All posts tagged: Family

Make my house a Home


Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23 My house has become a home because: It’s chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ. It’s resting on a firm foundation which is Jesus Christ. It”s a temple in which His Holy Spirit dwells. It’s a dwelling of prayer and worship It’s residents have been chosen, made royal and holy. He has tied up the strong man, plundered his goods and made my house a home. He has made it a home of contentment, peace and quiet – instead a house of feasting and strife. He has answered my prayer – “Thy Kingdom come, Your will be done as is in Heaven.” He has made it is home of rest and sound sleep because he is a strong and wise builder. He has been counted worthy of more glory and honor than anyone else in my home. Warren W. Weirsbe once said, “Salvation means we …

WAR


He can’t have your Family He can’t have your Increase He can’t have your Breakthrough No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

10 Mistakes Leaders Must Avoid At All Cost


If you are a pastor, a husband, a business executive, a small group leader or a project manager – you are a leader. Whatever your title is – if you lead, it is imperative that you lead in the right spirit. We are all affected, one way or the other, by the culture we live in. And to make matters worse, we all have a fallen nature that affects our different leadership styles. But no matter what our culture dictates or what our fallen nature tries to impose on our leadership style, there is always a better way to lead. That way is the way is in Christ Jesus, by the Holy Spirit and through the wisdom that comes from His word. Here is a list of pitfalls to avoid at all cost as a leader. They don’t only hinder your ability to lead well, they hinder your team, family or organization from functioning or performing at the highest levels. Jealous Spirit 1 Samuel 18:8-9 ESV And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased …

Charity Begins at Home


A Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13  Author Unknown and altered by J. Yardy Though in the glamour of the public eye I sway the emotions of many by my oratory, or my silver singing, or by my skillful playing, or by my winning personality, and then go home and gripe because things don’t go m way, I am become a sounding brass or a tingling cymbal. And though I am able to impress others with my vast knowledge of the deep things of the Word of God in Bible Studies and prayer groups, and though I am able to accomplish mighty things through faith so that I become famous in the church as a remover of mountains, and have not love that reads the deep longings of the hearts around the family circle, and removes the barriers that grow up in shy and tender hearts, I am nothing at all. And though in glamour of public praise I bestow my goods to feed the poor, and though I win the name and fame of the …

I am officially back!


40 days ago, I decided to take a break from blogging to kind of reevaluate my priorities. Well, with the Lord’s help, I think I finally have everything in its proper place. Thankfully, blogging is back on the list, but not in the same place it was. I am thankful for your prayers and the many wonderful thoughts I received from many of you by email.  Today, I would like to announce that I am officially back! I look forward to connecting again with all of you for mutual encouragement in the Lord. My first post will center on some of the things the Lord has dealt with me during these 40 days. For example: Family, humility, charity, priority, service, and love.  I’ve learned that “the home is the acid test of the truly yielded life, for in all other phases of Christian service there is a certain amount of glamour; but in the home, one is confronted with the bare facts of life, stripped of all glamour.” I am sure you will enjoy reading my next …

Strong Finish: Part 1 Strong Family


The graveyard is the riches place on earth, because it is here that you find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were ever sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because some one was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or decide to carry out their dreams. -Les Brown What’s your hope and dream for your family? How determined are you to see it come to fruition? Every family needs Jesus as foundation of their home. Every family has to have a sense of mission and purpose at the heart of the home. Every family needs to have love, integrity and a good and balanced work ethic at the center of their lives. The lack of these qualities and a misguided sense of purpose have thrown many families in a downward spiral, failing to finish stronger than they started. A lot of families are running after too many things that really don’t matter. …

I will never be the same: The impact of a selfless mother


  I remember the gifts you extended to total strangers The food you made us set aside for anyone who would come asking How house maids became sisters and guys who just came for job opportunities became brothers I remember the displaced families of 30 men, women and children With whom we equally share our food and house when war raged on the country side I remember when you chose to put us in private schools Depriving yourself of fun, fancy clothes and shoes How every day you went to work and came right back home to be with us I have seen your tears, and your generosity, not only to us, but for total strangers Even though I should be the one calling and texting you, you beat me to it every day Thank you – I will never be the same. You’ve taught me what it really means to be selfless Happy Mother’s Day Mom! With much love – Walter

A Playlist for Mother’s 75th Birthday


My mother turns 75 years old today and her 7 children (five girls, two boys) and countless grand-children are all coming together to celebrate her life. We are coming from all over the United States for this event. She has no clue this going down. I share the news here because she doesn’t read my blog so don’t go telling. 🙂 For our trip to the East Coast, my daughters decided to put together a playlist. My mother’s name is Mozel, so they named the playlist – Mozel 75 – sounds like a cheap motel, but this lady is a class act.  So, here are the 10 songs we chose to help us celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman.. I especially dig “Mama”and “Seasons.”  Ready or not – Britt Nicole Have your way – Deitrick Haddon I feel so Alive – Capital Kings #LITO – Press Play Mama – Jaeson Ma Papa San – Get Right Seasons – Benjiman Step up – Papa San Jamaica Praise Medley – NewWorldSon – Dangerous – Group 1 Crew.  I …

3 Things my children will never do


I’m the youngest son of two very loving and generous parents, brother to six beautiful ladies and four handsome guys. I’m the youngest man in this soccer team of 11, but I have two younger sisters. My mother made all the boys in the family take turns, with the girls, preparing dinner for the entire family during the week. Where I’m from, it is considered a thing only women do. But not in my mother’s house. Everything the girls did we did: we cooked, we wash dishes, we did laundry. Growing up, it was important to talk to my parents and older siblings in a way that was polite and respectful. So, Mama and Papa was acceptable, nothing else. I called Marcus – “Boy Marcus” – Florence – “Sister Florence” anything else was not necessarily disrespectful, but a little impolite. Older people, outside our home were politely called – Mr. or Mrs – uncle or aunt – sir or madam, never by their first name. Now, you may argue – “different strokes for different folks” and I’m totally cool with that, but in my home there are three things …