m perfect. Sometimes I miss the mark. However, the anointing on my life is real. I don’t take it for granted. I respect myself, the call and the anointing to fulfill the call. So you may not understand why I do what I do or the decisions I make. To be honest with you, sometimes I don’t either. Yet, I know that God is with me. Leading me, guiding me, directing me and teaching me His ways.

So I gladly lay down myself, pick up my cross, and march forward all for the sake of Jesus Christ. The anointing is costly. In fact, it cost me my life. A life yielded to Christ. One where I’m transparent and not afraid to admit my wrongs or repent to the God of my salvation. I’m so grateful that He’s faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and that when He called me that calling was holy and He has positioned me in the Kingdom as He see fit.

Forever Favored,

Dr. Mindy

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Thoughts on Kelly Price’s “It’s Your Time”

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I finally listened to Kelly Price’s latest song this morning “It’s My Time.” This song is the perfect example of Christians ministering through secular music. Now, I know some of you are thinking how is that possible while others think anyone not using their gifts inside the four walls of the church is being exploited by the devil. First, let me say just because we may not hear of what our Christian brothers and sisters are doing who have secular careers that put them in the public’s eye does not mean they are not lifting God up and using their gifts in the church also or having a positive impact on other’s life. On the flip side, everyone preaching the Gospel and choosing to be some sort of Christian artist does not automatically make them saved.

Now back to the song! This song is basically a personal declaration of faith to achieve what’s inside of her.  It appeals people from all walks of life & can be viewed as a gospel or secular song. In the first verse it says “Time has come now to refill it….I’ve been waiting for a long time…I gotta do it….I won’t let nothing hold me down…Gotta do it….‘Cause I might not get another chance….I believe it….That I want it, I can have it….I believe it.” Not only is Kelly declaring this in her own life but it’s been spoken into the lives of all that listen/hear the song. The Great Commission tells us to “go into all nations….teaching them to observe WHATSOEVER He’s commanded us.” God’s not is not mentioned in this song but what the Word teaches us is all up in it. The word preach literally means to proclaim. Looks like that’s what is taking place in this song and so many other songs sung by Christians who choose to sing secular music.

On a sidenote, may God strengthen Kelly & her family during this time as they mourn the loss of her sister Sakina Price.

 “It’s My Time….. I’ve been waiting for a long time”

Until next time….

Dr. Mindy

Mic Check, 1-2!!! What Happened to Love?

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I’m unsure if anyone else feels the way I do at this very moment. In fact, the way I feel is hard to explain. However, I’m not going to attempt to  but perhaps you can understand with this question that keeps reoccurring. “Will you marry me” has definitely lost it’s meaning which means people don’t value marriage like they use to. I’ve been asked that question in the last 18 months more then I can remember to count. What does that say? Well, I’m sure some of you are probably thinking I must have been in several relationships & that’s how the question arose. That would be false. In fact, I wasn’t in a relationship with any of these men. Some I had just met and others  I don’t even know their names. I’ve had men ask me to marry them while walking down the street. I’ve had men ask me to marry them because they love the sound of my voice, I had a man ask me to marry him at Wendy’s recently. Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to be asked that question by a man I love with the very essence of my soul & can’t imagine living without. However, I just can’t help but wonder what happened to love?

Once upon a time men where gentlemen and loved instead lusted. They knew their role as a man & was a provider instead of a leach. I’m not saying all men are like this. I’m simply saying, love today is not what it use to be.  Hidden agendas, secret families and identities makes it difficult at times to fall for the true person because you’ve met the custom version. In those cases it robs the individual from making the choice of taking a chance on what you have to offer or going the other way because they know won’t work. What happened to the time when love was just love?

To answer my own question, so many people are selfish so what they are looking for is not happiness in sharing their life with someone else but “I need someone to fill this void.” At times it’s pride that stands in the way of allowing nature to take it’s course. Other times it comes so quickly instead of embracing it – it slips away. Then there’s a lack of transparency and false expectations that leads to heartbreak, disappointment and sometimes shame. However, true love is not impossible although it may not come when you want it rather when you least expect it.

Love, life and happiness is what you make it to be. It’s deciding what you can deal with and who you can’t live without. Love is about sacrifice, selflessness, honesty, openness and enjoying one another. We can help who we fall for because they pull on our heart strings. It’s up to us to treasure them and cease the moment once we do.

Dr. Mindy A. Butler