Your Prayer Life, Your Purpose & You!

By Tanisha Hopson

When I first discovered that George Washington Carver was a man of God, I was immediately intrigued by his life story! One of the things that impressed me the most is that he had an authentic prayer life.

Carver routinely got up at 4 AM, walked through the woods, and asked God to reveal the mysteries of nature. He often prayed, Job 12:7-8: Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will teach you;or speak to the earth, and it will teach you. Carver literally asked God to reveal the mysteries of nature. And God did.

In Carver’s own words:
I said, “Lord, why did you make the universe?”
The Lord replied, “Ask for something more in proportion to that little mind of yours.”
“Then why did you make the earth, Lord?” I asked.
“Your little mind still wants to know far too much,” replied God.
“Why did you make man, Lord?” I asked.
“Far too much. Far too much. Ask again,” replied God.
“Explain to me why you made plants, Lord,” I asked.
“Your little mind still wants to know far too much.”
So I meekly asked, “Lord, why did you make the peanut?”

And the Lord said, “For the modest proportions of your mind, I will grant you the mystery of the peanut. Take it inside your laboratory and separate it into water, fats, oils, gums, resins, sugars, starches and amino acids. Then recombine these under my three laws of compatibility, temperature and pressure. Then you will know why I made the peanut.”

 
George Washington Carver
One of the 20th century’s greatest scientists, George Washington Carver’s influence is still being felt today. Rising from slavery to become one of the world’s most respected and honored men, he devoted his life to understanding nature and the many uses for the simplest of plant life. He is best known for developing crop-rotation methods for conserving nutrients in soil and discovering hundreds of new uses for crops such as the peanut.

 
Our Reflection Question of the Day:
How could your life be different if you dared to pray like George Washington Carver?
Today, it is my hope that you will be inspired to open your heart to God’s plan and purpose for your life. Put away the chitter – chatter of convenient distractions, get into your secret place with the Lord and listen intently for God’s voice regarding the next steps for your life. Be bold, be intentional in prayer and watch God move mightily in your life.

Make it an awesome Sunday & be sure to love one another!

 

 

 

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Falling In Love With Your Divine Purpose

By Tanisha Hopson

 

“Alexander Graham Bell believed that sound could be converted into electrical impulses and transmitted by wire. No one remembers those who thought he was crazy. We only remember the man who had the vision and created the telephone. If you do things in a halfway manner, you can always find a job somewhere. Yet if you do just enough to get by, you are going to remain simply an employee. However, if you decide that you’re going to find something that is truly yours, then you will fulfill your vision, and you will be remembered by others.”~ Dr. Miles Munroe

When a vision is from God, sometimes you might have a hard time sleeping. I discovered this reality recently. God placed an awesome dream in my heart that I could not shake, or stop thinking about. Oh my goodness! I tossed and turned in the midnight hour, anxious only to awake and get more of the vision down on paper before it escaped my memory.

Nevertheless, I got up that morning feeling super charged and excited to start my day and make a difference in the world. As I started to write down the plans that God placed in my heart, I was overwhelmed with joy as I got more and more excited! This my friend, is what I call “falling in love with your divine purpose”.. Although I have full knowledge that the vision from God is for an appointed time, I have allowed myself to still dream and wonder about this treasure that He has placed on the inside of me. In due season, it will come to pass…And, so will yours..

 

Today’s Reflection:

God has something that He wants each and everyone of us to do. He has purpose on His mind for all of us. However, it is our failure to ask Him, and to be ready to execute that keeps us in the same place year after year. Today is March 28th 2014, what is your next purpose driven move? I encourage you to fall back in love with your divine purpose!

Ephesians 3:20-21 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

You Have the Power to Shape Your World…

By: Tanisha Hopson

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. – Genesis 1: 1 – 3 (NIV)

If you take a second to look around in your own space; you will see that everything including your appearance, relationships with people, material things, and environment are all a product of what you have created. Yes, you are ultimately responsible for the current state of your life!

Just think about it…. If you walk into a room in your home and you don’t like what you see; you have the power to rearrange things, update some artwork, and/or clean up the space. Often times, something as simple as cleaning up your space can result in clarity of thought, a refreshed spirit and the strength to forge ahead with whatever you need to handle in your life. Likewise, if you would take the time to take inventory of what must go and what must stay in your life, you will find that you will be much more fulfilled and equipped to assist others as well.

When was the last time you took time to steal away from the drama of the world to connect with your Father in heaven? Connecting with God when stress is looming around you is often times just what you need to regain and maintain your sanity. When things get to this point where you feel that you are overwhelmed, something has to change. However, the question is: Are you willing to do the work? Change starts with you and is as easy as making a proclamation, working through the process and sticking with the plan.

In the bible, God constantly spoke things into existence. So, if we are His children, why can’t we use the same power to speak things into and out of our lives, as we do the much needed work on ourselves?

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What are you doing to make your world and your environment a better place? No matter what is going on in the world, you have the power to SHAPE YOUR WORLD and impact others around you in a grand way. So, the thought of the day is: “If you don’t like the space or situation that you are in, change it”.

What Season of Life Are You In?

By Tanisha Hopson

Everything happens for a reason, and in certain seasons...

Last year, I learned a great deal about times and seasons through hardships and trials, which were out of my control. However, as I sought God to understand these things, my life started to shift, and took on an even better shape and form. To get to this place, I had to pray, shift my thinking and let go of certain situations and people, as I embraced God’s will and assignment for my “recognizable season”. With this in mind, I would like to re-assure you that your “next best level in life” will come from knowing and understanding “your personal life, times and seasons.”

I could sit here and write a best-selling novel about this subject matter. But, for the sake of time I will say this…. I strongly believe that if you have the spiritual intelligence to discern what you should to be doing in any season of your life, your focus level will keep you from allowing other things to overwhelm and distract you from living your most abundant life! To gain a better understanding, let’s reflect on Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. It says:

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

The resounding theme in this scripture example is: “there is a time to do this, or a time to do that.” However, if you are not including God in every step of your decision making, you can find yourself greatly distressed and dumbfounded by “silly nonsense” thrown your way from the enemy.

Anytime is the perfect time to begin to charge up our lives with prayer! Stop being led by what you see, and start being led by what God is speaking to your spirit through His Word and in your quiet time with Him. Humbling ourselves in a sincere posture of prayer helps us to wait on God for His perfect timing.

Moreover, when you start to gain wisdom from God about what time/season you are in, you will know exactly where your focus needs to be. Are you in a season of learning? Or, are you in a season for self-reflection and growth? Are you in a season for reaping? Or, are you in a season of planting seeds within others? At any rate, your challenge for today is to get understanding in this area, so that your life will begin to flow in the most fruitful, divine and spectacular way for you!