Sunday, August 8, 2010

Do You Believe? My Story of faith, trust and love.

Hello everyone,

I pray this blog finds you all in good cheer, courage and strength. I just returned from Louisiana visiting my family. It was so hot, but it was so good to be home, to see my eighty-eight year old mother who looks so good and is in wonderful health, praise God, my sister, nephew, brother and friends.  The local newspaper even published a nice article about my business/ministry and new book.  "Hope is Alive". 

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow, Monday, August 9th to the Mother Love Radio Talk Show at at 3:00 to hear us talk about my new book and how to survive a lay off  by faith.

Faith is the substance of all things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. (Hebrews 11:1) Do you believe?

For the majority of my life from what I can recall, I have used the word faith. I told people over and over again, I believe that all things are possible. After all, that is what God’s word says, but you know its one thing to say it and another thing to actually believe it. Do you follow me? Many say they have faith, yet when the test, the trials and the tribulations come, how do they handle them? How do you handle them? It’s easy to have faith when everything is going well, kind of like having trust. Let’s face it; life is full of ups and downs. 
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (Romans 5:3)

God didn’t say there wouldn’t be trials, tests or tribulations. His word says there will be tribulation, but we are to glory in them. Many would ask how in the world “do you have glory in the midst of a tribulation?” The word says that tribulations worketh patience. It goes on to say that patience worketh experience, and experience, hope. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:4-5)

God loved us so much that He gave His son for us.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

We are called to love God; Many people say they love God. However, if we truly love God, it will be evident in our walk with God. To have faith is to believe that God is who He says He is.

For example, I am truly living by faith right now. Either I believe that God is who He says He is or I don’t. It’s up to me. God will not make me believe. Now I can choose to say I believe and that I have faith which is what I have been saying for the majority of my life. However, when it comes down to the nuts and bolts do I really believe that God is who says He is?

I am a single mom of three wonderful sons that are 14, 17, and 19 years of age. They are all over 6’4 feet tall with the oldest son standing at 6’7. I say this to make a point. They eat a lot. My 19 year old doesn’t live with me anymore but praise God is doing well. I am blessed because great is the peace of my children. Praise God.

Not only am I a single mom, but for the first time in twenty-five years, I am unemployed due to a lay off. That’s right I don’t have a corporate job anymore. I have had husbands leave me in the past, but I have always had employment. God is good.

I believe that God will take care of me and my sons. He always has. The job was not my source. God is my source. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. My natural eye (circumstances) say panic, what are you going to do? You have bills. One of your sons is in his senior year of high school, plays football, on the volleyball team, and gets good grades, a great kid that deserves good things. What are you going to do? The mortgage Company didn’t want to work with me before I lost my job because I was current on my mortgage. What are you going to do now that you don’t have employment? The bills didn’t stop, as a matter of fact some of them increased, what will you do? What about health insurance, dental insurance? What will you do?

I share this with anyone that is reading this blog today to say to you these are the circumstances that face me and my family today? A month ago I was employed with a decent income, A-1 credit, health benefits and paying the bills on time. It’s amazing how things can change in an instance. I consider myself to be a woman of faith, a woman of God. Many in the Christian world might say, well what did she do? Remember, God didn’t say that tribulations wouldn’t come. He said we are to glory in tribulations. God will get the glory in every circumstance of our lives, if we lean not to our understanding and let Him direct our path. (Proverbs 3:6). Let His will be done, not mine.

Am I a woman of faith or not? I trusted God when the bills were being paid, the mortgage was on time, and the health benefits were good. Boy, did I have faith.

Do I still have faith in the midst of my current circumstances? Do I truly believe that God is who He says He is? Do I believe His word, which says it is a sin to worry, for he takes care of the lilies of the field? What more will he not do for me?

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6: 28-34).

