In the Greek Exodus is Exodos, meaning the road or way out. Many people think that pandemic has brought many back to the church ( building) . There have been those who left church, return back to God! Does this mean they returned to church? ( the building) . How wonderful it is that the pews once again will be filled, occupied by those hungry for the presence of God.

It seems the love for church ( the building) has been revived. Believers now have a revelation of who Jesus is. His love for them, and plan for their lives. It’s like there was an awakening! Pandemic has caused people to make room for God. Does this lead back to church? Will all who returned to Christ , Go back to a physical building?

Exodus – A mass departure of people. This maybe touchy, but I believe there has been a Exodus. Many have long left the church , while sitting in the church. What pandemic did was give them an option , they were able to get to know God without the filters. They found community with other online believers.

I believe the biggest Exodus was the mindset of the people of God. No longer do they come in search of religious ceremonies , religious doctrine that places shackles on you. We want the face of God, to be where he dwells. Where we can bring the sacrifice of praise.

In the book of Exodus , Pharaoh had freed the Israelites. God did not take them the route near the Philistines , because they would change their minds. If they people would have had to face war they would have returned to Egypt. They would have rather returned back to bondage. If the people get to a building , with no presence, they are going to change their minds.

Drawing Near

One night I was in bible study. I hear the door to the entrance of the church open. I can hear the footsteps of the person walking in. As the person got closer, I knew it was the steps of my husband. My husband was getting near to me, I felt his presence. I never turned around , but I recognized his steps. How did I know it was him , it was due to our intimacy.

Do I know God like this, Do you? How much we attend church ( in person or online) does not determine our knowing God. I can do so much for God, and not know him. I can have a relationship, with broken fellowship. If I don’t spend time in the Presence of God, I have broken fellowship. Why have broken fellowship, when the cross restored fellowship.

Sometimes we get so busy, that we forget our relationship. We miss moments drawing near to God. We neglect intimacy. We have to get back to desiring the presence. Understanding that all that we need is found in the presence of God. I find when I push aside intimate time, I am overwhelmed. I am not myself. I need the nearness of God.

What does the Presence of God do for You? Here’s a few things that the Presence of God , do for me. 1. It changes you. 2. It refreshes you. 3. Gives you peace. 4. Prepares you.

This is one of my favorite scriptures, I say this to myself often.

Psalms 73:28 ( passion bible)

But I’ll keep coming closer and closer to you, Lord Yahweh,
for your name is good to me. I’ll keep telling the world of
your awesome works, my faithful and glorious God!

It’s the nearness of God for me!

Keep Drawing Near!

We live in a time where there’s a frantic search for identity. At times it seems as if believers are searching the most. Many think who they are connected to gives them identity. We place a false identity on ourselves, searching for something to identify with. We build superficial relationships, only to find out that was a false connection.

Truth is , we can be in Christ, still looking for ourselves. We can do ministry, not knowing who we are. We complicate identity, when we search outside of Christ to know who we are. Transformation is being taught in the basis of making you into, who God already made you. You are transformed. Christ settled your purpose. We have to know that in Christ identity begins and ends.

Identity comes from more than what we do in the name of God, more than callings on our lives. Identity is a knowing. It’s knowing you were always known by God. Knowing that God knew you, when you were formless. You have to know you were planned by God, nothing about you hidden. God’s eyes were always on you.

Now that you know that identity is found in Christ, Build upon that. Don’t look for the one who did not create you , to place identity on you. Allow God to give you identity, then he will send others to assist you in your purpose.

Psalms 139: 15-16

My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret. When I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.

I found my identity in Christ, I am bold about who I am, yet humbled that he wrote a plan for me.

Who are you , formed by God, planned. Your Identity Known By God!

Prepared Ground!

It’s September already! I believe there’s something wonderful happening this month. I have an expectation of God , Look for him. I believe God is going to show up for you. Open your heart, Go where God leads, listen for him. Let go of any reservation.

You have been doing the work, preparing the ground. The ground is made ready for what God wants to do in you, and for you. There were many lessons. Some you repeated, some failures, but you stayed the course. You kept your hand to the plow!

You have continued to work the ground! You have tossed the soil. Removed the weeds of self doubt, regret, not feeling good enough. God has covered you with grace . He has watered you with his love. Now your fertile! Your Ground is ready for producing.

Luke 8 :15 “But the seed in the good ground — these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, produce fruit.” We have endured! When everything came to fight against your transformation, You endured! You’re good ground.

I know it’s the 9th month time for birthing! Well implantation was happening, you were pregnant, and didn’t know! Your fertile ground , your prepared ground is ready for what God is going to produce! You were patient, honest with God about you. Because of your prepared ground , you will develop with ease!

Whew! This is blessing me. I have been doing the ground work, God has been changing my heart. I prepared the ground , God will make it happen. Sowed tears, but will reap in Joy! Psalm 126:6

“ If your fertile birth is inevitable “ Tanisha Thomas

You ever arrived to a place on time, but still had to wait? You wake up early, giving yourself time to reach your destination. It seems like you planned perfectly to assure timely arrival. Frustration sets in. Waiting was not in the plans. Waiting is challenging, when you’re ready, but God says wait.

How about when your in the middle of moving, and everything comes to a stop. You know when traffic is suddenly at a standstill. I have been cruising through traffic, in my groove, then suddenly I’m waiting. There’s always a bigger picture to waiting.

The more I wait, Revelation comes. What I did not see was the bad accident, a spill in the road. Waiting kept me from an impending danger, cleared the path. Waiting produces speed, yet slows us down to avoid disaster.

Why is God having you wait? Do he want you to trust him more? Is God asking you to exchange your plans for his? These are the questions I ask myself. Waiting on God gives you more strength and longevity.

