"God's Plan is Perfect"

“God’s Plan is Perfect: so trust it”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace and not for attending evil, to give you a future and a hope”. (NKJV)

“I know what I am doing.  I have it all planned  out, plans to take care of you, not to abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”. (MSG)

I was a 19 year old young married lady not knowing what to expect from life. The only thing I knew; that on December 25, 1990, I was holding a baby boy in my arms, Louis Mays Jr.  Looking at my then husband, Louis, and wondering … “now what?”  The only thing I could remember was these words told to me by my mother, “God always take care of his babies”.  I dug my heels in on that truth so I dedicated that baby’s life to Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit reassured me through the Word of God that He had a major plan for Louis Sr.

Wow!, I was just living on prayer and faith.  I patterned my life and parenting skills in prayer.

7 ½ years later  my second blessing, Josiah G. Mays,  arrived on May 20, 1997. I was experienced at this (I thought) for God gave me his name.  The next step was to put him in the hands of the LORD by dedicating his life to God for He had proven to be faithful.

Two sons, one Lord Jesus, and me.

I believed the Word of God. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart”. Proverb 22:6.

As a young Christian mother I know that our father Abraham believed God’s Word and Godaccounted him as righteous. Aline believed God for Jesus’ righteousness.  My  parenting skills were found in the Bible and Jesus Christ alone.

Through all the trials, struggles of life, pains and joys. I stand today and declare, “God’s plans are true, perfect, and His promises are FAITHFUL”. 

I am proud to introduce to you…. 2 men of God, purposed and planned for God’s purpose.

Louis Gregory Mays, Electrical Engineer, B.S

Josiah Gregory Mays, United States Airforce Airman

Thankful mom, Aline Mays-Easley, B. A., MA.,  Psychology

GOD IS GOOD🙏!  THANK YOU JESUS!!

Unveiled and Confident

 

“Unveiled and Confident”

Feeling confident is a struggle for most people.  We tend to compare ourselves with other people.  The struggle to be unveiled from feelings of low self-worth and to be confident in who you are can be a difficult task for some people.  We spend some much time covering up our flaws and minor blemishes.

Where does your confidence lie?  For many of us we may say that our confidence is found in our ability, talents, or gifts.  Maybe you are the person who has placed your confidence is in the fact that you have status and a high position, or maybe it is that you have all the material things in life.  Many people find confidence in their professional achievements and titles.  The truth is that we should not place any confidence in things or people. 

To understand true confidence we must take time to see what has been unveiled and given to us in Christ Jesus.  Our sin and disobedience is the reason why many people feel emotionally disconnected to God.  When we are in broken fellowship with God, we lose our confidence and want to run and hid.  This is what Adam and Eve did in the garden when they disobeyed God.  God is holy and we are unholy, therefore, there can be no true fellowship with the father when we are sinful.  You do not have to remain in that state any longer; God took care of that problem for us.

You can be unveiled and confident because of God’s love for us.  God sent Jesus to be our mediator between himself and humanity (Romans 5:9-10).  It was at Calvary that Jesus yielded up His spirit and veil in the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.  God himself tore the veil from the top to demonstrate to us everything is unveiled and we have total access to come boldly with all confidence into his presence.  There’s nothing that can separate us from his love.  Herein is where our confidence lies.  

God granted us Hope & Confidence, but we must accept it.  Are you willing to believe and enter into his holy presence?  Enter boldly into his love, joy, and peace.  Go beyond the veil and find that connection, communication, and communion with our heavenly father is available for you when you enter his holy presence (Heb. 10:23-25).

So let us draw near with a true heart full of God’s acceptance and assurance of faith.  .  No longer should we have low confidence in God’s ability to give to us all the things that he has promised us.  Do not fall back in insecurities or low confidence, but reach for your goal and purpose as you walk in your destiny unveiled and confident in Jesus.  Let nothing hinder your progress.  You can stand boldly and proclaim all sufficiency in Christ, lacking nothing.

Lay hold of your promises and hope with unwavering faith.  You have all assurance knowing that God is faithful.  Move forward in unveiled Confidence.

Emotional Control?

Emotions: Can you trust them?

1 John 2:18

You can't always trust your emotions or desires. It was Eve's failure to control her emotions and desires that lead her to give Adam the fruit to eat. It was Adam's desire to listen and please his wife and ignore the instructions from God. Negative emotions and desires leads to sin.  James 1:14-15 says that each persona is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death

Desires and temptations fall in the three general categories; the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. Your emotions can lead to negative choices.  Eve and Adam failed to their desire to have more.  God had given them everything they needed. But their feelings got the best of them leading them to making a bad choice.   Satan uses the same old tricks on us today.  We must face it… we tend to love the things of the world more that the things of God.  Satan tried to tempt Jesus with the same three temptation, but it did not work.   Jesus Christ loved his Father more and desired to do the will of the father. 1 John 2:15-18, warns all of us to not love the world or the things in the world because this world and its pleasures are passing away.

Although we have to live in this world and there are things that we need for our survival, but it is important to remember that we are not to love the things more than God.  Do you find yourself putting God last and things first? If so, remember that you can’t always trust your emotions and your desires. You are must desire what God wants and nothing else.   

Aline
 

Building Bridges

Race. Religion. Politics.

When it comes to building connections with people these are the three topics we are told to avoid. This is because when it comes to topics like race, for instance, we tend to have so many differences of opinion, different viewpoints, and let's face it, the subject of race in particular often stirs up painful thoughts and words that when shared with someone of the of another race may be ignored, rejected or disregarded. Yet, when you look around the world, you see such harmony in color in all aspects of nature. In the fall, the trees transform into a beautiful display of harmonious yellows and greens and oranges, all beautifully complimentary as they adorn their branches. You do not see color as a reason to separate anywhere in the animal kingdom as well. However, when it comes to humanity, we see our color not as something complimentary, but as an annoying dissonance, a reason to subjugate, despise or separate from others. Whole nations have subdued or sought to destroy others simply because of the color of their skin or the texture of their hair.

Color Separation in Church

I think what is most sad is that this racial separation is found even within the Church at-large. When you look, not only in America, but around the world you will find many examples of the Church separating based on color. It is said that Sunday morning is the most racially segregated time of the week. "Do you go to a Black Church or a White Church?" This is a common question among American Christians about church types and cultures. I often ask myself that if Jesus Christ were physically in attendance in most of today's churches, would he fit into the culture? Would he be seated on the front row with his overtly Jewish appearance and accent? I mean, when did Americans especially become more Christian than the Jewish Church, founded by Jesus Christ Himself? Shouldn't we be taking a few pointers from them about what Church culture really looks like?

The Color of Gospel Music

When shopping for Christian music, you will see genres called 'Black Gospel' separate from 'Southern Gospel' although they are both Gospel music. Although this type of separation may appear in less obvious ways outside of the Church, it should never be said of Christ's Church that we are divided within ourselves in attendance or worship expression because of our race, colors, creeds or cultures. While not everyone will express devotion to Christ in the same way, we should never see this as an annoying dissonance or believe the lie that one culture or color is better than the other just because of the color of their skin. Instead, we should be showing the world what it means to be One Man in the way that God designed us to be, in perfect harmony, perfectly complementing one another in every way. Jesus prayed about this in John 17, even saying that when we reach this level of unity the world would believe that He was sent by the Father! So, with that said, religion and politics aside, isn't it time we remove the racial lines that divide us? Isn't it time that we become intentional about our unity? Isn't it time we built a bridge of hope in the area of racial reconciliation?