I do believe that God is who He says He is. I believe that His word is true. I have faith in the midst of my circumstances. I look to the unseen and not at the things I see. If I choose to look at my circumstances right now, I would probably say forget it. I choose to look at God. I believe that God will not fail me nor will He fail anyone that believes in Him. It’s the choice that I choose to make.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have my moments. After all, I am human. However, when I feel one of those moments coming on, I get in the face of God. I fall on my knees and began to thank Him for who He is. He is the author and finisher of my faith. He is the author and finisher of our faith, if we choose to let Him in. I know I can’t do this without Him. I need God. That’s my choice. I choose to believe that He is who He says He is. I choose to stand on His word in the midst of what my circumstances say. I choose to look at the unseen and not at what I see. I choose God. My hope is in God. My trust is in God. My faith is in God. My obedience is to God.

I know that God will not fail me. His word tells me this. God will never leave nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5).

Where is your faith today? Do you believe that God is who He says He is?
If so, what are you doing to show it?  We would love to hear your comments.  

Pick up a copy of my book “Hope is Alive” which can be purchased at  It is a book of encouragement, faith and trust for times such as these.  The cost is $14.99. 

I pray for everyone. These are trying times. With God all things are possible. 

I will close with my poem, “I am a Kept woman which can be seen on the you tube video and is also available for purchase on my website in the form of tee shirts, home décor, desk décor, bookmarks and is featured in both of my books.

A percentage of all profitable proceeds from Anointed Gifts and Services will be donated to help feed the hungry, visit the sick, clothe the naked and help the poor.

May God bless you all. Keep the faith. Be thankful in all things, remembering to always give God praise, no matter what.  Feel free to contact me if you need prayer or encourgement.   

There is no place like home.


  1. Are we blinded by love? 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10. If someone we care about hurts, our first instinct is to remove the pain. We want to offer money, advice, or a way out of a mess. However, if God is not ready to have the problem patched up, then the believer who repairs it gets himself into a fix. The Lord will discipline a Christian who obstructs His work in another person's life.
    Love can blind us to the fact that God bring a person to a position of utter desperation so that they will give up their self-sufficiency. Only when His strength is manifested in their weakness do they finally know what it means to rely upon God. We do not want to hinder such an essential lesson!

    Our heavenly Father's ways often do not make sense to humans. We wonder how pain could be the means of bringing about spiritual victory. Yet His greatest triumph--overcoming sin and death--was achieved through Jesus Christ's sacrifice, which involved physical and emotional anguish. And the example in the paragraph above helps us understand why God uses hardship to mature believers: Hurt and despair often strip away the "props" we depend on and expose our need for a Savior. Man's weakness is a showcase for God's strength.

    It is only natural that we want to rescue hurting loved ones. However, we may not be the tool God wishes to use for that purpose. The wise course of action is to ask God if He wants us to get involved. Then, we must be sensitive to His will and ready to stand aside so that His plan can move forward.

    The people we help are usually the ones who abuser us. We must learn how to forgiving an abuser (Ephesians 4:30-32). When I tell abuse victims that full healing requires forgiving their abuser, many will argue. Their message is generally the same: "You don't understand the hurt I've endured." They're right. But I do know that a bitter spirit penetrates every part of our life like a cancer. Anger and resentment are symptoms that cannot be pushed away and ignored. They spill out, harming relationships and leading to risky decisions.

    Withholding mercy feels as if we are punishing someone who inflicted harm. But people cannot take revenge on one another without destroying themselves. That's why the Lord calls us to follow His example of extending grace to all (Eph. 4:32). No one can justify holding back forgiveness when God has given His so generously. An abuser does not deserve pardon, but neither are we worthy of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.

    The cross was a torture device. Death was slow and excruciating, but at least the physical pain was temporary. Jesus' worst torment began when, because He'd taken our sin upon Himself, He was rejected by God and severed from perfect love and companionship. I may not know your pain, but I assure you that Jesus does. He'll help you overcome hurt, anger, and bitterness if you'll simply give up your unforgiving spirit.

    Forgiveness is a choice--an act of service to the Lord and a witness to the person who inflicted our pain. No matter how terrible the acts committed against us were, God demands that we show mercy. For our good and His glory, He wants us to give up the "right" to punish an abuser

    So let us forgive, let go or the hurt and pain, and allow God to heal us.

    Minister Velma (the Angel)

  2. I will pray for you. I am glad your faith is so strong. Blessings.

  3. Middle Child thank you for your prayers. I appreciate them. God bless you.