by Latricia Bailey
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:3-6 (NIV)
The beginning of a new year often brings about resolutions and promises to do things better than the previous year. Have you tried to make a commitment to do better and live better, but struggled with following through? Did you promise to lose weight, or save money, or have better relationships? Maybe you said you would go to church more or throw out some things in your home. Or did you decide to stop some bad habits like smoking? Perhaps you finally have decided to change your “stinkin’ thinkin’” and develop a better mindset. Whatever the case may be, have you often wondered about how God is truly the key? Why do I say that? Continue reading
by Latricia C. Bailey
“Whatever state I find, myself in, I’ve learned how to be secure knowing that God will supply all my needs and will work things out for my good. It will get better . . . God is in control.”
This is the song that keeps playing in my spirit and reminds me of God’s Word in Philippians 4:11 that talks about being content in whatever state I find myself in because God is always in control. The song is in my spirit because we sang it in church during the Installation/Consecration Service earlier this year. It was a great worship service, and the new Chair of the Prince Georges Baptist Association is off the chain for God! He preached from Psalms 119:133, which tells about the Lord directing or ordering our steps in His Word, and to let no iniquity have dominion over us. God is the one who orders our steps, and we need to have ordered steps in Christ, not be like “Chicken Little”, being scared at every little whim or falling apart every time something happens.
The song, Better, also reminds me of being better and content even when my “state” is as an offender. It is easy to be the one who was offended by someone else, but what happens when you are the one who offended someone else? How do you remain content in this state? It is an embarrassing, frustrating, isolated, and lonely place to be in. Sometimes it feels stifling. People can take the position of feeling guilty about offending someone or others, or they can take the position of dismissing it as something the victim should just get over. Another position is to stay neutral and do nothing. Well, the Word of God tells us Continue reading
by Latricia C. Bailey
Why do I choose to love you ask? I choose to love because God chose to love me first, and He commands us to love. I’m not talking about cute little “puppy love”, but UNCONDITIONAL love. It is hard to love someone without conditions, but when you choose to do so, you gain all the benefits God intends for love to bring. What do I mean you might ask? Well, let me explain.
Recently my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. WOW! I can’t believe we’ve lasted so long! All those times we could have killed one another, but didn’t. We made a choice. Michael Clarke-Duncan’s character in the movie, The Green Mile, said it best when he said, “They kill ’em wit they love.” So true. It’s even Biblical how wicked our hearts are. The Bible says,
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT)
Now if the very Creator of our hearts and the Controller of our fate commands us to love one another without condition, also warns us that our main tool we use to love one another with (our heart) is deceitful and desperately wicked, then how do we love others? First, we must CHOOSE to love. Continue reading