I was working on something, when God told me to wait. Huh? God , you Gave me this! Now I see with waiting, comes God’s perfect timing. I learned that waiting on God gives me a great expectancy. I look forward to the better way he has!

“But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.”

Isaiah 40:31 AMP

“Released”

There are so many layers to “Released”. I sit in my classroom thinking of the many things , that tried to hold me hostage . Thank God, I am released! As you move out into your weekend remember you’re Released! There’s nothing that can keep you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life.

So many times we put our energy into thinking people can stop what God has for us. God knows the plan he has for us, no one can hinder it. Be Free , you are free! Be confident in God, trust him to release you into his purpose for your life.

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“Sweet Sixteen“

(Aborted)

There’s a part in a Sweet Sixteen where you exchange, your flats, for heels. This symbolizes you’re walking into womanhood. I walked into womanhood, but I aborted motherhood. I chose the party, not the baby Shower. This decision seemed so easy at the time. At the moment it felt like the right thing to do.

A girl’s sweet sixteen is one of the most exciting times of her life. Getting dressed with her friends, wearing a gown. I remember my colors black and white. I had pin curls in my hair. I was the “ Belle Of The Ball”. I rode to the church in a town car with my date. I was becoming a woman…… right? I was having a Sweet Sixteen, that automatically made me mature enough to handle my decision…right?

I recall receiving a Bible. It was not until years later, that I would understand the feeling. I felt dishonest, it felt like betrayal. My family and friends were there to celebrate me, I put those feelings aside. So each time I had another abortion , I put those feelings to the side. The feeling that though this was hidden from people, it was not hidden from a God.

The truth is I didn’t know if abortion was wrong, I just knew that It caused me to ignore my emotions. At this time I did not have relationship with Christ, yet I felt his nearness. I knew that he was looking at my heart, and calling me to himself. I love how God loves .

Abortion is the church’s best kept secret. We don’t discuss it, even though their are women sitting, suffering in silence. Women who think they are not forgiven, who did not want to bear the shame. The women who chooses abortion over shame. The women masking the hurt.

This what I do know, is that we overcome by the blood of the lamb , and by the words of our testimony. ( Revelation 12:11) I don’t carry shame , because I know I have been redeemed. The cross took away my shame. This is why I share my story , I am Forgiven . I will always remember my sweet sixteen. I don’t regret having abortions , I don’t need to carry that weight.

There’s nothing that can separate you from the love of God. There’s not a shame, or mask that he can’t replace with his glory. It’s your story for his glory. (So Cliche) Abortion to me is less a political issue, and more of a heart issue. I being the church, choose compassion for the women sitting next to me in the church.

If I tell my story, it doesn’t have to become someone else’s story. If you have this story , and sit in shame, remember there’s forgiveness for you.

Yesterday I was exercising, and I here a pop in my leg. I felt an unbearable pain. I had to crawl to my phone. I could not walk, my left leg couldn’t bear the weight. God always speaking , even in the weirdest circumstances.

People love to call others broken. I know… just like toxic it’s trendy. We use broken to describe every lifestyle that’s not like ours. It describes what we think we see, meanwhile there’s a brokenness in you that may not be visible.

I went to the doctor, they gave me a x-ray. The doctor determined there was no bones broken. There was a pulled muscle, I had to get crutches. My leg was not able to support any weight on it.

Are people broken , because they can’t handle the weight that life can bring? Are they broken for needing help? There are broken people, we all have some brokenness. We can’t keep labeling people broken because they don’t measure up to our perception.

My leg was not broken, it needed help to carry the weight. The crutches are temporary, my leg will heal. I am still able to accomplish things even with the crutches. Broken does not make you unusable. God will still use you , while he heals you.

You see when God is your crutch, when you lean on him, you find healing. Some of us have crutches that blind us of our own brokenness. God shows us these areas and heals. Brokenness is not a permanent place, it’s a process we walk through. It’s a circumstance the we encounter multiple times throughout our lives.

God does not shame us in brokenness, he draws us closer. Psalm 147:2-6 He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our lord is great with limitless strength. We’ll never comprehend what he knows and does. God puts the fallen on their feet again.

Isaiah 43:1 , Psalm 34:18, Peter 5:7

“ Adjust”

I write this as I sit in the car , while my husband is in his dentist appointment.

As I was getting ready to leave my house, I looked out the window. It was cloudy , I can see the trees moving from the wind. I said to myself I can wear my jean shorts , with a sweatshirt. The weather seemed to be in between. It appeared to be a cool day.

I come outside, think to myself such a nice , not hot day. Well that ended quickly. I sat in the car waiting, growing warmer by the minute. The sun came out and beamed on me in the car. I had to face it, it was hot!

Why did I in August, put on a heavy sweatshirt. I thought putting it on with shorts would make it in season. I know that it’s summer, and that outfit could have worked for the fall. I knew it wasn’t the correct season , still I put it on.

Good thing I had a summer shirt in the trunk of my car. I changed right in the car , in the parking lot. It’s important to be aware of of the seasons of our lives. That’s not the lesson SIS!

The lesson was when God makes a sudden change, can I adjust to it. It was cloudy when I left the house, but there was a shift in the weather. Do I trust the shift that God is making in my life, Can I adjust to his will and deny what I want.

I had to change my shirt to be comfortable, would I have been able to sit uncomfortably , while I waited on my husband. Can I be uncomfortable when adjusting to what God says, can I wait in discomfort for him to perform his word?

I realized that adjusting to what God has for me, keeps me from striving in the things of God! I can adjust , because he is worth the wait. Adjust yourself, this shift in God IS WORTH THE WAIT.